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Nintendo Launches Wii U Console And Controller

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Nintendo has a history of gaming innovation with the original DS, the Wii and most recently the 3DS and its newest addition, the Wii U is no different.

Wii U Console

Nintendo decided to concentrate on the more revolutionarty controller during their E3 keynote but we have managed to garner some details about the new Wii U console. First up is the fact that it will be able to pump out HD graphics and 1080p video over HDMI, which is something Nintendo really couldn’t have omitted. The Wii U will also be compatible with component, S-video and composite cables. There will be internal flash memory but we don’t know yet how much will be included though users will be able upgrade via SD cards or an external HDD via one of the four USB 2.0 ports. Wondering how your new HD games will be served up? Apparently “proprietary high-density optical discs" is the answer but one thing we do know is that the Wii U will be compatible with Wii games. It will also work with all current Wii controllers and accessories.

          

Wii U Controller

Without doubt the most revolutionary aspect of the new Wii U is the new controller, which features a 6.2in touchscreen and offers games developers a plethora of new ways to play games. The screen will work as a replacement for you TV should someone interrupt your gaming to watch the latest episode of Come Dine with Me, you simply continue playing on the touchscreen. While the screen will obviously be able to function as a secondary display, that doesn’t describe the extent of the ways it could be used.

For example it will be able to view elements of the game off-screen; it will work as a shield to deflect arrows; it will work in conjunction with a Wii Motion controller to show you your lie on a gold course and in ways not yet even seen - you can even use it on its own to play games. Aside from gaming, the controller will be able to browse the web, view video, share video with a TV screen simply by flicking the content from controller towards the TV and, using the front-facing camera, speaker and microphone, users will be able to make video calls. In addition to the 6.2in screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers as well as two analogue Circle Pads, Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons.

Wii U Games

While the only official launch title mentioned as being in development so far was Lego City Stories there was also a lot more top tier titles previewed to get us pretty excitement. These included: Batman: Arkham City, an Assassin's Creed game, Dirt, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Metro Last Light, Aliens Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, and Darksiders II. While some of the graphics shown at the press conference looked as if they could be running on a PS3 or Xbox 360, for a next generation console, Nintendo will be hoping to outdo both these consoles.

        

Conclusions

It’s hard to say whether the concept of the Wii U excites us or not. Nintendo is keeping a lot of the details under its hat at the moment and is pushing the innovative nature of the Wii U controller over the power of the new console. With a name that will surely infuriate many and confound many more, the jury is still out on the Wii U, which is only natural considering it won’t be available for another 12 months. We’re sure we’ll have plenty of time to assess the good and bad points in the coming months but for now let us know what you think of Nintendo’s latest console.

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