Nintendo Announces “Wii U”

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Nintendo has announced the successor to the Wii, dubbed the “Wii U” and due in 2012 – this time the gimmick is a large screen in the controller, together with some much upgraded hardware.

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The huge new controller has a variety of applications – it can be played as an oversized console tethered handheld, used as a normal controller with the screen providing a supplementary display, waved around as an oversized Wiimote, used as a tablet with a stylus or finger, or be employed in conjunction with (or replaced by) updated traditional Wiimotes.

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The trailers:

Its spec in detail:

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.

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 ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM and Wii Balance Board™.

The ungainliness of the new controller has already provoked some scepticism amongst Japanese observers…

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Aside from the controller, Nintendo is describing the graphics as “HD” (“Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i”) presumably meaning they will at least be on par with the PS3 or Xbox 360 (game preview imagery being what it is, comparisons at this stage are likely premature). Details on its exact specs are lacking.

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Media is provided by a new 12cm proprietary disc format, with the console capable of reading Wii discs as well. SD memory cards and USB hard-disks are supported.

Nintendo fans have already put their minds to the possibilities this offers:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 08/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    4 me, this console's worth will depend on the game release, and the price!
    if this console is too expensive, and have shitty games, then its a no.

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    Comment by Sparanda
    11:55 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm betting $300 at the most. Nintendo doesn't usually price their consoles really high.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's $250 (from a source). But selling it at the same price for 3DS? That's sounds bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:11 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    why are the prices in the USA so low? Are americans that poor? Europe and Japan pay much more. For example if the price would be 299$ in the US it would be 299€=437$ in europe and 29.980¥=375$ in Japan >_>

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    Comment by gpturismo
    21:16 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because US = no tariffs. It helps our bottom line but then we wonder why we are in dept... that with the rich being taxed at a much lower rate than the middle class and even the poor.

    With that type of controller? I could see it costing 100 dollars by itself, so I see 300 dollars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @21:11 dunno about europe, but japan has trading policy called dumping, which result in this high price

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    Comment by TNinja
    00:11 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I exspected a different name, though.

    Like, there was Nintendo 64, then Gamecube, then Wii. The chain of variety broke at Wii U. :V

    Though, there were NES and SNES.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^No its not. It's doing bad in terms of sales, site your source.

    Lol. It's probably around $350-$400 just because of the controller.

    The reason for the weird prices is because it doesn't matter to them the conversion, for example if a minimum wage in the US is about $7.5 USD and in Europe is 7euros it doesn't really matter, they're just making more money. And it'll probly be region locked.

    The controller is just begging to get hacked along with the Wii-u to be able to play every nintendo console made before it. Then again rumor has it nintendo does this on purpose.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @15:18

    Do you have any idea what you're talking about? The 3DS is outpacing the DS in terms of sales. Derp.

    It's only in Japan that it's not doing as well as other countries.

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    Comment by alidan
    04:56 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    first off, japan and other countries constantly get fucked by prices, its not really a surprised that america gets it cheaper when you look at that trend.

    second the controller is probably sub 70$
    the cheapest part of a smartphone/tablet is the screen, nintendo is also using the cheapest kind of touch screen too. screen alone is 20-30$ and the rest of the controller is negligible. it will cost about what a wiimote and numchuk cost

    the rest of the console is about 360-ps3 specs, in terms of cheapness, so going to 300$ depending on how cheap that controller is to make, isn't hard to see happening.

    and third, we are in debt mainly because government pisses money in our faces. 300+ for a plunger, 20 million to advertise the new 20$ bill (when that happened) and in wisconsin specifically, 4-20 million to repair damages from protesters (remove tape residue from walls)

    if government worked right, like not spend 1-2 trillion a year on military (how much of that is obceane amounts of research) and other such bullshit, we wouldnt have debt in about 5-10 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with how bad the 3ds is selling I'm sure it'll be down to at least $200 by the time the console launches in 2012

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    10:50 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    nice - a pad for games,... but will it also have the same capabilities of a pad?

    Users that use it will eventually want to do real life stuff on it. As well as get their gaming fix in between.

    Ungainlieness - does not compute,... Given that it is more ergonomically friendly,... translates to less liability for personal injury through excessive useage

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I bet it has terrible battery life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm suspicious that the controller will be as expensive as the console itself...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't it true for most consoles that shitty games would be a "no" ?

    Either way, I'm eager to see what developers do with this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    controler is good, now all we need is open sorce drivers for it :) So we can play any game we want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Am I the only one that thought the HUGE controller with a screen is a major fail?

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    Comment by Andices
    12:33 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If only that last picture is real, yea I'm BUYING!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 08/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    As a left-handed person I want to grab Nintendo by their collective throats and yell "KNOCK THAT SHIT OFF, I CAN BARELY WRITE MY NAME WITH MY RIGHT HAND."

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, think about this: it's better to play with a right-handed controller that you get "free", than buying a special left-handed controller that will likely cost $50-$70 more than a right-handed one, because less people will be buying it, and will likely be more difficult to produce.
    The only issue I've seen is the position of the analog sticks, because they're almost always under the d-pad and the command buttons. I think they'll be harder to reach, as the controller is really huge. I hope that they change it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the Wii, DSi and 3ds had left handed mode, I see no reason why this won't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Love how Link in Zelda was usually left handed, and on the Wii he was made right-handed. So much about left handers ;D. Still very playable, this doesnt kill anything for left handers imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I'm not so worried about the size, because these things are going to be sitting in my living room, not being carried around with me all day like the PSP or the DS. I think it's perfectly manageable, especially when you consider there are other options if you're in a 1P situation where you are holding the (possibly heavy) controller constantly. I like the idea, but now I'm worried how much this new controller will cost. Screens ain't cheap, you know...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Only one tablet can be used per console. It's an HD Wii since it will still use the same Wiimotes for any other kind of games, especially multiplayer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, they could alos just link the freakin DS and make it as if it was that big nasty and ugly controller. Fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please NO. Only one tablet per console? Please Nintendo, please don't do what this crazy man says, we need FOUR. Anything below that will render the re-acquisition of real 4 player coop games undoable. I'm thinking "Four Swords Adventures" for the Gamecube here.

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    Comment by LadySaphira
    11:00 08/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    *sigh* yet another console I'll buy just to play Zelda...

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    Comment by Saunter
    11:43 08/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    That's the only reason I bought the Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous

    why? there is STILL no wii zelda, twilight princess was for gamecube, you could have saved yourself $200

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dunno, played both the Wii and Gamecube version of Twilight Princess. Think the controls were much better on the Gamecube. Visually the Wii version was a bit more colorful but not by much.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    16:39 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    and buying a completely obsolete game system for an inferior version of a game makes perfect sense...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is the only reason I bought a Wii as well. Have not touched it since.

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    Comment by POKI
    13:50 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    nintendo is my favorite console to go to for shovelwares... now they've added a big ass controller to compensate for my small penis.

    i'm definitely getting it. i can't wait to have guests over so they could laugh at my ridiculous purchase and tell me... gawd damn that's a big ass controller.

    dreamcast 2 would've been a better name than waifu.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    23:54 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    was gonna say, the last system with a controller with a screen.... well we all know.
    but is it just me or is nintendo slowly being styled more for macfags? i mean if apple ever released a console, this is EXACTLY what it would look like, white, round, and shiny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm, and here I thought Sony and Microsoft had that thing going with the graphics.

    I have great graphics that'll distract you from my blurred penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Part of the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    So this was the special controller they were coming up with.... /facepalm

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And in two years Sony and Microsoft will have their touch pad controllers ready.

    And fans will claim those controllers are way better than Nintendo's

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:49 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't you guys think with all these 'take a picture/movie of yourself' consoles will just result in sleepovers where people just go around nude and mess around? Why even game at that point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you weren't around to witness the blood right after Zelda: wind walker came out...following the super-realistic E3 trailer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    pretty much the same, add monster hunter tri thou

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But now you have a second screen you can move around to get better upskirts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets not forget that Super Smash Bros is also coming out for Wii U and at the same time 3DS and they will interact with each other in some way.

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    Comment by Keima88
    14:19 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    The Wii U has a lot of potential. But I am not convinced yet.

    That will probally change when the next super smash bros comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ef YEAH! NEXT SSB!! air grabs anyone?

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    Comment by Keima88
    15:36 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Mine wishlist is small. I want Roy back and more third party characters. Like The world ends with you : Neku Sakuraba.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'll proudly say that i fucked up when i bought the Wii and i'm not going to make the same mistake...This console is gonna be crap

    Comment by Anonymous

    here's a hint: you have to buy the good games and ignore the shovelware to make purchasing the console worthwhile.

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    Comment by cats2
    11:58 08/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    A controller the size of the T.V. almost..

    Gee, that's sure going to work out, lol..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    man ill look like an asshole playing that shit on the train

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Teathered to the console my friend, won't operate without the Console being in range

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 09/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Teathered to the console my friend, won't operate without the Console being in range"

    There goes any consideration of buying it, I'll stick with the PS Vita and PS4 combo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    want to play kinect instead?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    the mental image of someone playing kinect on the train is both hilarious and painful

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 08/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why look like an asshole when you can be one on the train.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Still better than trying to play xbox360 or ps3 with only the remote at the train...










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