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Jun072011

Nintendo Announces Wii U

Alright, E3 is in full swing and Nintendo has announced a new piece of hardware. It is called the Wii U. Basically it is a controller that hooks up to your Wii. It will have a 6.5 inch touch screen, and you will be able to use the touch screen to interact with a game on your television screen. This new controller will be hooked up to the internet and you will be able to send videos and pictures from the controller to your Wii. There is no release date, or price as of yet. Nintendo is basically showing off a prototype. It looks really cool, and it will be neat to see how it works. 

Reader Comments (5)

This device actually looks a lot more innovative that I thought Nintendo would be coming up. I was honestly expecting some lame new controller that doesn't add any real useful extra functionality.
To be able to play games on the controller is a pretty sweet option, especially if usefully implemented by the content creators. I'm hoping Nintendo comes out with a Killer Game that will show off its awesomeness, much like Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii.

The one thing I didn't notice is if publishers will need to utilize the Wii U or if all games will support the running on the controller functionality.

The other thing is I've mentioned on the Podcast how cell phones will someday make dedicated game devices obsolete. I wonder if this is a step in that direction, only from an unexpected source. Take for instance Sony's Vita. Why purchase a device for $250-300 that functions only as a portable gaming device when you can purchase a Wii U which allow "real" games on the big screen and a controller that double as a gaming device.

June 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterZealeus

Just to confirm for the massed (and myself), will it play Wii games?

June 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterZealeus

Yes it will play Wii games but there will be no upscaling of the games.

June 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterCharlie

I saw that news today about the lack of physical media playback. Though I'm all about the digital content, that still makes me sad.

June 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterZealeus

In light of Steam now offering Free to Play games via their PC-store service, it's interesting to see Nintendo deciding to go the opposite route. Perhaps Nintendo doesn't see as much money in that system.

June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterZealeus

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