Less than 24 hours ago, Nintendo released a global Nintendo Directvideo revealing new information about the upcoming Wii U game console.
In the video, which you can view below, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata illustrates how Wii U will change the way people interact with their Wii’s and each other; after the short japanese lesson and a slightly awkward beginning. The video includes information about the Wii U’s Gamepad; a touch screen controller!
The television and the Wii U GamePad work as two integrated screens, allowing “asymmetric” game play where each player can have different goals, challenges and views within the same shared gaming experience.
It also discusses the Miiverse, a network communication system that allows gamers from around the world to 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.Kind of like steam, I guess, but if it were made into a 3d world for your Wii.
In addition to the touch-screen capabilities, the Wii U GamePad has dual analog stick controls and can be used as a remote control for users’ TVs, even while the Wii U is turned off. Nintendo also announced availability of the Wii U Pro Controller as a separate peripheral.
And before anyone asks, yes the game discs for the Wii system are compatible with Wii U. The Wii Uwill also support controllers for the Wii .
Additional information about Wii U will be revealed at Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year.