Nintendo Unveils the Wii U
After months of speculation, Nintendo has finally revealed the successor to their very successful Wii console at this year’s E3 conference. Codenamed “Project Café” while in development, the next-generation home entertainment console is Wii U and it features a very interesting controller.
The new console gives you the ability to switch from the console to the new touchpad controller (taking advantage of the 6.2 inch screen as an additional view) as well as the ability to convert back to the current Wiimote and Balance Board to play. This is because the Wii U is 100% backward compatible with the Wii. In fact, some games can take advantage of both controllers, creating endless gameplay possibilities
The Wii U is the first Nintendo device to support HD graphics, which will all be generated on the Wii U console and can be transmitted to the remote itself, giving addition game views. You’ll also have the ability to browse the web, share photos, and play a game with either both screens or just one.
What’s great about the ability to transmit games from the Wii console to the remote, is that, say if you’re playing a game and a buddy or a relative wants to watch something on TV–well, just transmit your game into the remote and you can continue playing your game!
Nintendo is also collaborating with AMD to develop a graphics chip for the Wii U, which will be an proprietary version of the R700 architecture. The CPU will come from IBM (TechnoBuffalo).
This all means that it will essentially be more powerful than both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Theoretically, the console will be able to support stereoscopic 3D but not much is known whether or not Nintendo wants to employ this.
The only information about availability is that it will be released at some point in 2012. No price has been announced yet either.
The goal of innovation is to serve every player,” Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata said, “then through each brings to video games an individual appetite, a personal passion and a distinct gaming history.