At the E3 Expo yesterday, Nintendo finally made the biggest announcement since they announced six years ago that they were releasing a new sequel to the Nintendo Gamecube called the Wii. The new Wii is called the Wii U, and it’s going to look like this:
It looks a lot like the Wii, right? Happily, a lot will stay the same. The new Wii will be fully backwards compatible with all your current Wii games, as well as all your peripherals, from your Balance Board to your MotionPlus controllers.
There are differences of course. One is that the Wii will finally have HD output, meaning you will be able to play high definition games that are on par with the graphics on the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360.
The biggest innovation is going to be the introduction of a brand new kind of controller.
The new controller is 16.2″ x 6.2″. Aside from being a controller with buttons you can use to play games, the new controller contains a microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, rumble, camera, and stylus. It also has a touch-screen LCD display you can use to play games if the TV is taken, or which in some games will serve as a second display.
The burning question for us on Nutwiisystem, of course, is whether Nintendo will continue to improve its motion controls. Microsoft now has a number of impressive Xbox Fitness games, and even Sony has a few games which can be used for PS3 Fitness. Question is, as the Wii U innovate new things like the tablet controller, will it continue to innovate the Wii Remote to make it more precise and accurate? Hopefully we’ll know in the coming months.
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