E3 2012: Top 5 reasons the Nintendo Wii U will be great!
On June 5th 2012 Nintendo will tell all about its Wii U console. We’ve only seen a glimpse of what the new console will offer, but already the Wii U, with its tablet-style controller is being written-off by those let down by its predecessor the Wii. But with promises that Nintendo has learnt its lesson, the Wii U will be very different. Good, different. Here are five reasons to look forward to Nintendo’s new console.
More ‘core’ games
The Nintendo Wii’s biggest problem was its lack of third party games. Sure, it has the likes of Super Mario Galaxy, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but what about the killer third party games?
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently admitted it’s a problem the Wii suffered, promising more ‘core’ games for the Wii U.
“Regrettably, what we prioritised in order to reach out to the new audience was a bit too far from what we prioritised for those who play games as their hobby,” Iwata said. The result will be a strategy similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS, with more core games available. And that can only be good news for all.
Nintendo will once again push the boat out on technical innovation. Its tablet style controller will use motion sensors to detect players movement, use augmented reality and come loaded with NFC capability. A recently leaked trailer revealed that players will be able to use NFC-tagged toys to transport them in-game by placing them on the tablet’s screen.
Nintendo has yet to make an official comment, but it’s the sort of thinking that proves Nintendo will be doing than anyone else to do something different. The tablet controller will also let players stream the TV action on screen for portable gaming action. This combined with the promise of more ‘core’ games could change the way we play our favourite games.
There have been murmurs and reports that the Wii U will only be as powerful as the PS3 and Xbox 360, however it’s what Nintendo does with the console’s graphical capabilities that will help determine how much it deserves to be called a next-gen console. Last year’s first Wii U reveal left a good impression of its graphical capabilities, with high definition games promised. You only need to see Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda tech demos to know Nintendo means business.
Nintendo embraces the digital revolution
With the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo is embracing the digital revolution in a way the Nintendo Wii never quite did. More games downloads (not just of old titles) and a service on par with Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live have been promised. Nintendo will also make room for entertainment apps, letting users watch multimedia such as films and TV shows. No longer will a Nintendo console be just a games machine, but an entertainment device to go toe-to-toe with the competition.
Despite all the concerns, the company remains capable of producing some of the finest moments in gaming history. Nintendo’s legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto is the Walt Disney of the gaming world, and with him still on board, we are guaranteed many more of those magical moments worth waiting for.