Nintendo Wii News
E3 2011: Nintendo reveals Wii U console, coming 2012
By Hector Cortez Jun 8, 2011, 2:30 GMT
Wii U is a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen.
Today at the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced Wii U, a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen.
The Wii U provides a variety of new gaming experiences in both single and multiplayer games. For example, the new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV. Also, the information and viewpoint can change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope. In multiplayer games, the player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.
In addition to the 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. The controller's buttons include two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons.
Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.
The Wii U measures 1.8×6.8×10.5", is powered by an IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor and can output 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i via HDMI, Component, Composite and S-Video. It also includes 4 USB 2.0 ports, an SD slot, and internal Flash memory which is expandable via SD card or USB drive.