Nintendo recently unveiled a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii U, a console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen.
Adding a second screen facilitates a multitude of new video game experiences, providing users with a variety of new options to customize their entertainment. Previously, video games played on a home console were confined to the TV, offering the same view to all players in a multi-player environment. Watching TV and playing console games were completely separate experiences. The Wii U controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic gaming and entertainment experience. A release is expected in 2012.
Nintento Wii U Features:
New Controller: Besides the 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these components to the Classic Controller button scheme—two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons—will enable broader and deeper game-play experiences.
Single Player: The new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV. The information and viewpoint in the controller can also change based on the orientation of its gyroscope.
Multi-Player: The player using the controller can have a different experience from those watching the TV, offering lots of new competitive and cooperative opportunities.
Backward Compatible: Wii U combines motion-sensing gameplay with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be accompanied by a new controller. It can also use up to four additional controllers. The system is backward compatible, so it can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.
Camera: A front-facing camera sits at the top of the controller, ostensibly for use in taking pictures and possibly for augmented reality capabilities. In its E3 2011 press conference, Nintendo revealed that the controller will have video chat capabilities. Built-in speakers also play back sound, and the controller features a headphone jack.