5 things you need to know about the Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U will be arriving in stores just before Christmas with what should hopefully be an assortment of great launch titles. Nintendo’s most ambitious console yet boasts plenty of exciting new features and innovations such as TV-to-controller game streaming, and “asymmetric multiplayer”. As we discover more about the Wii U, here are five more things worth knowing about the new console.
In the coming months Nintendo will be revealing lots more about the Nintendo Wii U and launch games we can expect to be playing later this year. Till then, here’s a handful of tidbits worth knowing about it the Wii U.
It will support two Wii U GamePad controllers When the Wii U was first unveiled it was believed that Nintendo’s new console would support just the one GamePad tablet controller. Thankfully Nintendo confirmed last week that it will support at least two gamePad controllers for more multiplayer opportunities.
Support for full HD As promised by Nintendo last year, the Nintendo Wii U will support video output for full HD video (1080p), meaning that games should look as eye-watering as many PS3 and Xbox 360 games currently do. The Wii U will also support video on-demand services such as Netflix and YouTube – so you’ll be able to watch high definition movie clips as well.
Play your old Wii games The Wii U is backwards compatible, letting you play your old Wii games on Wii U. The Wii U also supports existing Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board. You’ll need the latter to play Wii U Fit – the new exercise game announced by Nintendo at E3 2012.
Smart TV-style apps If you wish to catch a movie on the Wii U, you’ll be able to do just that. The Wii U will support services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video to name a few. Nintendo has yet to reveal its full hand here, but we’re hoping for even more services. It’s how users enjoy such content on the Wii U, that will make it unique, Nintendo said at E3 2012.
You won’t need the TV to play Only at first, anyway. The Wii U’s tablet-like GamePad lets you stream the action from a television, onto the GamePad itself. So if someone wants to watch a programme on the TV, they can do so, while you resume the action on the GamePad. Nintendo has yet to announce a release date for the Wii U, but in the meantime we’ll be bringing you lots more news about the console as we get it.
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