New Wii Announced – Called the Wii U

No, we’re not kidding. Reggie Fils-Aime just announced the successor to the Wii that everyone already knew about and it turns out it’s called the Wii U. The other rumours were correct too – it’s got a ‘controller’ with a 6.2 inch touchscreen, dual analogues, Wii remote compatibility, shoulder buttons, rumble, microphone, player-facing camera, gyroscope.

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It only does everything.

[drop]The demo shown was very, very impressive. The controller can be used as a second screen with touch input for a wealth of uses, some of the most impressive being a web browser where the full page is shown on the TV and the controller is held up to the screen to zoom in on the area you point the IR on the back at.

It was also used in golf, put on the floor to see the ball on its screen, using the Wii remote as a golf club, it was used for Video Chat, a sketchpad (that can also show the full image on the TV).

It’s a new console, with HD, and the controller is a wireless screen. And you can use your Wii remotes too. It’s all very confusing right now, it seems the console part is just a console and the bit they are (and, by extension, we should be) focusing on is the controller and its swiss army knife-type functionality.

All we need now is some kind of official press release to clarify just exactly why we’re all so damn excited.

Third party support is strong, with sames shown so far including Battlefield 3, Darksiders II, Tekken, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon Online, Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines, Metro: Last Light, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, The Sims and Army of Two. It’s not clear whether they were shown using Wii U visuals.

John Riccitello of EA also took to the stage to reiterate how enthusiastic that company is about the new hardware.

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97 Comments

  1. This just leaves me so confused :/

  2. Hey Nofi, Wii U tell me some of the specs?

  3. Yeah I got a bit of an anti climax with this showing. They just gave us a sniff without letting us taste it. All the videos were renders, mainly PC , no specs of the console itself.

  4. I see lots of broken screens, playing golf, over swing, stumble & stand on the unit :(

  5. What stops song putting same functionality in for PS3 + Vita?

    • Sony could get that working before this even sees a release. Some of the features were basically what sony showed this morning will ruin.

      Problem is that Sony can’t build games around needing both.

      PS3 £200 + Vita £230 = £430

      Multi-player will mean looking at another £230 to £690.

      It only really works if everyone owns their own Vita. Nintendo will have the same issue with this.

  6. it looked like it was a new wii controller, rather than a new console itself

  7. This looks confusing but that ain’t the problem… I want to hold a controller in my hand and maintain eye contact with my tv, what I don’t want to do is to keep having to look down, up, down, you get the idea…
    Any idea how much this would even cost? haha :\

  8. What does the u stand for?

    • You

    • Well, according to the press conference it mainly stands for “you”, but also “unique”, “unifying”, “utopia”… you get the idea. Of course there are also other not so pleasant words starting with “u” to choose from, which they omitted in the presentation for some reason ;)

  9. My first thought…. Mild disappointment. I’ll probably be proved wrong though!

  10. Woav that was impressive and looks like huge 3rd party support. No doubt the controller is something unique and Nintendo has to lead on to show devs, how to use it, but very intriguing.

    Also I gotta laugh at some of the comments I’m seeing right now. LOLZ WITHOUT THE CONTOLLER, IT’S JUST WII HD!!! LOLZ!

    … ehm yeah, what were people expecting?

    • maybe expecting next gen stuff

      • Well then people need to get realistic. Nintendo has never been about leading edge hardware, but innovative fun gameplay.

        Again they showed us innovation, but still listened to their customers by bringing out a console which can do HD and proper online services.

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