Nintendo Wii U Announced

Nintendo Wii U Announced

The Nintendo Wii U was announced early this morning at the Annual E3 expo, and it is the official successor to the Nintendo Wii. Expected to be released early to mid 2012, you could say this is the Wii HD, just with a bit more than meets the eye. The console according to Nintendo is a console for “we and you” referring to the fact that this will be aimed at not just casual gamers like the original Wii, but Hardcore gamers as well, who like myself, have stayed away from it due to the lack of HD graphics in it.

The console itself looks very much like the original Wii, just with more curves and frankly a much more ‘modern’ look which we like. We don’t know exactly how powerful it is just yet, but you can expect if it to appeal to casual and hardcore gamers, then it will have some power behind it, although maybe not more than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

However, it must be noted, that the actual console isn’t the biggest announcement, but rather the new successor to the Nintendo Motion Controller, which is actually a tablet of sorts and dubbed the Wii U Controller.

Basically designed to replace your tv (not really but that’s the idea we get), it’s basically a big Nintendo PSP, with the control’s shifted about. So why is this cool? Well first of all, it’s a 6.2-inch inch resistive touchscreen (with a stylus naturally), and it also has a front and rear camera, and the usual microphone, speakers, and vibration feature as well! As you can see in the picture above, it clearly also has a D-pad Control Pad, buttons, two control sticks (circle pads) as well as inbuilt accelerometer. I’ll say it again, it looks like a bigger version of the PSP Vita (which feature’s a 5 inch screen).

Wii U Controller Mario

The actual cool part is that while it obviously works on the tv, all you have to do if your mom wants to watch those boring Soap Opera’s is switch to your Controller and continue playing away, now that IS ingenious… although it will mean that you may play a bit too much.

Excited yet? Yep, we thought so. Also we’re aware of the fact that the Wii U is compatible with the Motion Control Controllers for the original Wii, but we’re not sure if you can buy and use two Wii U Controllers (perhaps due to pricing? Or lack of power?). We’re not sure how powerful it is like we said earlier, but Nintendo fact sheets say the console has an IBM processor with multiple cores.

Wii U Zelda

Also to note, is the fact the Nintendo Wii U will have built in flash memory (rumored to be 8GB), but also support SD Cards as external storage. We’re not sure about the Disc Format they’ll use either, but the discs are rumored to be 25GB each. And as for the games coming at launch and beyond, the list is as follows:

  • Darksiders 2 (coming at launch)
  • Tekken (you can draw on your characters)
  • Batman: Arkam City
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Dirt
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Metro Last Light, THQ
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razer’s Edge

Frankly not a big list at all, but we’ll still be interested to see how well these games play on the brand new Console! As for pricing, that clearly hasn’t been announced yet, but knowing Nintendo – they’ll try to make it as CHEAP as they can of course which is good news for consumers, but this packs a lot of goodies, so it won’t be as cheap as the Original Wii.

Our Thoughts:

While the concept of this in theory sounds good, we’re not sure how great the idea actually is as the thought of having a massive white tablet like that just lying around on your coffee table doesn’t exactly fit. After all, it’s not sleek like an iPad 2 or anything. This could be a big hit like the Original Wii, or not quite as big a hit (as the Nintendo 3DS), and our overall feeling is that it’s a little underwhelming, especially with the lack of a large games list. Still we haven’t exactly seem proper gameplay yet, so our thoughts could change.

A quick search on twitter shows that our fellow Tech Bloggers and Journalists share mixed views on the Nintendo Wii U, but more seem to agree with our views rather than being completely enthusiastic about it. We need a price, more games, and gameplay footage to start taking more of an interest.

Feel free to agree/disagree with us below!

 


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