The way friends and family get together to play games is about to be revolutionized once more, with the Wii U Console. Six years ago, the original Nintendo Wii introduced a whole new way to play with others and now, Wii U is about to go one better.
One of the most impressive features of this unique new gaming platform has to be the Wii U GamePad controller. Designed to break down the barriers of the traditional player, console, TV setup, the controller has its own 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen – offering a second window into the video game world. A directional pad, analog sticks, motion control and action, trigger and shoulder buttons will give you everything you need to play your favorite Nintendo titles. However, with a front-facing camera, integrated microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, sensor bar, stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC), there really is so much more to discover.
Your Wii U GamePad will also let you take control of all kinds of in-game elements, whether it’s access to your personal inventory, long range views of your opponents or teeing up a shot on the golf course. But that’s not all. The peripheral also acts as a Social Window to communicate with other Wii U users, browse the web and share the things you find on your main TV screen. With some titles, you can even use Wii U Panorama View to take in a 360 degree view of the world that goes way beyond what you can see on your television. If you don’t have access to the TV but want to carry on playing, you can even use the controller for a little private gaming, so there is no need for anyone to battle for the living room screen!
But while the unique Wii U GamePad allows everyone to enjoy the best of what this Nintendo Console has to offer, there is also support for the existing things that made Nintendo Wii such a home entertainment revolution. This includes the Wii Remote, Nunchucks and Balance Board, as well as the Mii digital avatars used to explore the wider world of Nintendo. You can now use your Mii to communicate with other gamers for a little extra help when you’re in a tough spot, either through instant messaging or video chat, or visit the Miiverse to meet and connect with people from all over the world and see what other games people are enjoying and chatting about.
Of course, a new console launch of this kind would be nothing without a solid software line-up, so gamers will be happy to hear that a whole host of Wii U Games will be released to support the Wii U system. These include New Super Mario Bros Wii U, Just Dance 4, LEGO City: Undercover, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, ZombiU, Mass Effect 3, Assassin’s Creed III, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Aliens Colonial Marines, Darksiders II, TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2, Wii Fit U, SiNG, and Rayman Legends to name just a few.