At today’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, Nintendo showcased its follow-up to the popular Wii console, the Wii U, as well as announcing new game titles for the 3DS and Wii.
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo focused its demonstration on the controller for the new system. The Wii U uses a large tablet-like device with traditional controls, motion sensors and a touchscreen. The screen is 6.2 inches, and is backwards compatible with the Wii, as well as being the main controller for the new console.
Unlike the Wii, the Wii U will be able to output in HD, and players will be able to play their games on the internal screen, as well as TV. The controller can also be used as a second screen to complement the game being played, displaying an inventory screen or a map.
The new controller is capable of video calls, as well as full web browsing. It can also be used to share media, by transferring content such as movies and images to a TV.
The new console will be released in 2012, although no firm date has been given.
As well as the new console, Nintendo also revealed several new titles for both the Wii and the 3DS, including revisits to classic franchises.
For the 3DS, old favourites such as Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D and Kid Icarus were all shown, with release dates for these games being given as Christmas 2011. The 3DS virtual store was also shown, and players can now download classic Gameboy and Gameboy Color titles.
Part of the launch of the virtual store included a free download of a classic Zelda title, Four Swords, with the franchise celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year. Zelda games were promised for all Nintendo platforms, including the new Skyward Sword game for the Wii, which will be released this year.
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