Coming Soon: The Wii U

Who’s excited? I’m excited! EXCITEMENT!

If you’re wondering what’s rustling my jimmies this time, E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) 2012 begins in less than a week! If there’s one thing that I – a dedicated Nintendo fan, mind you – am excited for, it’s the new Nintendo console: the Wii U. Once again, a ridiculous name choice. However, last year’s conference and recent information make the new system very intriguing.

Feast your eyes.

The Wii U is indeed looking very promising. The console itself will be the first Nintendo console to display high-definition 1080p resolution, so we can expect some very beautiful games. In addition, the Wii U will be capable of a disc storage capacity of 25 gigabytes. Not bad at all! All things considered, it will be the most powerful gaming console once released.

For extra cash, Reggie Fils-Aime (President of Nintendo of America) moonlights as a train. To help him follow his dreams, Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo of Japan’s head honchos) further his locomotive business. That or someone knows how to use Photoshop.

The concept for the Wii U originated back in 2008 in Japan. Developers tried to create a more powerful system with innovative control design, and decided on a built-in tablet. The Wii U will be compatible with Wii games, controllers, and peripherals (like the Balance Board), but will not be able to process GameCube games like the Wii could. (However, Gamecube games as well as other previous Nintendo titles can be downloaded.)

The Wii U’s tablet controller… really sets the console apart from different systems. By a longshot. After Microsoft and Sony experimented in motion gaming (with… questionable results), we all knew that Nintendo had do something big to stay new with their motion gaming endeavors. Enter the Wii U’s controller. Equipped with a 6.2 inch touchscreen, microphone, gyroscope, and several other features, the Wii U will certainly have many features past generations of consoles weren’t even close to. Some games are entirely playable with just the controller, with no need for the TV. (This is somewhat confusing. Nintendo seems to be blurring the line that divides consoles and handhelds. ) The controller will rely on a sensor bar to monitor motion monitoring.

It also does this.

Nintendo’s partnership with IBM and AMD will continue, although technical specifications have yet to be determined. While other developers have suggested that the Wii U is about equal with the PS3 and Xbox 360, the Wii U has been stated by its own creators that it is at least 50% MORE powerful, complete with a new CPU, a new GPU, and a (rumored) 768 MB to 1 GB RAM. The Wii U will also have several USB ports, an SD card slot, and HDMI connectivity.

While it would indeed be possible for the Wii U to support 3D gaming on 3D televisions, Nintendo has stated that it’s not something they are currently focusing on. Perhaps when the software/hardware mature, the Wii U will achieve proper advancement in the third dimension.

This paragraph is what we’ve been waiting for: the games themselves. Nintendo has confirmed several titles for the Wii U, including a new Super Mario title, a new Zelda game, a new chapter of Metroid Prime, and the long-awaited Pikmin 3. A new Mario Kart game is also in the works, as well as New Super Mario Bros. Mii, which I really hope isn’t just a remake of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but allows you to play as your Nintendo “Mii” avatar. That would kind of suck. Perhaps best of all: Super Smash Bros. 4! That will be amazing. Hopefully it will include several new characters, perhaps from various third parties…

A beta screenshot from Zelda Wii U. Alternate Title: “Why I’m Scared of Spiders.”

From demos and screenshots, the Wii U has gained massive third party support. Various gaming publishers including EA and Ubisoft are impressed with the Wii U and have confirmed their creation of games for the system, some of which come from series unfamiliar to Nintendo consoles. Among these new games are Battlefield 3, Assassin’s Creed 3 (I’m really excited for that one) and more.

All in all, E3 is going to be a blast. Gamers across the globe will be looking forward to the latest advancements in digital entertainment. Nintendo seems to have done it again, or at least in my opinion. There will be epic new games to look forward to, some of which will end up on this site! Many new 3DS titles are coming soon as well. Here’s hoping Microsoft and Sony don’t just drop some lame Kinect or PS Move crap on us. And finally, to Valve: PLEASE RELEASE HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE 3 ALREADY!

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