That Certainly is Unique

June 3rd, 2012 -

Iwata gives a presentation about the Wii U, “uniqe” being one of his favorite words. So what exactly is unique about the system, and why should you care?

The Wii U is going to the do the opposite of what most technology does, which separates people (a picture was shown of a family in a room together, but each person on a different piece of tech, not paying attention to one another). The Wii U Gamepad (original name, right?) has been developed a bit more from when we last saw it – the analog sticks look to work like current gen controllers, with the addition of clicking like a PS3’s L3 or R3 inputs. The back of it was made to be more comfortable, and the face buttons have been moved inward so they are not directly underneath the analog sticks. It also has an NFC Reader/Writer on the left side of the screen, which works similar to the Skylanders tech, but will work with more than just figures – cards will work too. The Gamepad also works as a TV remote controller without the Wii U console on. The touchscreen works with both a stylus as well as fingers. It also contains motion and gyro sensors. With a screen on the controller, sitting in front of the television is unnecessary, as you can play the games on the controller instead – it just won’t utilize the two screen features (i.e. hitting a golfball off the Wii U Gamepad which is laying on the ground, as you watch it go sailing on the television). The Wii U will also utilize previous controllers, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Wii Balance Board. The Wii U Pro Controller (360 controller) will also be introduced, as it is lighter and easier to handle than the Wii U Gamepad.

Not only is the Wii U better for local gameplay, but it now has online play that doesn’t suck donkey balls. A rather overdone but nonetheless funny commercial shows off that you can go onto message boards while playing the game to ask for help, sort of like in Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls (though that was in the game itself, where as this is accessible in any game) – you can also make video calls to the people that post on the boards if you need further help. “Just call me Grandpa” “That makes me uncomfortable.” Now, when you turn on your Wii U, the menu will appear with many different Miis congregating and talking – these are comprised of your accounts, friends, and people that are playing the same games as you. This is the Miiverse. The games shown on the television/Wii U Gamepad (depending on which you choose it to be on) shows the games being played the most around the world, even if you don’t own the games. You can now take screen shots of what you’re playing and upload it, and you can also introduce your content to someone else’s Wii U. The Miiverse does not require the use of the television – it’s prefered to use the Gamepad. Miiverse connects you to others regardless of the game being made for online or not. Not only will Miiverse be accesible on your Wii U, but also the 3DS, computer, or any mobile device (though not at launch). The Wii U: “Together, Better.”

So there it is, some of the Wii U tech prior to the E3 presentation. More will be introduced on Tuesday (including new video game experiences), in addition to lots of 3DS news.

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