Train2Game E3 news: Nintendo reveal Wii U

Wii U controller

While yesterday the Train2Game blog reported that Microsoft’s E3 presentation seemed to focus on bringing the Xbox 360 to a wider audience, and Sony focused on its core market, Nintendo E3 conference revealed how they want to incorporate both markets with a new console – the Wii U.

As reported by the Train2Game blog in the run up to E3, the new consoles controller does indeed feature a touchscreen control pad, which as demonstrated by Nintendo, will be integrated into many aspects of gaming and other activities.

Will U will be equally satisfying to all. No machine has done that before,” Satoru Iwatatold the E3 audience. “It will offer deeper and wider experiences than any gamer has realised before. It will let everyone see games in a different way and represents a major step toward reaching our goal.”

Nintendo do indeed look to be providing deeper experiences for the core gamer, with the Wii U reportedly supporting the same level of graphical prowless as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And while we’ve yet to see what it looks like, the Wii U is a new console designed to compete with Sony and Microsoft for the core audience with HD graphics.

That isn’t to say Nintendo are abandoning the casual audience picked up via the Nintendo Wii. Far from it in fact, with the new touch screen controller designed for use with much more than just games.

Demos demonstrated how the controller will be usable with functions such as video calls, compatibility with current Wii peripherals and even use of the 6.2 inch screen to play games. Nintendo were keen to point out however that the Wii U isn’t a handheld, and the console needs to be turned on in order to play games through the controller screen.

And the Wii U will have plenty of games, with various Triple-A titles coming to the console, including Batman: Arkham Asylum.  A range of developers including EA and Ubisoft will be bringing titles to the new console – something that may convince Train2Game students that Nintendo really is looking at re-establishing its core audience.

The Wii U is set for release next year with no price confirmed as of yet.

In a further step that may convince Train2Game students that Nintendo is keen to focus on the hardcore, a range of new titles were announced for the 3DS handheld console. Core titles including Mario Kart 3DS, Starfox 3DS, Super Smash Bros and Luigi’s Mansion 2 were all revealed during the presentation.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 conference? What do you think about the Wii U? Will Nintendo once again revolutionise the game industry? And can the newly announced 3DS titles revive the handheld console?

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