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Old 01-11-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Wii U: Coming after E3 2012

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LAS VEGAS Nintendo Co.'s upcoming Wii U game console will come with a controller that has a big touch-enabled screen. At first glance, that seems like an obstacle to the kind of casual multiplayer gaming that made the first Wii console such a breakout hit.
But in demonstrations Tuesday, the company emphasized that the Wii U will work with the cheaper, stick-like Wii controllers as well, making family multiplayer games feasible.
The Japanese company is giving some journalists hands-on time with the console on the sidelines of the International Consumer Electronics Show, which started Tuesday in Las Vegas.
It's the second time the U.S. media is getting a glimpse of the device, which was first shown in June. Nintendo said the device will go on sale after the next Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming trade show in June.
Nintendo went against conventional wisdom with the original Wii in 2006. The quirky, cheap game console relied not on high-end graphics and complex buttons to lure in hardcore players, but on simple motion controls to lure in everyone.
Although the company successfully courted casual gamers with the Wii, it is now facing increased competition from Apple Inc.'s iPhone and other devices that offer simple games. It had hoped to win new gamers through a 3-D handheld device. But sales were slow, and Nintendo slashed prices on the device within six months.
The Wii U will be sold as a bundle with one touch-screen controller almost as big as the game console itself. Nintendo hasn't said what the package or an extra controller will cost. Touch screens are expensive, often accounting for nearly half the cost of a phone or a tablet computer.
Nintendo's demonstrations reveal that the touch-screen controller is designed to work with older controllers. For example, in one of Nintendo's demonstration games, four players with Wii remotes chase a fifth, who uses the touch controller. The fifth player uses the screen on the controller to guide his movements, which are thus kept secret from the other players. The other players keep track of their own movements on the TV screen.
In another demonstration game, two players with Wii remotes collaborate to fight a third, who zooms around in a spaceship, controlled through the touch controller.
The integration of the older remotes and the touch controller goes even further. The existing Wii console is able to keep track of where the old-style Wii remotes are with the help of a "sensor bar" that attaches to the TV set. That's how the Wii remote can be used to "point" to things on the screen. The new Wii U controller has its own sensor bar, so the Wii U can figure out where a Wii remote is in relation to the controller, not just the TV set.
This sounds complicated, but it enables simple, unexpected forms of game play. For instance, Nintendo showed in a video how the Wii U controller could be placed on the floor for a golf game. The screen of the controller shows a teed-up golf ball. Swinging a Wii remote like a golf club above the controller gets the ball flying.
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Isn't that just dandy, especially since the PS4 will not be announced at E3.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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it came last year so idk why it wouldnt this year
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it came last year so idk why it wouldnt this year
As in it is slated to be released. Sounds about right to what the rumors were saying.
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I am very excited for this! I can now watch Football and play my Wii at the same time. What a great invention
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I don't see how the PS4 not being announced makes this any better. I'd prefer two new consoles to look forward to.
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I don't see how the PS4 not being announced makes this any better. I'd prefer two new consoles to look forward to.
From the Console War standpoint, this is good news to Nintendo. It means they can enter the next-gen unhindered for the next year or two. Problem with the Wii U is that the PS3 and the 360 can still compete with it.

I'm not saying I disagree with you, because I'd love to hear at least a little announcement about another new console at E3.

To the topic, the launch is how it should be: near the end of the year. I think that's where Nintendo screwed up with the 3DS. They had an okay launch in the Spring, but the holidays are where all the business is made.
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good launch games + good marketing + good price + being released first = very possible successful launch
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From the Console War standpoint, this is good news to Nintendo. It means they can enter the next-gen unhindered for the next year or two. Problem with the Wii U is that the PS3 and the 360 can still compete with it.

I'm not saying I disagree with you, because I'd love to hear at least a little announcement about another new console at E3.

To the topic, the launch is how it should be: near the end of the year. I think that's where Nintendo screwed up with the 3DS. They had an okay launch in the Spring, but the holidays are where all the business is made.
As long as they don't pull a Dreamcast(which they won't). They want to ship it early, because they don't want to run into the issues they had with the Wii, where they didn't have the units for the first holiday season. Having several months to make product, and sales beforehand.

Also the Wii U has a leg up on the 360 and PS3 with better specs, with cheaper cost to make, and will set them up nicely to outsell the other two. Then in a few years they will do it all again.
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