After months of speculation Nintendo unveiled their new console to the anxious E3 crowd and the rest of the world. In watching Nintendo’s presentation I felt that were playing it remarkably safe with their game offerings. They promoted characters and minor updates to titles we’d seen in some form or another. The 3DS obviously got a huge shot in the arm with the amount of games announced which are properties we all know and love. The Wii U unveiling was shocking because Nintendo utilized a completely new UI to give players an experience they never seen before. I think the possibilities with this console are endless but will mean nothing if Nintendo doesn’t improve their software offerings. Can anyone honestly say they play their Wii daily? I feel that Nintendo takes great risks with hardware but drops the ball in offering “hardcore” and “casual” gamers a diverse third-party selection which leaves huge release gaps and lowers and hype needed to make people buy a new console. I truly want Nintendo to succeed but if they use the same strategy on the Wii U they used on the Wii you can expect people to be really upset. With that said here are pictures and videos of Nintendo’s revolutionary console.
Here is the console
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Here is the controller
Here is the controller with a stylus for drawing capabilities.
Here is the Wii U announcement trailer that showcases some of the many creative uses for the controller.
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Here is the full spec list for the Wii U straight from Nintendo
- Launches: 2012
- Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
- New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
- Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance Board™.
- Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
- Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
- Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
- Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
- CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
- Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
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