Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nintendo's Big Announcement

And the race begins for the next generation console wars. Nintendo unveiled their new console, the Wii U, earlier this week at E3. Surprisingly, this console was not focused around motion control, but a combination of motion control and a game pad. The console is suppose to be more powerful then both the Xbox 360 and the PS3. But that is not all, the console will also offer the ability to have expandable memory through an external hard drive. In addition, this console supports up to 1080p HD output. 

No price point has been set for the console, nor is there been an exact release date set. All Nintendo has said is that they are aiming for 2012. The console is sporting a new controller. This controller has two analog sticks, a D-pad, and four buttons. It also has left bumper and right bumper buttons, as well as speakers, a 6.2" display, a camera, a microphone, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, and last but not least, a stylus. 
This new controller allows for the Wii U to stream what is on screen to the controller itself. Here is a video that gives a demonstration of how this will work. More after the video:

As you can see, there will be plenty of uses for the new controller.
Another thing to note about the Wii U is the fact that it will be backwards compatible with old Wii games, however there will not be any scaling up of those games to enhance the look or feel of them. 

I for one am hoping there will be a promotional program where I can trade my Wii in for a Wii U. I won't have to buy new controllers, since the Wii Remotes will work, and I won't have to sell my old games.


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