What is the Wii U? A console, tablet or controller? Iwata explains it’s all

2 July 2011
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata commented on the fact that most people thought the upcoming Wii U console they showed at their Nintendo E3 2011 press conference, was just a new controller with a touch screen for the current Wii system.

To be frank, I was equally confused. While great news, it didn’t help that the Wii U was shown as backwards compatible with all Wii games and Wii controllers/accessories. But as you can see from the Wii U console image above (right below the TV), the Wii U tablet controller comes with the new Wii U console when it gets released in 2012.

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  • Mr. Iwata explained where the confusion came from. He said in an TIL interview:

    “Because we put so much emphasis on the controller, there appeared to be some misunderstandings. We should have made more effort to explain how it works.

    We haven’t made any kind of blunder, but I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller. The console is not drastically different, and Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible.

    What Wii U will offer is very different, but I believe we have the strong potential to change the entire format of videogames and of entertainment.”

    Here’s Nintendo E3 2011 trailer in which they unveiled their next video game console, the Wii U.

    In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controller button scheme – two analogue Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons – will enable new gameplay experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated gamers.


    Categories: Interviews, News, Videos, Wii U News

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    Ferry Groenendijk

    By Ferry Groenendijk: He is the founder and editor of Video Games Blogger. He loved gaming from the moment he got a Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. on his 8th birthday. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

    • Anonymous

      WII U seems to be game changer gaming console for Nintendo. hope it will make big mark in market.

    • Speeddemon126

      this new console will be awesome. ive always been a big nintendo fan but the wii got a little old for me after 2010. it kindof sucks because you miss alot of great games when you just have a wii but at the same time you get alot of nintendos awesome exclusives. with the wii u coming out this year and its dramatic change/final form this year at e3 2012 ,i think next gen will be all nintendo 🙂

    • judge2020

      not just the greatness about wii U, but this will allow a lot more hacks and glitches to be found and used 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • judge2020

      the wii U will take longer to come out because the can’t just make the console. remember all nintendo products? they always created a nintendo game (mostly mario cart) and sometimes another game with it so u just don’t have to go with the non-game features until the first game came out. i mean the first wii came with 3 games that you could buy: mario cart wii, wii sports, and wii play. the wii prob would’ve came out a month earlier if they only made one of those games. don’t get your hopes up for before summer.

    • judge2020

      does  this website have a anti-spam thing? lol. this is mah 3rd comment!

    • judge2020

      is wii U out now?

    • qwezda

      “Nintendo needs to make a cheaper console…”

      Not sure if trolling, or just an extremely casual “gamer.”

      Nintendo, the company who’s consoles are always the cheapest of each set of newly released game systems, needs to make them even cheaper? To me, that just sounds ridiculous. Even now, a new Xbox 360 starts at $200 and goes up based on what kind of bundle you get (for example, $300 for Elite 250GB, $300 for 4GB with Kinect), and new PS3s are STILL going for $250.

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