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Nintendo Shows Off New Wii U at This Year’s E3

Wii U Console and ControllerIt was no secret that Nintendo was going to show off its new console during this E3 2011. There were a lot of rumors going around about this new piece of technology, but not much was known for sure. Now that Nintendo’s E3 press conference has come and gone, some of the questions that people had about the new system have been answered. Despite this, there are still a lot of questions about the system.

However, let’s start off with what people know now. The new system’s name is called Wii U. The first thing that people notice about this new console right away is the new controller. Gamers will be interacting with their games with a new 6.2 inch touchscreen controller. The possibilities with this new controller are almost endless, and overall, developers seemed very excited about the latest system. The controller does have two circle pads, a d-pad, four face buttons, two trigger buttons, two shoulder buttons, a front facing camera, a mic, speakers and so on.

Next, the system does support 1080p, HD graphics. This alone is a big step in the right direction for Nintendo. In fact, developers pointed out, because of the new graphical power of this new console, games that come out on the 360 and PS3 can now come out for Wii U owners as well. They admitted that the reason why this did not happen for the Wii was because of its lack of power.

Although Nintendo showed off some family friendly games, the company did not hold off showing what kind of hardcore experiences would be coming to the system as well. During the press conference Nintendo showed clips from some games that would be coming to the Wii U, including Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders 2, Tekken, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon Online, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battlefield, Metro: Last Light, Razor’s Edge and many more.

Another good thing is that Nintendo did confirm that the new system is backwards compatible with Wii games. The Wii U will, of course, be able to use all of the controllers that worked with the Wii, meaning that all of the Wii Remotes and Classic Controllers that people purchased for the Wii are still usable on the Wii U.

Now early on there were some reports that some of the trailers that Nintendo showed were taken from other systems, because the games had not been made yet. Although this was true for some of the games, other games were showing off the system’s new graphical power. For example, Tekken was running on the new Wii U, as it showed people using the tablet to actually draw custom tattoos, decals and make up for their fighters. Also, the demo that Nintendo showed with the bird flying around the blooming trees showed the system’s power as well. Experts said this was a little demonstration showing how much more the Wii U can handle compared to the Wii.

Although people are excited about what they saw, there are still some questions left unanswered. For example, no release date was given except for the fact that it’s coming out in 2012. Also, no price point was given for the system, but gaming experts have pointed out that Nintendo has always specialized in low price points for home systems. That is how they sold so many Wii consoles.

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