News – Wii U revealed

June 7, 2011 by  
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As expected, Nintendo revealed Project Cafe at E3. The real name of the new console is Wii U and its target audience is both the mass market and the hardcore gamer.

Wii U boasts a controller with a 6.2-inch touch compatible screen. Games can be played either on the screen, or on a TV. Whilst the controller doesn’t possess a HD screen, when playing on an HD TV, however, HD visuals (up to 1080p) are supported. Much like the Dreamcast’s VMU, the controller can also be used for additional data: acting as an inventory, for example.

The controller also features traditional buttons. There’s face buttons, two analogue sticks and two shoulder buttons and, unsurprisingly, it also features gyroscopic sensors and an accelerometer, both for motion sensing.

As for the all important games. There’s plenty that should go some way in assisting Nintendo in winning back avid gamers. Super Smash. Bros, Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City, Metro: Last Light, Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge, Tekken, Assassin’s Creed, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online and DiRT have all been confirmed. Also in development is the newly announced Lego City Stories, an open world game developed by Travellers Tales.

There’s no word on exactly how powerful this new console is, but an impressive tech demo of a bird flying over cherry blossoms and a lake certainly seems to suggest that it could be the most powerful console yet. Whatever the case, It’s likely that Wii U is at least comparable in power to its rival consoles.

Below is a list of specs from Nintendo themselves, although, like I said above, nothing in regard to visuals has been confirmed.

Launches: 2012

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.

New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button
controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional
barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the
video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home
button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a
built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo
speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once.
The new console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, including the
Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance

Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density
optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.

Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI,
component, S-video and composite.

Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its
memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.

CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.

Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible
with Wii games and Wii accessories.

The Wii U is an interesting idea that could certainly bring about some very unique experiences, but can it repeat the success that the Wii has enjoyed? Can Nintendo truly win back some of the fans that turned their backs on them? Only time will tell.

The new console is due for release next year.