New Nintendo Wii U console features Wiimote with touchscreen display…
Nintendo has unveiled its first major home gaming console since the release of the Nintendo Wii in 2006. The new Wii U takes all the motion control gaming concepts of the Wii and adds a new wireless wiimote featuring a 6.2 inch touchscreen.
The new Wii U remote is the first most obvious upgrade Nintendo has incorporated into its already popular gaming platform. Along with the large touchscreen display, the controller has two analog sticks, four front buttons, two shoulder pads and two triggers. It also features a gyroscope and accelerometer, a front facing camera, microphone and a stylus.
New Wiimote Controller
Nintendo Wii U Console
The new Wii U remote is definitely not its own handheld console as it actually runs of the console hardware, but it can perform like a handheld console in some scenarios, it can also double as a second display e.g. as sight when attached to a gun, or as an alternative view for additional players.
As the company stated in its press release:
“Adding a second screen to the living room creates a multitude of new video game experiences while offering families a variety of options to customize their entertainment…
“In single-player games:
The new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV.
The information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope.
In multiplayer games:
The player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.”
Full specifications are yet to be released but we do know that under the hood the Wii U will run a custom multicore chip from IBM, it will also support full 1080p HD graphics thanks to an AMD GPU. There will be onboard flash memory – rumor has it pegged at 8GB – 4 USB ports and support for additional USB storage.
Nintendo’s E3 trailer has a pretty good overview of what the new console is capable of when coupled with the new touchscreen Wiimote.
The Wii U console will be partnered with one new Wii Remote, with the option to add an additional four Wii Remotes or Wii Remote Plus controllers.
The Wii U will be backward compatible with original Wii releases, as well as all other Wii peripherals including Wii controllers, Nunchuks, Wii Fit Balance Board. The new console won’t, however, be backwards compatible with GameCube.
Release dates are somewhat vague; scheduled for some time between April 1, to December 31, 2012. Still, the new controller, and the existing popularity the Wii experience, certainly builds the hype for this intriguing forth-coming gaming console.