Nintendo today held their annual E3 press conference and shocked everyone with the expected announcement of their next home console. Nintendo’s approach is an interesting one, and they made it clear that their next system, known as Wii U, will deliver deeper gameplay experiences than anyone has ever experienced before; it will also have a much wider appeal towards all gamers. So what makes Wii U so special? What makes it different is the controller, which you probably know all about if you have been keeping up with the recent rumors and leaks behind Wii U, which was known by us as Project Cafe. The controller has a gyroscope, accelerometer, speaker, microphone, front facing camera for video calling, and, oh yeah, it also has a giant 6.2 inch touch screen in the middle of it. This touch screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Wii U will be capable of displaying games in glorious 1080p HD. The Wii U is also compatible with all existing Wii Remotes and Wii accessories.
So what can this controller do? When you can’t play your favorite Wii U games on your nice HDTV, you can always just play them on the controller. The Wii U was not designed to be a portable system so you can only play while around your house or from a short distance. This can totally take the TV out of the equation entirely. Another way to use it, is to use it with a game on the screen. One demo showing The Legend of Zelda gameplay in HD, which looks spectacular, will allow you to access your items directly on the touch screen, if you want, or you can easily take the image on screen, and within a couple seconds view the whole game on the controller instead. Another tech demo is like the Nintendo GameCube game, Pac-Man Vs., except with Mario characters. Four people use Wii Remotes play as Toads to run around a map trying to chase Mario and catch him, while another person playing as Mario, with the Wii U controller, has a map on their own independent game screen to see where the other players are and keep away from them. These are just some of the innovative things that Wii U is capable of. I never thought I’d hear of the day where a TV is not necessarily required to use a console. Another interesting thing is that no tech demo ever requires more than one Wii U controller. These controllers are probably very expensive and I’m sure Nintendo is only planning on most people having only one controller per household, which is definitely a good thing.
Not too many first party games were announced, with a new Super Smash Bros. being the only one confirmed. Third parties are definitely on board and excited to work on games for Wii U. Some of the third party games coming include: Batman: Arkham City, Dirt, Assassin’s Creed, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, and two Ninja Gaiden titles, one being Ninja Gaiden 3, and the other being an original Ninja Gaiden title for Wii U. Additionally the CEO of EA spoke out at the press conference and announced that EA is definitely supporting Wii U. It’s only the beginning, and already, Wii U has an exciting lineup of third party software. We will hear more about Wii U in the months to come as we look forward to its 2012 release.