The Wii U

The Wii. It was the next addition to the non-handheld Nintendo gaming consoles. It had so many improvements, like being able to access the internet, make Miis, and upload photos and videos to it. Many people thought it couldn’t get any better. Well, they were wrong.

On April 25, 2011, Nintendo made a statement that there would soon be a successor to the Wii. They also said it would probably be released in late 2012. While Nintendo doesn’t know the official date of release, there have been rumors going around that it will be available on November 18th. This isn’t the official release date, though. We won’t know it until Nintendo has a meeting 0n September 13th, where they will talk about the due date and will release that date to the public. Now you’re probably thinking, “What could possibly be better than the Wii?” Well, here are some of the official qualities of the Wii U.

For starters, there are two new types of controllers. One of them, the Pro Controller, is a controller shaped like a Gamecube controller. The other, the Wii U Gamepad, is a controller which has a touch screen on it. Not only will you be able to use this touch screen for playing games, you can even use it when the TV is off.  Also, if you’re a classic person, you can even use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk from the Nintendo Wii. And, like always, you can play Game Cube games on it, although you will need to download them from the Virtual Console service.

Not much else is known about this new console, but more info will be released after Nintendo’s meeting on September 13th. But from what it sounds like, this console is one that is going to be unforgettable.

What else do you think the Wii U will be able to do?

Edit: After Nintendo’s meeting we have learned more about the Wii U, its features, games, and release date.

Features:

The GamePad controller has a 6.2 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. The GamePad also includes motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, and a stylus. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds.

Also, a new addition previously unknown, the Nintendo TVii, enables you to find, watch, and engage with TV shows, movies and sports programming, all from the Wii U GamePad. You can search for programs across Wii U Video Entertainment, TV channels and your own TiVo DVR.

Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Hulu are all developing applications for the Wii U console that take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience.

Just like the Mii Channel, there is a similar and new application for users to create a Mii that they can use to play with in certain games. It’s called the Miiverse, which is a brand-new online gaming community that lets you share experiences, discuss games and discover new content with gamers from around the world. Using your Mii character within Miiverse, you will see games, applications or entertainment content that either you have used recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that your friends are using or discussing. Here, you can also post messages, ask questions, challenge your friends to play a game with you, etc.

Like the Wii Shop Channel, there is a place where you can buy games for your Wii U. It’s called the Nintendo eShop. Like before, you can also access the Internet and go to your favorite websites all on your TV or GamePad.

Probably one of the best additions is the NFC, which stands for Near Field Communications. You can use the GamePad to take a physical object to assist you with your game. The object must be held above the controller for it to work, though.

Last but not least, the Wii U is compatible with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Wii Games, Wii Balance Board, and the Wii Remote Plus, but you can’t play GameCube games on the Wii U anymore. If you want to play them, though, they can be bought from the Nintendo eShop.

Games for the Wii U:

There are already plenty of games available for the Wii U even though it hasn’t come out yet. Games like New Super Mari0 Bros. U, Lego City Undercover, Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U can all be bought when the Wii U comes out.

I didn’t think it could get any more epic, but of course, it did.

You probably already know, but at the end of each post, I put a question up. This time, I’m going to put two up. You can answer one or the other, or both if you’d like.

1. Are you going to get the Wii U? If so, what game will you get first?

2. If you could create any game for the Wii U, what would it be?

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