Nintendo Wii U Console

Introducing the Nintendo Wii U – Nintendo’s much anticipated addition to the console wars, unveiled today at the E3 conference.

Nintendo innovation

Nintendo, the consummate innovator, has introduced groundbreaking features and ideas to the gaming world over the years. They were the  first to master and market a wildly popular handheld gaming system (Game Boy), to introduce the concept of force feedback (Rumble Pak), and more recently reasserting it’s innovative dominance on handhelds with dual screen & 3d handheld gaming systems (DS, 3Ds) and perhaps most paradigm shifting – they introduced a completely new, totally immersive method of gaming by integrating the players physical movements & gestures into gameplay (wii).

The new Nintendo Wii U controller

Not content to be innovators of the past, Nintendo is once again introducing a new interface concept with its touchscreen controller.

The new Nintendo Wii U controller

Nintendo Wii U Video ChatWhile there are a number of improvements and changes to the platform perhaps the most striking innovation with the Wii U is the unique touchscreen controller.

The incredibly versatile touchscreen controller includes a varied feature/control set including a microphone, a gyroscope, accelerometers, dual analog controls, two shoulder buttons & two trigger buttons, an integrated camera for video chatting. Gameplay could potentially consist of a combination of traditional button mashing & stick toggling, touchscreen tapping & gestures, and physical movements.

If Nintendo got us off the couch with the Wii, the Wii U brings some of that gameplay back to the couch. Oh and ALL of the Nintendo Wii games, controllers and accessories are 100% compatible – so you can still play tennis to your hearts content or at least until you toss your wand through your $5000 TV.

Check out the new Nintendo Wii U controller in action…

What about the Nintendo Wii U graphics?

While the Wii graphics were not quite on par with other consoles of the era (Xbox 360, PS3) the new Wii U boasts some pretty stout technology improvements to allow for more flawless video rendering and more processing power. Check out this graphics demo also shown at the E3 conference.

Pretty impressive eh? Not what we’ve come to expect from Nintendo the last few years – does this open the door for a ton of new game possibilities for the Wii U that we didn’t see on the Wii? Yes it does.

Will there be any Nintendo Wii U Games?

With all of the improvements it’s no surprise that more developers than ever are jumping on the Nintendo bandwagon. Check out some of these titles launching Wii U ready.

  • Tekken
  • Arcam Asylum (Batman)
  • Darksiders II
  • Assassins Creed
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Dirt
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Metro: Last Light

And a slew of top game developers have pledged their support and have added Nintendo Wii U to their production list for future games including

  • EA Sports
  • Vicarious Visions
  • THQ
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros
  • 5th Cell
  • Namco Bandai
  • Irrational Games
  • Disney
  • EA Games

So there won’t be a shortage of top game titles on the Wii U platform. This is perhaps one of the biggest shifts for the platform since alienating a certain set of gamers for the last 5 years – can they win us back?

Check out more details on upcoming Wii U games at 1up.com

Your thoughts on the Nintendo Wii U?

So there you have it – a first sneak peak at the official Nintendo Wii U introduction – your thoughts..?