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New Wii-Design!

17 Aug

Appears Nintendo want to squeeze every last penny from the Wii before next years release of the Nintendo Wii U but does this redesign also spell doubts about most of us getting the Wii U well before the end of next year?

Regardless this version is a slimmed down and actually not backward compatible version on that it will not work with previous Gamecube accessories etc as does the existing Wii design.  This version also sits horizontally.  It will be out for Christmas which coincides with the also exciting news that the new Zelda Skyward Sword game will be released on November 18th.

There will also be a number of new bundles of the new design version.

MB

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Nintendo Wii U May Be More Powerful Than The Best

14 Jun

Kotaku are reporting that the Nintendo Wii U may actually be pretty powerful, more so than the Xbox 360 and PS3.  And this is coming from developers who are working on new games for the console.  This may therefore be much more reliable than the usual random sources.  Check out the article to read more.

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Ghost Recon Online Trailer For The Wii U

13 Jun

A Ghost Recon Trailer has appeared on the web for the Wii U. See the You Tube release above.  Looks pretty cool, apart from the acting!

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Nintendo Chief Say They Could Have Done Better Announcing Wii U

10 Jun

My Nintendo News has reported that the Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confessed that he believes the company could have done better in their announcement of the Wii U.  The main problem according to the source is that they spent too much time concentrating upon the controller.  This left the watching world bemused and confused.

“Because we put so much emphasis on the controller, there appeared to be some misunderstandings,” he said. “We should have made more effort to explain how it works.”

“We haven’t made any kind of blunder, but I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller,” he continued. “The console is not drastically different, and Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible.”

Iwata said that the press was also to blame, noting that it’s not possible to see how important the Wii U console is unless you’ve actually given it a try.

“There have been two groups of people writing about our announcement – those who have been able to experience the Wii U, and those who have not, and are simply writing about it from wire stories and pictures,” he mused.

“They cannot see how this can be a game changer. It reminds me of 2006, when we introduced the Wii for the first time. Here in LA, people enjoyed it, but in Japan, the atmosphere was very different. It seems to be the same this year.”

“What Wii U will offer is very different, but I believe we have the strong potential to change the entire format of videogames and of entertainment.”

– Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata

Lets us know how your received the news at E3.  We thought it all looked pretty great but be good to hear from you.

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Hands On With Wii U

10 Jun

Kotaku have posted a hands on video with the Wii U.  Check it out below.

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Mario Kart 3DS E3 Trailer

8 Jun

As always, when Nintendo release Mario Kart for a console or handheld, I have to have it, check out the trailer below and see why!  Check out the hand gliders!

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Wii U Brief Spec List?

8 Jun

There has been next to nothing in terms of specs but various sources from E3 have claimed a spec list showing the following;

The full spec list from Nintendo is as follows:

Launches: 2012

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.

New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.

Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.

Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.

Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.

Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.

CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.

Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

So a little more detail than before but not much.  There are also tweets that the new controller will not be multi touch and only a single touch screen.

Still can’t wait!

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