New Wii U Console Introduces Tablet Controller, HD Video

New Wii U Console Introduces Tablet Controller, HD Video

Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller.

Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we
expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard
four-button layout to the right.

One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees up the television for other uses (and potentially prevents divorce -Ed). This range on this feature will be limited--Nintendo exec's have said that it won't allow gamers to play across a home.



Nintendo demo'd several titles in which players with the new controller were assigned certain tasks or roles, while other
gamers with standard Wiimotes handled other activities or were tasked with hunting down the player that was 'it.' To make a rough analogy: If the game in question had been Pac-Man, the players with the standard Wiimotes all played from the Ghost's point of view. In contrast, the player with the Wii U controller played from the POV of the gamer controlling Pac-Man, and was therefore able to track the movement of each of the other players.

Nintendo's refusal to reveal any of the new system's hardware specifications may be an attempt to avoid the Osborne Effect. Alternately, the company may be dodging the sort of criticism it received in the wake of the Wii's announcement, when certain pundits predicted the Wii's weak hardware specs would lead to further erosion of the company's market share.  

Regardless, Nintendo's controller-centric presentation is proof of what the game industry titan believes is most important
and newsworthy. At this point, we only know that the system is scheduled to launch in 2012. It will be fully compatible with all Wii titles, which implies that it may be based on modern, high-performance variations of the Wii's Broadway/Hollywood CPU/GPU.

Early reports from E3 have been quite positive--controller screens appear to be of good quality and aren't so heavy as to
cause fatigue in prolonged gaming sessions. The console's one potential Achilles heel may be its battery life. The Wiimote's battery life is generally pegged at 25-30 hours depending on the type of battery used and the presence/absence of a nunchuck. Current tablet battery life varies widely, but nothing even comes close to the Wiimote's typical lifespan. We suspect the Wii U's charge will depend on whether or not the 6.2" display is actually in use.

Even with that wrinkle, we're excited about what the Wii U offers. It took Microsoft and Sony four years to develop their own movement-based technologies in the wake of the Wii's popularity. Nintendo's new technology takes gaming in a new direction for a second time, and does so in a way that's unique when compared to what MS and Sony currently offer.
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I smell some modifications for these new controllers that they are going to be put out. Just look at all the neat ways people have found/made to utilize wiimotes and kinect.

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Bah.. Now to sell my Wii before gamestop lowers its trade value to 20$ like they do every time a new console is announced.. Then place a pre order even though I don't really want this -_-

Damn you Nintendo for tapping into my inner child!

Also anyone know if there's anywhere that you can pre order from? Amazon doesn't have it up yet and the only site I saw that has some sort of recognition for pre orders is www.preorder-wiiu.com.. but even there you still can't pre order.

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Here from the other topic :) lol

"NO! just NO!. :). The controller is way to big as a controller... This is like a downgrade in controller from the normal wii one."

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"Inspector, I have a hard time thinking that the new Wii U tablet controller will come standard with the Wii U. It will probably enhance the gaming experience, but maybe it just wont be obligatory to have. They did mention that the current Wii controllers are compatible though, but I think when you get the chance to try out, you wont want to use anything else"

-Optimus

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"I actually look forward to buying Nintendo's second generation Wii. I own all current consoles, though I spend most of my free hours with my PS3. All in all , we, the gamers are the ones "Wii-nning" with all those choices in games and new eye candy that being showed at E3, Cant wait for Battlefield 3"

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Good tablet controller for wii u

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I love the console but I am not a big fan of the controller.

Still, can't wait to see how Nintendo's attempt to regain the hardcore audience goes.

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it's a good idea i guess you could use it for stats in games like bf3 or ghost recon pretty cool how you could catch the ball. but i agree with Taylor time will tell on this one.

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To be completely honest I am more excited at the prospect of increased visuals, memory, etc.  More importantly that looks like the new Zelda game.  If they release a limited edition Zelda WiiU they will have caught me hook, line, and sinker.  I'm such a sucker for Zelda.

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I love this controller pad idea, but I'm wondering, how are they going to snap it into guitars, guns, and sports equipment like the old ones do? Or are they just going to keep using the old ones for that?

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This is awesome, I wonder what kind of homebrew or modifications will be available for the Wii U and the new unique controller like there were available for the original Wii.

The pricing on the new controller is important though, I think if it's more than about $150, then buyers would opt out of the novelty controller since old controllers are still compatible and spend that money on something like a tablet, that can do things similar to the Wii U controller and much, much more

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