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

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mad825:
Oh, how original!

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

Right on the nose.

If you will excuse me i have a handgun and one bullet to hand to a friend that said Nintendo would not make an as of itself and quoting ' Nintendo will do right this year; if they don't i will plant a bullet in my foot".

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

Oh come on, it's going to be WiiUs.

suitepee7:

fer-:

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

i'm hoping, forever. it adds bulk to the controller, which they don't need. plus it's only decent uses would be in the organisation of the inventory, maybe navigating menus. if touchscreens try to muscle in on the actual gameplay, i do not see it merging well at all...

exactly! get rid of all that annoying junk on the big screen related to meta game activities and move it all to the smaller, closer, touch screen in your hands

Ahem.

Please bring you attention to this screen.

Jabberwock King:
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?

*facepalm*

I am stunned at how many people lack even the most basic logical abilities. WiiU is not a peripheral, it is a new console. The Wii has neither the processing power, nor the wireless hardware to do what they showed. Its not that hard to figure out people.

AHAAHAHA I BLASTED OUT WITH LAUGHTER .... WiiU. GESUNDHEIT HAHAHAH!

for those that don't know ... it's what you say when someone sneezes , but this is in a different context

therandombear:
Nintendo win the E3 for me, Microsoft was kinect and halo, Sony was better then Microsoft with the Vita, but Nintedo just won it for me tbh.

Luigis Mansion 2, Super Smash bro on 3DS and Wii u, Tekken 3D on 3DS, assassins creed, darksiders 2, ghost recon, Super Mario 3D, 3D mario kart and more zelda <3

Agreed. If they announced Pikmin 3 I would've had a nerdgasm.

I went into it preparing to be disappointed, then they announced the name to confirm my suspicion, but then they showed the gameplay...

Wow.

Please Nintendo, I abandoned you years ago, don't make me come back!

Whilst I'll admit that the console does looks impressive, the announcement of new HD graphics just makes me think 'Welcome to 2007'

Marudas:
From a specs standpoint...meh. I can't outright say that i think the "you can use it as a TV!" is stupid- In my family, we always had at least 2 or 3 TV's in our house, and one of them was usually dedicated to game consoles. And that was a while ago, from my perspective, having multiple TV's is a slight more common nowadays (at least, the tuners that let you watch your programs on different TVs in the same house lead me to come to that conclusion.) So from my perspective, this functionality is kinda lame.

It doesn't make much sense from an American perspective, but the screen switch functionality is more likely meant to appeal to Japanese families and lower income households where having the space or disposable income for multiple TVs is a significant luxury.

walrusaurus:

Jabberwock King:
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?

*facepalm*

I am stunned at how many people lack even the most basic logical abilities. WiiU is not a peripheral, it is a new console. The Wii has neither the processing power, nor the wireless hardware to do what they showed. Its not that hard to figure out people.

I got a straight answer to that question after seeing someone post a picture of the actual tower further into the thread, thank you very much. I came to my original conclusion after seeing the thing as being compatible with other Wii products. Anyway, I retract my earlier observation about Nintendo covering themselves from a console counter-attack, it is going to get crushed by leaps and bounds!

I actually thought it was quite good. The main reason is that way back when the wii was first announced they just showed the actual console, no games and no details, and that is better than showing all features, the launch titles and SMASH BROS but with no console

I have no problem with the name and as weird as the new controller looks(and as unimpressive as the new console itself looks), I still liked it. I would have preferred more solid release dates or a price, but all in all I'm pleased with the Nintendo conference.

RatRace123:
As much as I love Nintendo, no one's gonna call them creative with names.

Well, depends on who you compare them to really. If you compare Nintendo's consola name to Sony's console names they are much more creative.

One would think that after all this time that Nintendo would at least be able to come up with a better name.

Now, onto the actual controller: I will admit that being able to still play a game while someone else watches something (or even play another console) is certainly an impressive and useful thing, although how useful this actual is all depends on whether or not there will be good games, after all the feature only really holds appeal if the games coming out warrent still being played while others do something.

The motion control and touchpad stuff on this though looks somewhat cumbersome. Perhaps its just me, but for some reason this is giving me Wii flashbacks where the stuff at E3 looked fine but the actual implementation wasn't once it was shipped out. Using it for baseball looks odd, and frankly it seems like a step down from the Wii Mote in those regards, because at least you could both pitch and swing with that; I have a hard time seeing how swinging would work on that controller. Attaching it to the zapper seems interesting and asuming it doesn't affect the weight too much it could be useful, but like the switching ability this all really depends on the games coming out. And Link's inventory thing: could work, but I hope that using it for inventory isn't the only thing this controller can do, although knowing Nintendo the interesting things this controller can do will be done for 1st party titles while 3rd parties will probably just use the bare bones use of it (if the use it at all)

The other features this certainly rings "Apple" in terms of what Nintendo may be using this as to counter against. It almost makes me wonder if Nintendo wishes to simply leave behind Microsoft and Sony to themselves and to simply go against Apple, because this along with their corporate image of the past few years certainly suggests that.

Although, one irrifuitable problem with this thing is price, since while I didn't stick around to see the price, I'd imagine that this will perhaps be one of the most expensive consoles around, not because of the console tech but because of the controller's tech. Having to buy 3 other controllers (assuming its a one controller per console thing) sounds incredibly expensive. Assuming these controllers are between 200-300 dollars each, thats at least another 600-900 for a possible 400-500 payment on the console and controller. This is probably going to be at least a thousand dollar investment or more, and thats not including games and possible replacement of controllers. Since when did Nintendo become the new Sony? Actually scrtch that, the high price is probably in fact another sign that Nintendo wishes to challenge Apple.

Cool. I always wanted a console with a name that sounds like a siren.

Truth be told, I'm not hating on Nintendo's new system. I actually like it. I'm not sold to it yet because we haven't seen any first party games for that thing yet. Ony third party games that we already have and will receive on PS3 and 360. I was surprised when I saw that, but how will they work on the Wii? Maybe I missed something when they were talking about it.

It's looking good to me. The only thing I have left to question is how the controller actually feels in your hands when playing such games they teased like Assassin's Creed or Batman: Arkham City.

It looks like someone put two controllers and an iPhone into a blender.

...I made that sound too awesome.

But seriously, how the crap am I meant to concentrate with "6.2-inch touch screen, dual analog circle pads, motion controls, speakers, a microphone, a gyroscope and an inward facing camera"? I mean, a fucking gyroscope?

As long as it's backwards compatible, sounds fine with me. My questions is, does it upscale Wii games at all? That would be pretty badass.

It looked neat. But I am going to say I was not impressed, YAY SUPER RESTRICTED HANDHELD! I think it's silly. I also think that the PS Vita is going to do close to the same thing... and I think that developers may love it but they are going to be unable to do what they were showing.

So far I am actually a bit unimpressed just because we've seen almost all of this already five years ago... the controller looks neat but puts me off cause it's going to be REALLY EXPENSIVE!!!!

Part of this sounds like a really handy idea. I would like a controller with a screen on it that lets me play a game while I watch TV, or while someone else watches TV. Can I have that for Xbox with the ability to play games that don't involve the use of a touch screen or motion? ...please?

Time until unveiling of Sony Playstation U or Microsoft XBox U: T-minus...

And yeah, don't say Sony and Microsoft have "too much sense" not to do it, fanboys, not after Kinekt and Move.

I think I'm going to judge and jump to conclusions before seeing more information about it.

Correct me if I'm misinformed.....But didn't the DreamCast do that 15 years ago?

So, is the core the same? Still same graphics, software, and all? I thought that Nintendo might be putting out something a tad more powerful. You know, some people love the Wii and that's chill. But I could never get a great amount of entertainment watching a bobble-head that was supposed to be me whacking a glitchy tennis ball over a net. All well, it's whatevs. Enjoy it all you Nintendo junkies! :D

Selvec:
Ahem.

Please bring you attention to this screen.

This. We have now been crying out 'weeooo' for the past hour.

OT- It's an interesting system, glad to see the HD and the idea of continuing to play while someone else uses the tv. I'm waiting to hear about price and to test out a few games on it. I have good hopes that devs will make this system rock.

First: Horrible name, would have preferred Wii2 or Super Wii or anything thing other then WiiU.

Second: How the hell much will that controller thing cost on its own? because I could see it selling for over $120 USD at launch which means the WiiU will probably $499.

Third: HOLY SHIT what was the Zelda clip they showed? stylistically it looked nothing like what we've seen from Skyward Sword so is this a yet announced Zelda game or another Spaceworld 2000 situation?

Forth: I better be able to transfer my Vcon games over to it.

Fifth: Yes I'm going it get it, I'm just not happy about it.

Wolf Devastator:

Please Nintendo, I abandoned you years ago, don't make me come back!

OT: Guess I'll wait and see. It really could be awesome. I don't know if the Grannys who play the Wii right now would enjoy eye strain while playing with that controller, but hey, just have to wait.

Selvec:
Ahem.

Please bring you attention to this screen.

YES. THIS. OH GOD YES. I WAS THINKING THE EXACT SAME THING.

So Nintendo is trying to combine the DS with a normal console?

I think the biggest question is how much will the individual controllers cost? For a system that you'll want 4 controllers, I would hope its not too ridiculously priced.

Also, is the back flat or is it more controller-shaped and comfy? It really doesn't look too comfortable considering the size.

And a touch screen? Really? I don't think games would be improved any by having a second screen to look at. I suppose moving from motion control to controller touch screen is a step in the less-useless direction for Nintendo, but still very gimmicky.

I really don't think standard controllers are a problem the video game industry needs to fix, as much as Nintendo tries.

Well, at least we know Nintendo has a limit on making casual gamer pandering consoles: the pronouns. I expect the successor to be either Wii U Mii, Wii U Hii Shii, Wii U U(plural) or Wii U They(I can't hink of anything for the last one).
I'm trying to be excited for this, but it's just so underwhelming. I was hoping Nintendo would be bold, and give us something fresh, instead we get what essentially boils down to a what the Wii should've been.
I think my problem was best summarised when Reggie talked about the DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U, and asked us to say what they showed us. They show me that Nintendo is far away from stopping this phase, if at all.

was there even a point to the 3ds?

Um...okay. That's...certainly...something...um...what? Obviously I have no idea what they are planning with this, but I don't think it's going to work out for them.

Also, is this a new console, or an expansion to the Wii?

Yeah, because I'm lazy, for me anyway, this will just be called the Wuu. Like my sarcastic response after seeing this.

FUCK. I was hoping for a real console, like a gamecube 2.

I actually really like the direction they seem to be going with this, or at least the direction Nintendo wants people to think their going with the Wii-U (wtf name is that, should have called it the WiiWii so i could make french jokes).

They seem to be trying to reach out to the hardcore audience and third-party developers while keeping their'everyone can play' image, pleasing casual and hardcore people will be hard but its ages away from release so we'll see how things develope.

Bringing the EA CEO out must have had EA's public relations team cackaling at the deliciousness of having someone in charge who can address a gameing audience (imagine if they brought Kottic out). And for Nintendo it really pushes the 3rd party idea, plus theyll still have the best 1st party games in the industry. Arkham city, Assassins Creed and Ninja Gaiden 3 seems like a powerhouse lineup for 3rd party, even though the WiiWii will get them after 360/PS3, it still shows that Nintendo are going to try and take on the big hitter titles.

Although im not convinced that Nintendo can pull off what they seem to be promising, i think its a great move in the right direction for the company, especially when you consider the bullshit Microsoft and Sony are getting into with their system add-on gimmicks.

(Anyone else think that the head of Nintendo-America looked like a dark-skinned Marshal from 'How I met your mother'? also the reaction of the guy in the promo for the controller screen webcam chat - "CYCLING SOUNDS AWESOME!!!")

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