E3: Nintendo's New Console Is: The Wii U

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E3: Nintendo's New Console Is: The Wii U

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The Wii U is part tablet, and part gaming controller, and it's coming in 2012.

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage at E3 2011 to speak about the 3DS, but he closed by revealing the name of Nintendo's new console. If "Wii" was "We," Nintendo wanted to focus on everyone else: "You."

So the new console is now "Wii U." Gesundheit.

As rumored, the Wii U controller has a tablet-like screen, which can be used as a touchpad, or it can even stream games directly from the TV - so if your family wants to watch something else, you can let them have the boob tube and play it on your controller.

You can use it as a golf tee, or play board games on it - or put it on your Wii Zapper as a gunsight. The controller has a 6.2-inch touch screen, dual analog circle pads, motion controls, speakers, a microphone, a gyroscope and an inward facing camera. The controller isn't a standalone game system - it gets all its data wirelessly from the Wii U - although you will be able to play some games on it directly without a TV and use multiple controllers.

Good news: The Wii U is backwards compatible with all Wii games.

Better news: There are a slew of games - some even core - coming out for the new console at launch. More information on that here.

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Oh, how original!

seriously, this marketing campaign is get far more pretentious than Apple's and that's saying something.

It's like the DS only the top screen is your TV.

WiiU? I was hoping for so much more than the Wii U. What's after that one then? The WiiUii?

John Funk:
or put it on your Wii Zapper as a gunsight.

I'll admit, the way I'm picturing that in my mind is with the screen attached to the top of the wii zapper and acting as the screen in full, working with the sensor bar so when i turn left, my view moves to the left, etc. Used in that capacity, having the screen on top of my gun sounds pretty cool to me, but I doubt that's how it will actually work.

That and there's no good shooters ON the system to make it worthwhile.

Hmmm streaming the games straight to the controller? That's quite intriguing actually. Wow. I thought this was going to be a total bust but it's actually quite interesting.

That Zelda... My god... The inventory is in my hands... Amazing.

I'm quite intrigued by this. I liked what I saw and am hoping for more.

Also, Super Smash Bros. 4 on 3DS and WiiU? Yes Please.

Let the "WiiU" jokes begin. :p

man nintendo is just trying to piss me off with console names lately. Although it beats the wii stream. Phew no pee jokes.... yet.

Ok, I may be being stupid, but is the Wii U just the controller or are they releasing new Wii hardware along with it as that what things seem to be suggesting, but they've only mentioned the controller.

Why has Nintendo become so fond of baby babble when naming their consoles?

They have comperable graphics to current gen games, no doubt. Maybe even slightly better. But once Sony and Microsoft roll out their new consoles 20whenever, they will eclipse the WiiU, and it will sadly become another saddle for gimmics and movie tie ins.

Perhaps I'm being too hard. But its just a wii, with new graphics and an Ipad to play with.Its like Nintendo really isn't trying anymore, if their naming convention is to be an example.

Finish this sentence. "An Ambulance goes..."

I still like the name WiiU better than Vita.

Plinglebob:
Ok, I may be being stupid, but is the Wii U just the controller or are they releasing new Wii hardware along with it as that what things seem to be suggesting, but they've only mentioned the controller.

I was thinking the same thing. Kinda confused because I missed the coverage. I might as well check it out on Youtube now.

TheEverix:

John Funk:
or put it on your Wii Zapper as a gunsight.

I'll admit, the way I'm picturing that in my mind is with the screen attached to the top of the wii zapper and acting as the screen in full, working with the sensor bar so when i turn left, my view moves to the left, etc. Used in that capacity, having the screen on top of my gun sounds pretty cool to me, but I doubt that's how it will actually work.

That and there's no good shooters ON the system to make it worthwhile.

Could bring back one of my favorite arcade shooters of all time. Silent Scope, I believe it was called, where you played a sniper. To take an example from one of the early stages, the TV would be your rooftop vantage, where you could see several other buildings and street level while the screen would represent the zoomed-in tunnel vision of your scope. That's they type of shooter I think would work best, at least.

I don't know about the rest of you but I like my controllers to be well... controlers.

The xbox and PS3 pads are comfortable to hold, even for extended amount of times. But honestly that looks uncomfortable.

So instead of coming out with an actual "new console" they come out with what is more appropriately described as a peripheral meant to compete with Microsoft and Sony's system upgrades. It makes a lot more sense than what I was thinking would happen. Nintendo gets to release new hardware without exposing themselves to being severely outclassed by their rivals next console. It's good to know that I don't have get this thing to play Skyward Sword, as I would have skipped out on it otherwise. Guess I'll have to wait a little longer for the death of Nintendo by their own incompetence, oh well.

Edit: Wait, I know that this new controller has HD graphics, but does this mean that the Wii itself still puts shitty graphics on my TV?
Update: OK, I got an answer to that question, so there is no need for any more clarification.

Wow, just wow. . . .So the future of gaming is a jacked over iPad eh? Well at least you made a big pile of money with the Wii. Looks like it's time to piss it all away when this abomination fails in so many epic ways.

Well I'm disappointed, I wonder what are the specs.

What shred of hope I had left for this console not being an unholy amalgamation of everything I have grown to hate about the Nintendo brand is now gone. Like the Wii I will not buy this....ever, I don't care what game comes out for it.

My god Nintendo, wtf happened to you? Just make a normal freaking console for once.

WiiU kindly... find a less dorky name for your product Nintendo?

Selvec:
Finish this sentence. "An Ambulance goes..."

My thoughts exactly. The system itself (And game line-up) looks spiffy, but I really hope they change the name. The Wii may have sounded silly, but WiiU is just awkward to say.

TotalHobNob:
Let the "WiiU" jokes begin. :p

Call the Waaah-mbulance. WII U WII U WII U WII U

Radoh:
WiiU? I was hoping for so much more than the Wii U. What's after that one then? The WiiUii?

Give them a few generations and they will have you sounding like an ambulance when you talk about their console.

I honestly like this idea though. A console that lets me keep playing when I leave the room, sure, why not?

Selvec:
Finish this sentence. "An Ambulance goes..."

Seems like I was ninja'd...

So when are they actually announcing the console to go with the controller?

The name is stupid, but I'll be damned if some of the stuff they were showing off wasn't damned impressive.

Yopaz:

Selvec:
Finish this sentence. "An Ambulance goes..."

Seems like I was ninja'd...

As were I. Yes Wii were. But mostly U.

I was certainly impressed by its showing at the show. Batman: Arkham City? Darksiders II? Metro: Last Light? Aliens: Colonial Marines? Ninja Gaiden III? Potentially Battlefield 3? Impressive lineup for any console. What makes it even more amazing is that this is a Nintendo console we are talking about here. The Wii had very little support from 3rd party, but this one seems to be getting all kinds of support, even from those who make violent M-rated titles, a first for Nintendo. Of course, the name is still stupid, but I think nobody was surprised by that... :)

EDIT: Also, the tech is pretty impressive too. I will be able to play my games on the console while my sister watches Netflix on the Roku? Yes please.

Wow, Nintendo has a way of making the most uninteresting consoles lately. First the 3DS and now this.

How are you supposed to hold that controller comfortably anyway...?

lol so many dirty jokes from that name

Well, it certainly looks original... But I feel kinda underwhelmed from that press conference. Not enough details revealed for the console yet to make a decisive conclusion yet I think.

One thing I can say though: Wii is still a crap name and Wii U is no better. Oh wells...

I'm not fully impress with it. Sure it handy when someone else want to watch the tv but I hardly have that type of problem. However with proper hardcore games like Assassin Creed and Batman Arkham City would won me over but I can guess it going to be expensive if I were to buy it.

errr, sounds kinda, crappy. i'll hand it to them, the ability to stream games straight to the console is pretty cool, but to me that is completely useless. living with my girlfriend, and we have 2 tv's, so if she wants to watch tv, i just move the console.

in terms of actual console though, nothing major to get excited about, a controller that bit would piss me off...

I am looking forward to it, making the top screen of a DS your HD tv...and having controller have its down touch screen is just awesome and totally fits with their DS paradigm

wonder how long until sony and m$ take to get touch screens on their controllers

very very cool

dragongit:
... But its just a wii, with new graphics and an Ipad to play with.Its like Nintendo really isn't trying anymore...

When has Nintendo tried hard?

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