Wii U: A New Console for Nintendo

Nintendo unveiled its new console, Wii U, at the E3 Expo. The Wii U console includes a controller with a 6.2–inch screen, creating an entirely new video gaming experience.

Some of the controller’s features include an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone, and speakers. By adding these features to the controller’s classic buttons, the console can appeal to both casual and dedicated video game players.

The Wii U controller creates a more fluid gaming experience for single-player games by displaying information on its screen that does not appear on the TV screen. Information and viewpoints can change according to the position of the console’s gyroscope. For multiplayer games, the player using the console will have a different viewpoint then those players looking at the TV screen; this can lead to  a number of competitive and cooperative opportunities.

Wii U also has the ability to support full HD graphics. The console will be  can be used with up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward-compatible, meaning it can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. Development plans are underway for new games, designed  specifically for the Wii U.

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Jill Feigelman

Jill Feigelman

Summer 2011 intern for The Toy Book/Specialty Toys & Gifts