I was watching when the Wii U was announced and at first thought they were talking about their new online section for the Wii. It moved on to more questions of whether the controller was just a new add-on to the current Wii. Then when I started hearing the game line up and in the demo video I saw a glimpse of the new console. The next Nintendo home console is finally upon us but to be honest, I was expecting a little more.
The Wii U might have a not so good name but it is a long awaited upgrade of the current system. The new controller has a touch screen with the buttons build around it.
There are two analogue controls and two triggers at the back, and an array of standard Nintendo buttons in the right places. The interaction with the touch screen and the main 1080p TV screen opens up so many possibilities for gaming. The Wii U controller, which has not got a name yet, can also be used as a screen to play current Wii games off of, while others watch TV.
The good news, other than Nintendo popping up their hardware specifications to just above those other HD consoles, is that all the controllers and games that you have for the Wii will be usable with the
This means all your money invested in Wii Remotes and Nunchuks is not going to be wasted when the new console comes out. There will, however, will be no support for the GameCube controller and games any more. Wii U.
The Wii U is going for the Core-Gamer market and we know that the current Wii was aimed, fired... and shot the social market into gaming. This makes me think that with all this compatibility, the two consoles might live side by side for a long time to come. Wii games will continue to be made for the social gamer and the Wii U games will be for the more passionate gamer. They are currently doing this same thing with the 3DS and DS!
Wii U Price: £399.85
Wii U Release Date: 2012