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Nintendo’s Next Generation Console Revealed, World’s First Wii U Image [Update]

June 7, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

Here’s what the PS3 will have to compete with in 2012 and beyond:

Since the beginning of the year, rumors have been flying around like crazy about Nintendo’s Wii successor. With speculation reaching a fever pitch, the Japanese console manufacturer announced that they would be revealing the device at E3, and now, during their conference they have.

Supposed leaks claimed that the new console would have a controller with a screen on it, be more powerful than the PS3 and even have Blu-ray support. Satoru Iwata initially took to the stage and revealed that “Project Cafe” was real.

Iwata talked about achieving a platform for both casual and core gamers, providing “deeper experiences and wider appeal to gamers, wider than even Wii”.

Reggie Fils-Aime then took to the stage and announced Wii U. Just like the rumors, the device has a controller with a 6.2″ touch screen on it.

Core titles will be coming to the console, all shown with PS3 level graphics. The games shown were:

  • Arkham City
  • Darksiders 2
  • Tekken
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Dirt
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Aliens Colonial Marines

*Update* After their conference, Nintendo revealed a spec list:

Release: 2012

Height of about a width of about 46mm × 172mm × Depth 268.5mm (excluding protrusions)

The new controller is 6.2 inches, 16:9 button controller that combines what is familiar and the touch screen, slide the two pads is attached.

This rechargeable controller power button, HOME button, arrow pad, A / B / X / Y Buttons, L / R buttons, ZL / ZR is attached to the button. In addition, accelerometers, gyroscopes, vibration function, camera, microphone, speakers, sensor unit is equipped with a stylus.

Wii Remote (or Wii Remote +) can simultaneously connect up to 4. Classic Controller and Nunchuk, Classic Controller PRO, and Wii Balance Board, or any input device that corresponds to the Wii controller.

New hardware for high-density optical and 12cm, Wii can play for a 12cm self-loading optical disc (disc type will automatically draw) with a single drive.

1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i compatible. HDMI, Component, D terminal, S-terminal, corresponding to each of the composite cable.

AV Multi-output and output from the HDMI output terminal supports 6CH PCM linear.

In addition to the internal flash memory, SD memory card or external USB can be extended by using the hard drive capacity.

Multicore-based IBM Power ®

4 USB 2.0 has a single pin.

The new hardware backwards compatible Wii games.

Nintendo will be the first to venture into the next generation – something that gave Microsoft a crucial leg up on the PlayStation 3 this console cycle. Should Sony release the PlayStation 4 soon? Or should they stick to their 10 year plan?

Let us know in the comments below.