Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Nintendo unveiled the successor to the Wii. The new Nintendo console will be named the Wii U The Wii U can output in 1080p, 1080i, 720p or 480p resolutions via HDMI, S-Video or composite video outputs and features internal flash storage, an sd slot and 4 USB inputs (think external hard drive) as options for added storage capacity.
One of the bigger talking points for the new console is the controller. The new controller sports a 6.2-inch touch screen that can be used in a variety of ways, from showing auxiliary game data (maps, inventory, etc) during gameplay to actually playing the full game on it. That’s right, you can actually be playing a game on your TV and then switch it over to the new controller and continue playing. The controller features a very standard array of buttons, including a d-pad, four face buttons, four shoulder triggers, a power button and a camera. It also sports a couple of analog sliders at the top of the controller rather than traditional sticks, one on each side. They also threw in a video camera at the top-middle of the controller, opening the door for video chatting and whatever else developers can dream up for it. You will be able to use all of the old Wii controllers and accessories, if you prefer. Original Wii games will all be compatible as well.
The console itself looks like a more rounded version of the current Wii. While the exact specs aren’t known at this point, judging by the tech demos the graphics that the machine pushes are at least on par with the Xbox 360 and PS3. So Nintendo is kind of taking a gamble again by not going above and beyond its competitors as far as graphics and hanging their coat on a wild never-seen-before input method – but at least they raised their own bar in the graphics department. Will this boost in visuals be enough to make people want to buy it, especially once the other next-gen consoles come out – most likely with even more amazing visuals? We’ll see…
What do you think? Does Nintendo have a formula for success in their new hardware? From what you’ve seen so far, will you go out and buy one?
Check the videos below for a look at some tech demos and game footage:
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