In a move that is a direct counter to its video game rivals, Microsoft‘s X-Box, Sony’s Playstation and even multifunctional devices like Apple’s iPad, Nintendo introduced a new version of its popular Wii system.
Available in 2012, the Wii U, a 6.2 inch touch-screen tablet like device includes all of the functions of the Wii controller, which includes that cool ability to control play through motion. The Wii U also includes a camera, microphone, speakers and the ability to display high-definition graphics that the current Wii system cannot display. The device can also mirror gameplay seen on the big screen as well as act like a second screen, the same way tablet apps from providers like Direct TV provide additional information when they watch a video program.
Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo said “the experience will be deeper and wider and that games will ne seen in a different way”. Also stated was that the Wii U will be compatible with already existing Wii accessories. Pricing details, however, were not discussed. In demonstrations, gameplay was seen from different perspectives on the device, or switched from device to tv with only the brush of a hand. Also shown were examples of how the Wii U could be used as a shield, stopping arrows launched from a ship or playing golf by placing the Wii U on the floor and using a second Wii controller(the current one out now) as a golf club and hitting a virtual ball from the Wii U screen, and it showing up on the tv screen. The Wii U can also be used as a video chat device.
HHD will bring you more information, such a release date and pricing as it becomes available. Looks like this former gamer may have to dust of the old gloves in 2012 because the gaming scene is about to get very hot indeed.