So that’s it – we have a date now. Nintendo’s Wii U next-generation console is going to be launched this year long before the holiday season buyers even start to think about their Christmas budgets, and the console is going to be on a lot of wishlists.
But yeah, the confirmed date is only for Japan.
If you’re unfamiliar with the name, the Wii U is Nintendo’s NBT (Next Big Thing) in games. If you’re unfamiliar with Nintendo, well then…I’m sorry, there’s no hope for you. The company is monolithic in the games industry, and is by an large the one most people look to for trends in games and how we interact with them. The original Wii brought us the two wireless handheld controllers with accessories and allowed players to bring themselves far further into the game world than originally thought possible.
Using the remotes, players could control their on-screen character’s movements, going so far in the launch title Red Steel that expert swordsmen could actually pull off some of their masterstrokes inside the game world. Sports games, racing titles and even platformers all enjoyed some new way if interacting with the game, pushing the Wii above competitors such as the Playstation Eye, and later as equal to the Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move.[youtube]owmU6KwWJgk[/youtube]
We already had a early look at the Wii U around E3 when the console made a splash all around the internet, and various hands-on reviews by other tech sites have praised the new touch screen controller, the ergonomics and hugely impressive platform and integrated technology. When it hits the Asian market, Nintendo fans are sure to be picking up the confirmed launch titles which include Mario Brothers, Assassin’s Creed III, The Legend of Zelda and many, many more.
Hell, if there’s a Pokemon game, I might actually consider buying one for myself!