Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, was officially revealed at E3 earlier this month to a mostly warm reception. It brings with it things we expected, like better hardware, and a few surprises, particularly its unique controller. The Wii U is Nintendo’s next console is also a big step toward giving third party developers, like Valve Software, more options with their console. So far the list of third party companies interested in the console is pretty impressive, including big names like Ubisoft, EA, and Activision. So what about Valve?
The team that brought us the critically acclaimed Portal, Left 4 Dead and Half-Life series definitely has their interest piqued. Valve’s managing director, Gabe Newell, had positive things to say about Nintendo’s next console, saying “It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model.” Could this mean the cooperative zombie series Left 4 Dead might make its way to the Wii U? If anything, the chances are better now than they were on the Wii. READ MORE
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn’t so much about big surprises as it was about things we expected. That’s not to say E3 wasn’t excited, it brought us a ton of geeky kickassery to keep most of us excited until next June, but almost all of the major reveals were things we knew were coming many moons ago (see: Wii U).
With that said, TJ and I have once again joined forces to bring you the ultimate list, filled with our twenty favorite reveals from the second nerdiest expo (beaten only by Comic Con) of the year. We’ve done practically all of the work so the only thing you have to do is take your big, beautiful eyes and slap ‘em on the following words. It’s just that easy. READ MORE
Killer Freaks From Outer Space was announced this lovely E3 exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U. The basic plot of the game is that killer freaks from outer space have taken over the planet, and you are one of the last survivors. So you go around killing those freaks. Simple, I like it. Check out the awesome trailer below.
KILLER FREAKS FROM OUTER SPACE – NINTENDO Wii U – Trailer 2012 from Jean-Frederic Chaleyat on Vimeo.
“When we realized the potential of what Nintendo was offering by creating a tactile controller, we were off and running immediately,” said Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft’s France studios. “Having that extra screen in the hand of the player allows us boundless innovation that ultimately gives the player a more beautiful game, a faster game interface, a personalized game experience, and so much more.” READ MORE
Did you hear? Nintendo’s next console has been unveiled and it’s capable of some pretty cool things. Sure, it looks like a Wii with rounded edges and its controller doesn’t look like the most confortable thing you could hold for hours on end – if you’re focusing on those things than you’re missing the point. The Wii U is Nintendo’s attempt at satisfying us, the hardcore market, and with the lineup of games the system has for it so far (more on that later), it looks like they might be on the right path to capturing the hearts of people who aren’t soccer moms, retired or can’t legally drive.
We’ve covered some of the important features and the many ways you can play it, but there’s still plenty we haven’t discussed. I’m talking about the games you can expect on the console and the specs, or at least the ones Nintendo has revealed so far. Head past the break to get in the know. READ MORE
Earlier this morning Nintendo’s followup to their hugely successful Wii was unveiled with the monicker Wii U and it’s pretty exciting. Arguably the most innovative thing about it is its controller, which is great if you have to share a television since it allows you to continue playing on the controller’s screen should you have to give up the TV. Oh, and it’s backwards compatible with the Wii’s games as well as its peripherals, so that’s pretty great too.
One thing we didn’t touch on when covering the console’s reveal was the myriad of ways to play the Wii U. If you head past the break you can find all of the ways you’ll be able to experience your games (I’ll give you a hint: there’s more than six ways) when it violently breaks down retail shelves sometime next year. READ MORE
Nintendo’s E3 press conference just wrapped up and it ended with a bang: the reveal of their next console, the Wii U, and specifically its controller. It confirms the rumors that their next console had a controller with a massive (6.2″) touchscreen on it, as you can see below. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata said Nintendo’s goal is to appeal to both the casual and hardcore markets, “The goal of innovation is to serve every player, then though each brings to video games an individual appetite, a personal passion and a distinct gaming history.” Nintendo is definitely trying to address the concerns of core gamers, a majority of which never warmed up to the family-friendly Wii console.
The Wii U’s controller might not be the most attractive thing on the market, but its large touchscreen, twin analog sticks, a front-facing camera, and gyroscope are still easier for my mind to wrap itself around then that Wiimote, which after years of using controllers for the PlayStation and Xbox, it just never felt quite right. The rumors that you could take the Wii U controller on the go, making it a portable gaming device, were squashed. However, if someone wants to use the TV you can switch the screen to the one on the controller and continue your gaming uninterrupted. Head past the break for some of the console’s announced games, a look at the console itself, and when we can expect this exciting new device. READ MORE