Nintendo’s Wii U Opens The Door For A New Kind of Gaming

July 1, 2011

3:51 pm

When the Nintendo Wii was first introduced back in 2006, it introduced a brand new style of gaming that required the player to actually be active. While this style was contradictory to what traditional gaming has been, millions of people adopted it and the Wii became a huge success because it was able to appeal to a wider audience than its competitors, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Even though the Wii was able to reach such a wide audience of “casual” gamers, it was still unable to attract the “hardcore” gamers that are loyal to the other consoles. Nintendo looks to bridge the gap between audiences with its newest Wii advancement, the Wii U.

The Wii U is Nintendo’s next generation console, and it was unveiled early last month at the E3 convention in Los Angeles. Wii U has built off of everything the Wii introduced and has some serious potential. The console itself has been redesigned, but the real difference is the new controller. Wii U’s new controller is essentially a system in itself and has a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that can act as command central for the game you’re playing on the big screen or display your game on its own screen. It has traditional trigger buttons and joystick controls and the exact same home buttons as the Nintendo 3DS, which we covered here. This new controller is basically an extra screen for whatever game you may be playing, which opens the door for developers to create all kinds of new innovative game ideas.

In case you’re not ready to adopt the new controller for Wii U, you’ll be happy to know that it supports all Wii controllers and input devices and can still connect four at once. If you remember, the Wii was not HDTV compatible. This is another aspect that the Wii U has improved upon, and it can now support up to 1080p. Imagine how awesome that new Zelda game will look! And don’t worry about all your old Wii games because Wii U is backwards compatible with all Wii games and accessories.

I’m not going to lie–I never had a Wii and was always more of a Playstation guy, but the Wii U has seriously caught my eye, and I just might have to get one. Perhaps I’ll see you in line later this year?
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Henry Sams is a Tech Cocktail intern, college student, and Washington, D.C. metro native who has a passion for new technology and marketing through social media. He has always been interested in new tech innovations, start-ups, and gadgets and would like to create a start-up of his own some day.

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