Nintendo announces the Wii U at E3 2011

Nintendo announces the Wii U at E3 2011

first_imgNintendo had said they would unveil new hardware at E3 and they didn’t disappoint. The console formerly known as Project Café was unveiled today to be “Wii U,” a combination of “Wii” and “U” to indicate that Nintendo wants this new console experience to be great for groups or individuals, and for all kinds of gamers. All of this will land in your living room in 2012, according to Nintendo execs.The Wii U console itself hardly merited any screen time at the event. We only saw a few brief glimpses of it in a few promo shots of tech demos for what the new Wii U controller could do. The highlight was on the new controller, which features a 6.2-inch touch-sensitive display in the center, along with dual analog sticks, all of the traditional buttons you would expect on the controller (including two triggers), and a front-facing camera. The controller also includes a gyroscope and accelerometer inside for motion sensitivity and control, and a microphone and speaker embedded in the body.The Wii U looks remarkably like the original Nintendo Wii, but just rounded out. It’s worth noting that because so little attention was paid to it – in fact, not once did Nintendo show the Wii U console itself on-screen alone – it’s possible that the images we did catch aren’t the final design. What we did see however was an impressive series of graphics demos showcasing the Wii U’s high-definition video and graphics output.The Wii U controller though was clearly the highlight of the event. Nintendo has designed the controller and the Wii U to work seamlessly with one another, so if you’re playing a game on your HDTV with the controller and someone else wants to watch television, you can bring the game view down to your controller and continue playing on the touch-screen. You can also push video and photos the other way, from the controller itself to your HDTV.You’ll be able to surf the Web either alone on the device or in conjunction with a big screen, play games using just the controller or in conjunction with your television (with the controller as either a magnifier or a secondary display for inventory or maps, for example.) The Wii U will even be able to place video calls to other Wii U owners.Nintendo wants you to be able to play with the Wii U along with your HDTV, or somewhere else around the house, completely independent of your television. They did, however, stress that the Wii U controller may share similarities with portable gaming devices, but it’s not built to stand-alone. It’ll work in short distances with your Wii U console. You’ll also be able to use the touch-screen to play multiplayer games on the controller itself, independent of the console.Nintendo trotted out a number of developers to discuss how they’re embracing the Wii U, including EA, THQ, Ubisoft, Capcom, Namco Bandai, and more. Darksiders II will land on the Wii U when it launches, and games like Tekken Wii Sucessor, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon: Online, Metro: Last Night, and Ninja Gaiden 3 will all be available on the new console. EA took the stage and told us to “imagine” Battlefield 3 on the console, as well as EA Sports games.There are still plenty of questions around the Wii U and what its capabilities will be, but with that many publishers behind the new console and some impressive titles already lined up, Nintendo may have a winner on its hands.last_img

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