Nintendo Wii U extends screen, stops short of mobile gaming

Wii U offers a touchscreen, button controls, a camera and other features

Nintendo promised to offer gamers more content and new kinds of interaction with the introduction of Wii U, a handheld gaming device that pairs with the Wii game console.

"Up until now home console games had to occupy the TV screen to be played," said Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata during the company's E3 press conference. "But the new controller for Wii U with a 6.2-inch screen built in means you won't need to give up your game play when someone else enters the room."

The device is still in its prototype stage and won't launch until 2012, but the company was eager to show off its capabilities.

In one demonstration a user switched a television display from Wii content to a baseball game and the other person continued playing the Wii game on the Wii U.

In a golf game a user placed the Wii U on the ground and the golf ball appeared in its display. As he swung the Wii remote the ball moved off the Wii U's screen as if it were actually hit.

The device has a 6.2-inch touchscreen, button controls, an accelerometer, camera, microphone and other features. It is backward compatible with all Wii hardware.

Nintendo made clear that the gaming device can't operate on its own, but always has to be paired with a Wii game console.

E3 runs until June 9.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.

Tags game softwareNintendoGame platformsgaming peripheralsgames

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nick Barber

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?