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

2 July 2011
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Nintendo Wii U console and controller close-up
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+.

    • CapneoCrowley

      I have written the thing below this, And I got hit by Lightning so you REALLY can see how good this would be, for me.

    • Dico

      Cant wait. Even more exited about Super Smash Bros 4.

    • Mcjakeqcool

      @Pipe Botero                                                                                                                                        Well the Wii is already cheap enough to compete with the X360 an ps3 price wise, to compete now they need the Wii U to have HD graphics, more multimedia such as DVDs hardrive you can keep songs + pics etc on BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO CDS FOR CHRISTSAKE & more interactivity such as using your hand rather then romote control for controls and a built in camera like the Xbox Kinect has.

    • Mcjakeqcool

      The U will have interactive graphics to rival the most complex games that are currently avalible on the X360 and ps4 an the popularity of the Wii behind it so it will be the console to beat later on this decade.

    • Yomama

      will u be able to use the new controller for the regular wii

    • LOL I’m sure in the future everything will be invisible as a special feature 😛

    • Sorry @981bda64f441bcc6a92cb65f7734c9e2:disqus you cannot use the Wii U controller on a regular Wii. The Wii U is actually a whole new console, that’s why it has so many new features including HD graphics 🙂

    • Jamal cephas

      hey matt

    • supersaiyanbardock

      But you can use Wii Remote, Classic Controller on Wii U but no Gamecube Controller

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