Nintendo Unveils New Video Game Console: Wii U

3:28 PM, Jun 7, 2011   |    comments
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Nintendo announces Wii U (We You) console and controller device for release in 2012.

The Wii U, which combines Nintendo's mantra of maintaing the group aspect of Wii (We) in their current campaign but also centralizing the concept to a singular U (You). The new console features a controller that resembles a video game controller and a tablet computer integrated together.

The controller consists of a large 6.2 inch LCD touch screen that receives images from the Wii U console where users can manage different aspects of the game that is currently being played. Nintendo showcased a new Legend of Zelda property where inventory management happened on the screen of the Wii U's controller instead of having to activate menus that stop the game and appear on the television screen. They now appear on the screen of the Wii U's controller.

The Wii U controller has packed in it gyroscopes and accelerometers to allow the controller to be used in more movement based abilities instead of being held in a stationary position. It also has left and right thumbsticks with a conventional directional pad, four buttons, A, B, X. and Y, and shoulder buttons with left and right triggers underneath.

Feel like pausing your game and watching television? The Wii U allows your gameplay to continue on the controller while another watches television. Nintendo showed the audience a family playing a Mario game on the Wii U when a family member switched to a baseball game on television. The game transferred to the Wii U controller's screen, and the other family member continued playing with no problems.

On top of Wii U specific functions, Nintendo stresses that the Wii U will not be used as a portable gaming device to compete with Sony's latest announcement Vita and Nintendo's own 3DS.

Nintendo continued to display titles available on the Wii U as it makes the move into high-definition gaming. Large third-party titles such as Darksiders 2, Assassin's Creed, Batman: Arkham City, and all of the EA Sports franchises may be available when the console launches between April 1 and December 31, 2012.

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