Video Games

Wii U: Future of Game Consoles

The Wii U is Nintendo’s newest video game system that is scheduled for release in 2012. Essentially it looks just like the old Wii console and is actually backwards compatible with Wii, being able toplayWiigames(notGameCubegames though) and use Wii remotes to play games. However, what makes the Wii U different from the Wii is the band new controller.

The controller itself looks like a Game Boy Advance with a smidge of DS touch technology. Though the screen is touch activated, the controller uses two joysticks on each side,acontrol pad, X, Y, A, B buttons and home buttons that the Wii remotes have. It also has an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers built into it. This controller allows an extra level to the gaming experience. It gives an extra screen for menu views while playing the traditionally on the TV set. But that isn’t all that the Wii U is capable of.

For instance, the Wii U’s controller allows the player to play it like a Game Boy on the 6.2 inch screen. If you want to watch a television program and play your game, you can (but you might lose a life). Thegameshifts straight to the mini screen on the controller. As long as you stay close to the console, you can use the controller as your display.The controller also allows players to draw and play multiplayer games on the controller itself. The trailer pictured two players playing Go so it may be similar games that will be able to be played on the controller itself.The controller also utilizes motion sensors to play games on the TV. For instance, when playing baseball, you can follow the ball to catch it. It can also be used with the gun controller like a scope.

Players can browse the internet through the controller and display it on TV. This will allow players to share videos from Youtube and even do video chats with friends.

As far as the future though, I think that Nintendo is more or less trying to catch up with Sony and Microsoft. However, Nintendo has always had a strong and loyal fan base, so there’s no doubt that the Wii U will make it on the most wanted list for every child in December 2012. The game line up as it is now features Pikmin 3, Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, DiRT, Tekken, Metro: Last Light, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Lego City Stories, Smash Bros, Raving Rabbids, FIFA and Madden NFL.