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E3 2011: Nintendo Announces Wii U Platform: Controller With A Screen

By William Usher 2011-06-07 11:10:45 discussion comments
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All right, hang on to your butts…the new console from Nintendo is not a traditional console per se, it’s like an upgraded Wii fused with the iPad. Basically, it’s a controller with a screen that works in similitude with the new Nintendo console, or Wii 2.

Ok so here’s the thing, the Wii U (please ignore the gosh awful name) is basically a peripheral that coincides with the new Wii U console (pictured below). You can play Wii games using this motion-based device and it works like a Wii-Mote but the cool part is that if you’re playing a game on the Wii or Wii U, you can turn to another channel and still play your favorite game on the Wii U peripheral using its six-inch screen. Nifty, eh?

What’s more is that the Wii U works in tandem with Wii games, allowing gamers to place the Wii U on the floor and using the Wii-Mote as a golf stick to hit the ball off the tee.



Another neat thing is that if you turn off your TV you can stream the game from the Wii directly onto the Wii U. Take note, you can’t actually use the Wii U as a portable gaming device, but as a streaming peripheral accessory to the Nintendo Wii and Wii U console.

The controller has two analogs, triggers on the back of the pad, a digital pad, a six inch screen and motion controls.

I don’t think words justify just how unique this new device is so you might want to check out the promo trailer below. For more info be sure to visit the Official Nintendo Website. Wii U is scheduled to release next year.


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