Nintendo Wii U launched at E3 2011, full details revealed
As we revealed yesterday, Nintendo has officially launched its next-generation gaming console at E3 2011. Ditching the rumoured ‘Nintendo’ name in favour of ‘Wii U’, the latest gadget from Nintendo is like nothing we’ve seen before.
Sure, the Nintendo Wii U’s hardware looks set to impress, but the feature that steals the show is the new console’s controller, and as expected it features a touchscreen display. A big one!
If someone enters the room and watch the television, you can carry on your game regardless, enjoying gaming on the controller’s 6.2-inch screen. But don’t call it a portable console – Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insists the controller is not a console itself.
The controller will also be able to function as a mini-map. You could be playing a first-person shooter, or an RPG game and see enemy positions, or points of interest on the controller’s screen.
Along with the big screen, the controller features an accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble features, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. As buttons go, there are two analogue circle pads, a directional control pad, A/B/X/Y buttons and, L/R and ZL/ZR shoulder buttons.
The console itself, like the PS3 and Xbox 360, will deliver full high definition graphics, and it’ll also offer backwards Wii Remote and accessory compatibility and be able to play all Wii games.
What do you think of the Nintendo Wii U? Will you be upgrading from your Wii? Could it tempt you away from your PS3 or Xbox? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Watch the new Nintendo console in action at E3 this year (1.30)