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AI: Wii U?

The next Nintendo Console has been announced and it’s promising all sorts of crazy including media sharing capabilities and built in art tablet capacity.

Is the new Wii U opening doors for creative opportunity in game and media development or is it going to stay in the same niche that the Wii currently fills? Where could the new technology take the medium?

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  1. June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’m one confused lady. I’ve yet to try out the Wii U, but from it’s promotion it seems that you’re essentially using a cross between a Nintendo DS and an iPad instead of a Wiimote, and it sure looks uncomfortable to use as a standard controller. I’m undecided whether to even class this as a console at all. They could have just advertised this as a new controller, much like the Wii fit board. Hmmm… I best get myself down to a demo to try this baby out.

  2. June 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The Wii U isn’t going to be out until next year. What we’re seeing is the demo material from E3.

    There are significant tech upgrades as well as the crazy new controller, but what I’m curious about is whether they’re going to be able to make good use of the controller.

    Will a whole new way of playing and interacting come out of it or will it just be a gimmick?

  3. June 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I’m with you, Lauren. It seemed the trend was going towards ‘less’ controller, not more, and here’s this handheld monstrosity.

    But I won’t knock it just yet. Although I will say that I’d be surprised if these things are cheaper than the console that they come with!

  4. June 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I sense a knee jerk reaction to the iPad craze on Nintendo’s part.

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