No price reveal at E3 for Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U will use a tablet-style controller to play games. This we know but new information suggests the same tablet may come running the Android operating system out of the box. Put the two together and you’ve got an Android tablet with full gaming controls. What’s more, if you’re hoping for a price you may need to wait a little longer. Join us as we check out the latest Nintendo Wii U news.
Such a move would not be too out of bounds for a company such as Nintendo, although any inclusion of Android is likely to result in a customised version of the interface, as opposed to a straight port.
As we’ve seen on the Nintendo Wii, and most recently the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo is taking more and more to apps that provide extra functionality. Nintendo only this week added the ability to store apps, games and files in folders on the Nintendo 3DS. On the Nintendo Wii U Nintendo will be looking to take organisation of content that extra step up.
An Android presence could also see compatibility with Google app store Google Play, the ability to download apps from the store to the Wii U tablet. Maybe games, too. It would dilute the Nintendo presence, but it would also offer another route into the smartphone and tablet gaming market and casual gaming audience Nintendo craves. However, it we have to mark this one down as rumour.
Meanwhile Nintendo has confirmed that pricing for its Wii U console will not be revealed at E3 2012. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today confirmed that the final build of the console and details of the launch games will be revealed, but not its cost.
“Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3,” he said said.
Nintendo has previously revealed that the Wii U will be in shops in time for Christmas. So pricing will be especially important. It was previously reported that the Wii U may have to cost £150 just to be within a chance of being profitable. Until Nintendo confirms anything, any guesses?