E3 2012: Nintendo Unveils New Details Surrounding Wii U
Before its June 5 press conference, Nintendo gets a jump on Microsoft and Sony with some new details on its fall console
LOS ANGELES – Before Microsoft and Sony took the stage for their E3 2012 press conferences, Nintendo released a global Nintendo Direct video revealing new information about the upcoming Wii U game console, including details about the system’s touch-screen controller, the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata illustrates how Wii U will change how people connect with games, each other and entertainment through the system’s unique and integrated second-screen controller in the video in this story.
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.
Nintendo unveiled Miiverse, 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.
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.
The new console is also backwards-compatible. All game discs for the Wii system are compatible with Wii U, and the system will support controllers for the Wii system.