Nintendo had the biggest news of E3 this year, the reveal of Wii U the successor of the Wii. The high-definition Wii U has a new controller that includes not only traditional controls but a touch-screen, speakers and a camera. Users can play games on their TV, the controller or sometimes both.
After a few Nintendo consoles didn’t have adequate third-party support Nintendo made it a point to highlight games for the Wii U such as LEGO City Stories and Darksiders II. There are also games that appeal to more serious gamers that tend to buy the more mature games and not the casual Wii Fit crowd such as Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed and a few EA sports titles.Wii U will be released sometime between April and December 2012 and not much concrete information about big first-party games except for a Smash Bros. game for the Wii U and the 3DS.
The rest of the press conference focused on the 3DS and upcoming games like Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Starfox were all promised, as well as the appearance of Luigi’s Mansion 2. And the much anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii was promised a holiday 2011 release date.
Text direct from Nintendo:
Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once.
The new console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, including the
Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance
Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density
optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI,
component, S-video and composite.
Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its
memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.
Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible
with Wii games and Wii accessories.
[Source: Game Informer]
Press Conference, Trailers and Gameplay
Nintendo Press Conference Part 1
Nintendo Press Conference Part 2
Zelda Ocarina of Time Trailer
Zelda Wii U Game clip
New Super Mario Bros Mii- Wii U
Mario Kart 3DS Trailer
Pokedex 3DS Trailer
Kid Icarus: Uprising 3DS Trailer
Luigi’s Mansion 2 3DS
Starfox 3DS Gameplay