The excitement over Nintendo’s Wii has been fading for a long time. This is not just because it was introduced almost six years ago, but also because many consider XBox’s Kinect and PlayStation’s Move to be much better.
But this week Nintendo announced the Wii U, the Wii’s successor. The console will be available next year at an undisclosed price. It will feature a faster processor, HD graphics, and is backwards compatible with all Wii games. While it will not try to revolutionize motion technology like Sony and Microsoft did, it takes inspiration from tablets. Its most unique feature is its tablet-like controller, which receives information streamed to and from the console itself. The console itself does all the processing and dual video output.
This screen will not only work to control what’s going on with the main interface on the TV, but can also stand alone as a gaming device. You can stream and play games on the controller (which still uses motion control) without having the TV on with certain games.
Nintendo announced that it will release several iconic games with the Wii U, including Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and a new Pikmin game. There will also be a Zelda game in time for the franchise’s 25th anniversary.