So there we have it. Nintendo’s next venture. They’ve taken an interesting approach. They’ve not only created a new console, but they’ve also created an entirely new controller concept that actually enhances and supplement the entire gaming experience. And from what we can tell, it’s looking to have a lot of potential.
Basically, this new controller adds another screen and window into the gaming world as well as add whole new depths to gaming. This bad boy is a powerhouse! Along with the traditional button scheme, it has a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen. It also has a built-in accelerometer adn gyroscope, rumbl feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus. Nice.
This console supports up to four Wii Remotes, including all the essential Wii peripherals such as Nunchuck, Classic controller/Pro, and the Wii Balance Board. It plays 12cm proprietary high-desntiy optical discs, as well as the 12cm Wii optical discs (Nitendo is just fantastic about backwards compatibility). Although WiiU will come with an internal flash memory, it also supports SD memory cards and external hard disk drives for extra memory.
Of course, what would a new generation of consoles be without a visual upgrade? The WiiU supports video outputs at all resolutions up to 1080p. Audio output supports HDMI as well.
That’s a lot of features, and they all sound fantastic! The only real concern we had at this point was what this wonderful little machine was gonna cost us. We can see it being quite pricey. We hope Nintendo can keep the cost down. Keep your fingers crossed! The WiiU is scheduled for release in 2012.
You can check out a demonstration of the WiiU at Nintendo’s website: http://e3.nintendo.com/hw/#/video/HW_demo
You can also take a look at the WiiU software line-up (Darksiders 2, DIRT, Aliens Colonial Marines, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, Metro Last Light, Tekken, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge) http://e3.nintendo.com/hw/#/video/HW_sizzle
Here are the details of the WiiU in a nutshell:
- Size: 1.8″x6.8″x10.5″ with a 6.2″, 16:9 touch screen
- Traditional button controls including two analog pads, built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip and a stylus
- Up to four Wii Remote (or Plus) can be connected at once. Supports all new Wii controllers including the Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance Board
- A single self-loading media bay for 12cm proprietary high-density optical discs, as well as 12cm Wii optical discs
- Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI component, S-video and composite
- Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI
- The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.