Sunday, June 26, 2011

E3 Showcases Nintendo's Wii U

By Jeff Mooseau, E.W. Fields, B.M. Fundy



Nintendo showed up at this year's E3 debuting the Wii U. It may have been the top showcase of the conference. The new platform displays a step up in technology of gaming consoles. Also, the Wii U's part-time standalone controller raised eyebrows, more about this later. But what really keeps game consoles moving off the store shelves, the games, and Nintendo didn't forget about games.

Nintendo's new console debut obviously topped most attendees list of must see's, but that wasn't all the Nintendo folks brought to E3. I've compiled a short list of the Nintendo highlights.

5) Fans are to be excited with the addition of Super Smash Bros on the 3DS and Wii U gaming platform. The popular fighting series haven't actually gone into production yet, but fans are frothing.

4) Lack of 3rd party support has long been a thorn in Nintendo's side. Nintendo games are incredible and quite arguably some of the most popular titles, but the lack of titles such as Call of Duty and Resident Evil seem to push many average consumers in another direction. The Wii U is trying to reverse that trend.

At this year's E3, Nintendo announced titles like Tekken, Batman: Arkham City, Ghost Recon, Assassin's Creed and more were already in the works. We're wondering how some of these 2011 titles will be enhanced for Wii U's 2012 debut, but those are questions for another time. So far, Nintendo seems to be focusing on making sure Wii U is home to all companies and franchises, and that's a very, very good thing.

3) Two mini-games sold us on the potential of Wii U - Chase Mii and Battle Mii. These two demos utilized the Wii U tablet to remarkable effect, giving one player a completely different experience than others, which is quite remarkable. No doubt there's plenty more that can be done with this innovative controller, but we were quite impressed with what we saw here. Nintendo needed to sell the people on Wii U, and these two Mii games did that to a considerable degree.

2) Zelda in HD for Wii U

1) The new Wii U game console. Nintendo did deliver. Nintendo's 2nd gen Wii console is a system for all to enjoy, casual and serious gamers, alike.

But it's the controller that actually received the most attention.

The controller actually is more of a sidekick to the new console and your television, and can double as an extra controller in some games. Also, the wireless controller works as a standalone entertainment device as well. The multi-functional controller contains a tablet with a 6.2" touchscreen with stylus.

The Wii U controller definitely kicks console gaming up a notch, but it's hard to tell just how it all works until Nintendo has full, functioning games that make full use of the system's potential.

No date was set for debut in stores nor was a price. But be expected to pay over $250 for Wii U




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