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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nintendo Wii U and Quick E3 2011 Info

Just thought I'd share a little about this newly announced console.  After seeing the controller of the Wii U, hardcore gamers were raging about it, thinking it's the entire console and that Nintendo was doing the recent trend in games...make games only for mobile users and casual gamers.  Looks like they are going to cater us hardcore gamers as well...but remember, any business will go where the money is and sadly there are far more casual gamers out there.

Here's some info and images about it....thanks to this post on Reddit.

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 Board™.
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. (Taken from the Nintendo E3 2011 Press Release)
Games announced: Smash Brothers, Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon Online, Darksiders II, Dirt, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3, FIFA 12, Madden 12, Driver, Lego City Stories
Other facts: (GTTV interview with Reggie)
  • The price point of the system will be competitive to the current prices of the PS3, 360 in terms of value
  • The games shown for Wii U at the show were actually PS3 and 360 versions but the Wii U will look the same or better
  • No BluRay Support
  • Controller's screen is single-touch
  • Backwards compatible with the Wii's Games, but no upscaling is done

Some of you know I'm the kind of an "if it's a video game, I'll take it."  I've been playing video games since I was 1 1/2 in 1985.  Been playing since the Atari 2600 days, still have all my consoles & games and I can't wait to add this to the collection.

Lots of E3 info is going on (and Apple's WWDC was yesterday and god knows I want to blog the hell out of everything)  Here's a few of what's been big in the gaming/tech world during these past few important days:

 I'd do a bit more in the details but I'm actually in the middle of making my own video game ^_^...(and nursing yet another migraine -_-)

This also comes to mind when I think Wii-U...

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