Nintendo kicks off E3 week with a “Pre E3” video.
It starts off with Iwata talking about Nintendo’s motto “Doku So” Creating something Unique.
Then goes on to state that the original concept behind the Wii was to help bring people together in gaming instead of the “Alone Together” feeling that technology today seems to create. The entire basis of the Wii U is to improve on what they started with the Wii.
The official name of the new controller is the Wii U Gamepad. Overall the changes made between the gamepad and the prototype shown at last years E3 are making the gamepad more comfortable to use for extended periods. Changing the joysticks into pressable Analog Sticks and making the gamepad capable of being a fully functional remote control for the tv.
The screen also obviously will interact with the Wii U for a more dynamic game play adding new levels of interactivity. As well as allowing the player to play from anywhere in the room with or without the tv just as long as they are in the same room as the Wii U. Iwata also touched on the fact that all former wii controllers will work with the Wii U and that they are releasing what looks like now a 360 controller as well for better extended game play.
He then got into the player to player interaction, showing a video that shows a social network of sorts sharing hints and tips between players and also video conferencing. Introducing the Mii Wara Wara which he said roughly translated is the noise a large crowd makes together. This is the new tv menu for the wii u. Showing what people in your country are playing. Showing your Mii, friends Mii’s, Mii’s on the console and Country wide on your console. The gamepad will show an updated version of the Will menu. All the Wii u games will interact with the Mii verse allowing anytime competitiveness via the comments and connection the verse makes. A mobile interaction app is in the works for pc, 3ds and mobile devices.
Overall, the Wii U is advancement in what they wanted the wii to do. Solving the problem of alone together or as they call it “Together Better”.
Now that that’s said, Nintendo and i have had a 23 year history. My dad introduced me to them at a young age and we played many a game. It wasn’t until the Wii had been out for a while that i began to lose faith in them. This is sucking me back in. I am excited to see what further interaction Nintendo will show us in their presentation on the main stage at E3.
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