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After months of speculation, Nintendo unveiled the latest installment of their popular Wii video game console at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7. This pocket-sized gaming gizmo is slated to hit the market later this year. Until then, we give you a low-down of everything that makes Wii U unique--and quite possibly, revolutionary!
The hardware includes a Wii U console and Wii U Gamepad; a handheld controller with a touch-screen and two analog sticks with one D-pad. It also has a front facing camera, microphone and speaker, and is bluetooth compatible. Nintendo is also releasing a Wii U Controller Pro, which crudely resembles Microsoft's standard controller.
The console is rumored to be as powerful as the upcoming PS4 and Xbox 720. This'll make it a worthy contender amongst the other titans.
The highs are that a Wii U can be used as a stand-alone gaming device without the use of a television set. And with the television, the Gamepad can be used as a secondary screen displaying maps, quest synopsis, weapons, player stats, inventory, etc. Not just that, the Gamepad will take the multi-screen gameplay to a whole new level by incorporating a better co-ordinative gameplay as opposed to it's predecessor.
The lows are pretty obvious, the sheer size of the Gamepad will refrain a player to use the touch-screen to it's full potential. The console may not be capable of playing DVDs, which is a let down. Also, motion sensing--a signature attribute of Nintendo--might not be used as extensively as it's predecessor.
Wii U will incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC), which allows it to communicate with other Nintendo NFC devices and share information by touch--a worthy feature for the Gamepad. Also, a memory card slot and USB ports will add to it's content compatibility. Video streaming from Youtube, Netflix, etc is an added bonus. Another biggie in Nintendo's kit is a player-based network called the Miiverse, which will allow players to share content, wins, compete with each other, etc. This is similar to Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network.
An array of Wii U specific games will be available in the market. Having said that, Wii U is compatible with most of Wii games, and their respective accessories as well. However, GameCube disks or accessories wont share the same fate. Albeit, few of the GameCube titles will be available as Virtual Console games on eShop.
The Wii U seems a worthy competitor for the next wave of consoles on offer by Nintendo's adversaries, and will be a perfect addition to the already successful Wii family. This console is worth looking forward to, and one worth spending hours on!
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