Nintendo shows off new Wii U at CES

By Leeky
Jan 11, 2012
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  1. Nintendo of America is giving attendees at this year’s Consumer Electronics show some hands on time with their new gaming console, the Nintendo Wii U. The new console was first…

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  2. tehbanz

    tehbanz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    I'm going to buy it to add to my collection, but probably not play it very often. but it will probably be the one that gets the most play-time because Nintendo has a way with 4-player games.
  3. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 186

    I seem to remember reading that it will be 4 times more powerful than the PS3, but was that just rumor? I know the official statement is that it surpasses both the PS3 and Xbox360, but has any definite word been given on how much more powerful it will be exactly?
  4. It seems like a radon HD 4770 is indeed 4x more powerful than the Geforce 7900GT of the PS3
  5. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 202   +11

    If they can make this thing connect to the internet for online play, it would be awesome. Im sure they will make alot of money on sales.
  6. Nah this will fail. Their only major customer target will be kids. This thing failed in japan.
  7. "This thing failed in japan."

    What? Wii U hasn't launched yet, anywhere in the world. Wii was also for kids and it too "failed", only sold almost 2x as many units as 360 and PS3, combined.

    Nintendo just needs to expand the audience for its games and release COD, Gears of War and Forza motorsports style games with way better graphics than 360 and PS3. If they have same mature cross-platform games and some hardcore exclusives, along with their ultimate 1st party games (Mario, Zelda, Metroit) then it'll be the ultimate system. If that happens, it's game over for Sony and MS. So all the Nintendo haters, you better pray that Nintendo doesn't have mature games with Wii U because if it does, then the main competitive advantage of PS4 and Xbox720 will all but evaporate, leaving the 3 consoles to compete on 1st party titles only.

    In the begining of a console generation, it's all about the price anyway. If Wii U is $399 without killer games, then obviously it won't sell well. Let's wait and see.
  8. tehbanz

    tehbanz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    @ Guest i think nintendo is going to do away with the extreme price tags , especially after what happened to 3ds. Although each controller for the wii u will be around $60 im sure.
  9. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 186

    That's not even close to correct... the Xbox360 failed in Japan, the Wii flourished.
  10. Anyone who doubts this will be a failure is an *****..no doubt Nintendo has made some bad decisions in the past....but really ...how can it fail?Nintendo has always took the risk to be different.A touch screen controller is brilliant..navigating menus and weapon swapping on the fly....i see nothing but possibility.It is also going to have the power to carry all the major multi platformers like COD,Battlefield,GTA,resident Evil,Sky Rim, computer strategy like Starcraft ,Warcraft.If you dont believe it ...then dont buy it and wish you did later.
  11. This article doesn't give any more information than could be found searching the internet during Nintendo's E3 conference last June. Nintendo's 3DS has sold well at over 4 million units worldwide as of December. Since we are going on rumors, the console should support at least two tablets. While most games will probably only require one for multiplayer to make the console not price inhibitive to most players. The Wii U is also supposed to support native 1080p, meaning that is the standard for all games. Currently the PS3 and Xbox 720 are only native 720p with some games supporting 1080i or 1080p. While Microsoft could be releasing a new console next year and Sony the year after, this is something to look forward to for any Nintendo franchise fans. It will also be interesting to see what cool games third party developers create for it. I for one will be picking one up at launch.
     
  12. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    This is just an HD-Wii with support for a new controller. Flop
  13. "While the older versions are tracked by a sensor bar plugged into the unit"

    This is incorrect... The current Wii DOES have a "sensor" bar, but the bar does not do any "tracking."

    The bar simply emits Infrared light from two small L.E.Ds contained inside. The Wiimote has a "camera" that sees this light, this information is sent to the console to be translated into where on the television the Wiimote is pointed.
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,489   +302

    Is it me, or is the battery going to be crap?

    I also heard reports that you can only use one "wii U" controller with a Wii U but no more due to wireless issues?

    I dunno, Nintendo have always done the "different" thing, which i'm not a fan of anyway, the last console was a gimmick no doubt, everyone i know who had one either sold it or it gathered dust most the year, but this looks like an... well i don't really know? Just feels like its going to be a steaming pile of turd? I guess as always, we'll find out soon enough...


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