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184w ago - Today Nintendo held their [Register or Login to view links] Press Conference and unveiled the upcoming Nintendo Wii U (Project Cafe) console alongside Wii U pictures, launch game details and video footage.

The Wii U controller includes everything from motion sensing to analogue sticks and a touch screen. Wii U will allow gamers to play either on their TV screen, on the controller.. or both.

According to the [Register or Login to view links], confirmed Wii U titles include Assassin's Creed, Tekken, DIRT, Darksiders II, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Metro: Last Night, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and Batman.

To quote: Discover an exciting new way to enjoy home entertainment with Wii U, Nintendo's next home console. With a revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics, a whole new world of play styles and gaming possibilities is on the horizon. The time is coming to truly expand your idea about what a game console is—and can be.

Wii U Specifications:

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 ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM 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.

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#15 - severusx - 184w ago
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Exactly. It will be a DL DVD type disc. Part of what made the Wii successful was the fact that it always cost less than the competing consoles. Early on it wouldn't even play DVD movies and people didn't care. Adding BD playback capabilities will increase the cost of the console substantially. Casual gamers aren't looking for an all encompassing console like the PS3, they just want to play waggle games with friends using an innovative tech.

#14 - barrybarryk - 184w ago
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Yeah but if you're going to use proprietary discs for games there's no point in paying the license fees for either for the console. It's still early days but unless they announce it plays blu ray movies at some point I'm 99% sure it'll be a DVD drive. It might be a HD console and all that but Nintendo are cheapskates when it comes to shelling out for other folks licenses

#13 - GrandpaHomer - 184w ago
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Well both BD and HD-DVD can indeed read DVDs so there is no problem ...

#12 - barrybarryk - 184w ago
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HDDVD lol no chance, it'll be very similar to what the XBOX360 uses (But not HDDVD) I'd be surprised if it's any different from dual layer DVD's since it has to maintain backwards compatibility.

I think it's definitely a great idea though, any press members that have used it have said it's not as big as it looks and is really comfortable to hold. I loved the silent scope style zapper demo they showed though and obviously HD Zelda. But storage space could be an issue and the online offering needs to change dramatically

#11 - Kraken - 184w ago
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Check out the controller trailer: it made me think that Nintendo might be on to something.

As for the "proprietary" high density media disc, anyone else think it might be HDDVD based? Think about it: a high density already existing format that is dirt cheap to license and readers have otherwise not been made for years (to prevent people from ripping).


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