E3 2011: What the heck is the Wii U?

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th 2011 at 2:19 a.m.

…And why wasn’t someone fired for the name?  To be honest not many still know what the Wii U (previously codenamed Project Cafe) really is.  However, what we do know is that the Wii U is a brand new 1080p Wii console with a highly innovative controller.  The controller is shown above.

The system really needs to be seen to be understood so you may want to check out the Nintendo Conference repeats to see exactly what this glorified tech demo really can do currently… or what Nintendo suggests developers should use it for.  It allows the player to start playing a game on the TV screen and then say someone else wants to use the TV, so the player can transfer the game to the controller and continue playing.  They can also use the controller in conjunction with the TV in multiple ways.  One example was the Wii U controller had a picture of a golf ball in a sand pit, and it was lying on the floor.  On the screen was a golf course.  When the player swung the Wiimote, it hit the ball out of the Wii U controller and it ended up on the TV.  Neat stuff but still just tech demo material right now. 

No answers in regards to price point (for system AND controller), launch date, battery life/source, and how all this stuff is going to work (such as saving the games and maybe even sending the game back to the TV).  I am skeptical at this point but there were some hardcore games being shown in beautiful 1080p graphics such as Darkstalkers 2, Batman: Arkham City, Ghost Recon Online, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, DIRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro Last Light, Tekken Wii, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razer’s Edge.  Also, can you use 4 of these controllers at once?  And if yes, how much do these things cost (I’m guessing around $100)…

Stay tuned to LGOD for more information when it becomes available…

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