Nintendo Unveils Wii UJune 8, 2011
Nintendo unveiled the Wii’s successor today at E3. The new system will be entitled the Wii U, and, for better or worse, it is unlike any other system we’ve seen before. Nintendo is planning on winning back the hardcore gamers with this newest entry in the long line of Nintendo consoles. The hardcore demographic was essentially left for dead in the time of the Wii, where the casual game reigned supreme.
The Wii U utilizes a crazy controller, one which almost looks like its own portable handheld, such as the recently unveiled Sony Vita. It utilizes a 6.2 inch touchscreeen, a microphone, camera, gyroscope, accellerometer, 2 analog sticks and a d-pad.
It may look like the controller itself can play the games on its own, but sadly that is not the case. The Wii U will have a hardware component that looks similar in size and design to the Wii. The Wii U can stream games to the controller, however, so that another family member can watch TV while you play the Wii U. This controller definitely looks cool, but I forsee it as being prohibitively expensive, and not the type of controller where you go out and buy 3 more so your buddies can play when they come over.
The Wii U is backwards compatible with all Wii games and accessories. No word yet on whether it can play Gamecube games. It can output 1080p video, it has internal flash storage as well as slots for USB and SD memory storage, and it will be available sometime next year. Launch franchises are slated to be Batman, Assassin’s Creed, Ninja Gaiden, Tekken, and more.