Tag Archives: Wii

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 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.

MB

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!

MB

Nintendo Wii U

8 Jun

E3 has certainly been a cracker so far but we already knew that Nintendo would be detailing their new console and here it is.  The Nintendo Wii U has one massive attraction, that controller, see the video below;

So what do we know aside from the video.  The new Wii U controller features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, microphone, accelerometers, gyroscope, thumbpads, D-pad and shoulder buttons.

Details over the console itself are light and the design shown in pictures so far may actually be a prototype.  All the focus today was really on the controller and you can tell why when you watch the above video.

Let us know your thoughts.

MB

 

Will the new Nintendo Wii HD (Project Cafe) get Wii sales back on track?

18 May

There are varying views about the Wii at the moment. Sales have declined against Xbox 360 and Playstation but and many people now looking at the Wii see an occasional game system or party game system.

I have a lot of time for the Wii, I never fail to enjoy playing games on the Wii but it is lacking in HD and good sound quality.

So Project Cafe was outed a few weeks ago and word is that the new Wii HD will break cover at Junes E3 event.

But with Kinect and Sony Play now firmly set in peoples living rooms and bedrooms, will the Wii HD bring what it needs to compete.

Time will tell and the video (albeit nobody seems sure if it is genuine) that has broken on You Tube this morning brings some interesting thoughts.

But all I would say at this stage is that if you love the Wii, you probably have pedigree behind you and enjoyed the N64 and the SNES behind that. Nintendo don’t do bad game systems and while the Xbox and Playstation are going to b difficult to beat as an all round entertainment experience (ones which are constantly being developed and expanded), the Wii HD will be great for Gaming. And it’s here that the system will need to keep to it’s roots and where likely it will be a massive hit.

MB