Nintendo have débuted their new console, the Wii U, at the E3 games show in Los Angeles this week.
It was widely expected that Nintendo would launch the first salvo in the next generation of games consoles. A Wii 2 console announcement has been expected for a while although, as it turns out, it isn’t called the Wii 2 but the Wii U.
Nintendo’s Wii U console gets HD graphics including 1080p and a multi-core processor, but the main talking point has to be the new controller.
It features a 6.2 inch touch screen in widescreen format, and looks similar to a tablet or an enlarged playstation portable console. It has the usual features you would expect from such a device these days such as accelerometer, gyroscope, camera and rumble feature.
The idea behind the controller is that adding a second, independent screen to the gaming experience will transform the way games are played and interacted with. For instance, creating multiple viewpoints, one on the TV and one on the controller.
The console also supports the standard Wii controllers so you could have multiple players seeing one version on the TV and another player using the controller having a different experience.
It will be interesting to see how games developers utilise the new device, expect to see some obvious titles but for us, it will be the ones that come out of left field that will prove most interesting.
Whether it will have the same game changing impact the original Wii had though has yet to be decided. The Wii U will ship sometime in 2012 and will be backwards compatible with older titles.