Nintendo at E3 2011: Wii U is Revealed

After serenading the audience with an orchestra to celebrate 25 years of Zelda and showing us what there is to come on 3DS this year, Nintendo showed us what we have all been waiting for.

Not the ‘Wii 2’ or ‘Project Cafe’ or ‘Stream’ or ‘Feel’. ‘Wii U’ is it’s name ‘a system we will enjoy together, tailor made for you.’

Very similar to some of the concept images we have seen before, the new Wii U controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. It’s rechargeable and includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Reggie Fils-Aime introduced the concept, with a montage of footage that shows the switch from HD TV screen to handheld. A range of gameplay and different ways of interacting are demonstrated; you can draw on the touch screen and your images shows on the TV, use motion control and play together on the touch screen. Someone wants to watch TV while you are playing? Wirelessly stream the game to the controller screen and carry on from where you got to in your hands.

With what looks similar to AR you can be looking through the screen to the TV. Put it on the floor and see your golf ball on the tee in Wii Sports golf. Attach it to a zapper to use as your aim screen and flick shuriken stars from the controller to the tv screen. All the current Wii peripherals are compatible with Wii U and you can connect up to 4 Wii remotes and the new touch screen controller to play together. Share photos from screen to TV and browse the web, using the controller screen to see a zoomed in view of the full page content on your TV.

Also shown was some amazing looking HD Zelda concept footage where your inventory is on the touch screen controller. Further HD footage included an impressive clip of a bird flying about though the trees, and New Super Mario Bros Mii was also shown, where your Mii plays alongside Mario in a new multi player side scrolling platformer.

The third party support for Wii U is very impressive. ‘Developers from around the world see the vast promise of the new console’ and we were shown numerous clips from game developers telling us how impressed they are with the possibilities. Following these talking heads was further game footage of games we thought were only coming to Xbox360 and PS3; including Darksiders 2, Batman Arkham City, Dirt, an Aliens FPS, Ninja Gaiden 3, Ghost Recon with online multi player and Tekken. ‘A whole new world of gameplay’ is coming.

The president of EA also made a brief appearance, talking about ‘Deeper online capability’. We were treated to Footage of Battlefield 3 and FIFA too.

With Nintendo due to reveal the full online capabilities of Wii U in the next few days, keep it Nintendo Scene to find out more.

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