Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nintendo shows off Wii U at E3

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) of 2011, Nintendo announced a brand new console, called the Wii U. This is the first major new home gaming console since 2006.

The most notable new thing in this new console is the presence of a hand-held, touchscreen, tablet-like controller for the console. Like the Wii-mote, this new controller goes with several different kinds of games and acts as several different types of things depending on the game you're playing.
Nintendo allowed hands-on sessions at the E3 and in a nutshell, the Internet thinks it was very good and extremely promising. Graphically, it is almost the same as the PS3 and the XBOX 360. The controller has a 6.2 inch touchscreen that does not support multi-touch, several traditional gaming buttons (a d-pad, two analogs, two triggers, two shoulder buttons, some small ones) and a front-facing camera.

The Wii U is pretty much a big DS, one of whose screens is your TV and the second one is in your hands. The controller is not actually a system by itself, and depends on the main console. The main console looks like a large, PS3-like white box that will sit near your TV. If you ask me, it doesn't look really good.

Games shown in a video montage at E3 included
  • Darksiders 2
  • "Tekken"
  • Lego City Stories
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Assassin's Creed
  • DiRT
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
The Wii U is set to release anytime between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. There's a long time to go and a lot of the above might change. But stay tuned for updates.

Boy Genius Report has a nice set of hands-on photos from E3 that you can check out and Gizmodo's got a nice FAQ about the new console over here.