Anyone that has ever played a Wii knows that it’s a great party game system, and a great way to get people involved. While other game consoles focus on the multiplayer and online experience, the Wii focused on the family. The goal of Nintendo was to bring families and people together to have fun, and it worked… for a while. The problem was, family gaming only goes so far. It cuts out the serious gamers; it cuts out those who want all the things Xbox Live and the Playstation Network offer.
With that in mind, Nintendo devised the Wii U. Last night, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct video detailing all new information about the Wii U. The Wii U aims to be more than just a game console, the Wii U wants to be the center of the living room.
Here’s what was announced in the video:
New ways to play: With the television and the Wii U GamePad working as two integrated screens, Wii U creates unique possibilities for gaming, allowing “asymmetric” game play where each player can have different goals, challenges and views within the same shared gaming experience.
Miiverse: Miiverse is a brand-new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.
Wii U GamePad controls: In addition to the previously announced touch-screen and motion controls, the Wii U GamePad was redesigned and improved from its reveal in 2011. The new form factor offers players dual analog stick controls and can be used as a remote control for users’ TVs, even while the Wii U console is turned off. Nintendo also announced availability of the Wii U Pro Controller as a separate peripheral.
Wii compatibility: All game discs for the Wii system are compatible with Wii U, and the system will support controllers for the Wii system.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/nintendo
Additional information about Wii U will be revealed at the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 5.