Hey guys!  Been a while since I posted a new post on ZU and I decided to post a big one!  Watching the E3 conference today, I am here to help on the overload of new information coming from Nintendo.  Of course, the biggest news is the revelation of Project Cafe.  With all the rumors been floating around the net in the past months, one of them was actually very close to truth.  Which one was it?

The new console for Nintendo, which has been confirmed for a release next year, is now called the Wii U.  As Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, stated during the conference: It is a combination of the idea of We playing and You playing.

But the biggest revelation of the console wasn’t the console itself, but the controller.  Back in 2005, Nintendo broke ground and changed the controller idea with the Wii Remote, a controller that looked like a remote controller.  Well, they are at it again with the Wii U controller, which (as rumors predicted) has a touch screen on it!  It will be fully integrated with your experience on the TV.

The first thing the controller was shown to do was take a game playing on your TV and transfer onto the controller screen.  This means that if someone comes into the room and wants to watch a TV show, you don’t have to stop playing.  You can take the game with you onto the screen.

Other things the controller was shown to do during the segment was showcased during some Wii Sports demos.  Wii Baseball has been upgraded to allow the user to use the controller to show where the pitch will be thrown as well as being able to actually catch a popup.  This will definitely be useful in future sports games on the console as well as games that require a FPS element.

The controller also showcased a feature similar to face time on the iPhone.  You can use the controllers forward facing camera and screen to make video calls with friends.  You can also find videos and pictures on your controller and fling them over to the TV screen to share with friends.

To showcase the new controller, they showed off some demos of games that may or may not be released, similar to the Wii Sports on the Wii.  Chase Mii and Battle Mii, two games that use both the Wii Remotes and the new controller.  Chase Mii is a basic hide and seek kind of game.  One player, using the new controller, hides from the four other players.  The player on the new controller has access to the map of the world, including the locations of all four players.  The four players only have access to the TV screen and what’s on their square to try and find the player hiding.  Definitely an interesting experience.  Battle Mii is a shooting/flying type game similar to Chase Mii.

I am not going to list all the games that were announced for the new console, but there were three that definitely stuck out are a new Super Smash Bros that will connect for the 3DS and the Wii U!  No screens or other things were announced, but the fact that they are working on it was confirmed.  The others were Ninja Gaiden 3 and Batman: Arkham City.  Why is this significant?  Because the Wii U will feature HD Graphics!  That’s right, we are finally getting a Nintendo console with HD compatible graphics.  While they didn’t go into detail, EA and Nintendo are teaming up to hopefully create a better online experience on a Nintendo console!  Hopefully, we finally get something similar to the Xbox Live or PSN instead of the Friend Codes we all know and hate.

In terms of Zelda, Nintendo showcased how the controller can be used in terms of Zelda and the item screen.  You can play the game on the screen and have the item screen on your controller.  No more pulling up the screen on the TV, you will have it in the palm of your hand at all times.  They showed it off with a demo of a Zelda game that looks similar to Twilight Princess.

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  • serena_1995

    awesome!

  • Rauru

    FIRST LOLZORZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • windfish

    Who cares, give us info about the Zelda news! So pissed right now, nintendos E3 stream is bugging and freezing and everyone's to god damn lazy to post any news anywhere.

    • Icy

      Check iZelda.net! 😉

    • Unfortunately, there wasn't in terms of Zelda! They basically talked 3DS and Wii U!

  • adsghdrsf

    They showed, a little clip of Link fighting a big spider in HD, IT WAS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!

    • Icy

      I KNOW! I am so sick of the people on GameSpot bashing Nintendo. They all think the controller is just a controller and there is no new console. The Wii cannot do what that clip showed.
      Pure awesomeness!

    • Zelda fighting a spider with NAVI!
      So is that a new Zelda game for the Wii U?

      WIND WAKER FTW

      • Why did I say zelda fighting a spider I meant Link.
        I am not an idiot it was an odd typo 😛

      • Sam

        GANNON-BANNED!

    • Posted a picture of it! Refresh the page and everyone can see it.

    • zelda4ever

      That spider reminds me of something….. something in a tree.

      • Soulless Creature

        Queen Gohma or the other gohma in the temple of time.

  • Sam

    I'm calling that LoZ bit we saw in Wii U's trailer was a demo reel. It can be a foreshadowing of what can come, but you never know when Big N's gonna pull a Wind Waker!
    As interesting Wii U's concept is, I felt a bit underwhelmed by the information. I couldn't figure out if I have to buy a whole now console, or if the tablet IS the upgrade. When I heard HD (the impressionism artist in me shudders), I then assumed it's a whole new machine. Is not good that the consumer has to assume things!
    OK, I'm gonna call it again (a CAPTAIN OBVIOUS one), but the concept of the tablet controller is to compete/thumb-nose the other tablets in the market. "LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO, AND YOU CAN'T!"

    • Soulless Creature

      WII U controller : "LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO, AND YOU CAN'T!"
      Painkillers : "We ease pain and we are cheaper so we sell."
      WII U controller : ""
      Painkillers : "yeah I thought so."

      • Sam

        Flowers: "We're free, and we smell good, and we look pretty."
        Painkillers:""
        Flowers: "Ok we love you! Bye bye!"

  • tepig

    say wii u fast

    • Sam

      Um, I sound a car siren. Is that what you were goin for here? Lol

  • I agree with the Wii U name… I was ok with Wii when they announced it, but Wii U is just ridiculous. Whatever, it looks amazing and the name will definitely be overshadowed by the awesomeness of the controller.

  • DarkOwl

    They should call it 'U and I' 😛
    (…remember the Wii was so called because it brought people together, ie. 'We')

    The possibilities for gaming seem fun, and it could make for a very practical living room media centre. (Imagine having friends round and showing them photos on your TV, and you are able to scroll through the album by using the controller screen). The graphics of the Zelda clip were amazing too.

    But that controller is butt ugly in my opinion. It looks really bulky, and is too rounded at the edges. It looks like the took the WiiMote and stretched it out! Why can't they make it look like the 3DS for example?

    Plus, in a game like Zelda it begs the question: which controller should you use? You surely can't swing that screen controller around like a sword!! But constantly swapping will just be an annoyance.

    • Sam

      Or if your room mates want to watch Pretty Little Liars while you wanna shoot Metroids.

      I think Big N intentionally made the controller look like a tablet to strike fear into the hearts of the other tablets in the market. While I do think it's not the prettiest dinner platter, it's probably the best they could come up with for comfort/safety.

    • Darkstar

      I'm sure they will have an option to use the wii remote as an alternative for future Wii U Zelda games.

      • Soulless Creature

        Think your right.

  • Sam

    But it sounds SO CUTE when Mr. Iwata says it:)

  • Sanity's_Theif

    What impressed me from the show:

    -New Nintendo Console, the whole concept is just crapping all over the PS3 and 360
    -New SmASH Bros. HELL YES! But I hope they make it more like SSBM than SSBB
    -Ninja Gaiden 3
    -That awesome looking HD Zelda for Wii U, I'm desperately hoping it's actual game in production and not just something to show off what the system can do, it would be such a dissapointment for Nintendo to not use this systems power to produce an incredibly realistic Zelda for better immersion into the universe

    Re-posting because my comment dissapeared on the last post

    • Sanity's_Theif

      And this was rated down because? Typical Zelda Universe response >_>

  • dragonchi26

    Here are a few names I think would have been far better for the new console:

    The Nintendo Advance
    The Nintendo Voyage
    The Nintendo Evolve
    The Nintendo Destiny

    They may not be great names, but they sure are a hell of a lot better than….what it is now.

    • T Dave

      Those names are designed to appeal to men by using whatever manly words you could think of, like shaving razors having names like Stealth and Fusion, but It would be awsome if Nintendo actually did that. Also if the Wii U is designed to use the Wii Mote as a primary controller alongside the touch screen controller then Nintendo Fusion would be a good name. If only.

      • DarkOwl

        OK I see your point about the gender issue.
        But you can't deny that the name is a bit rubbish. For a start it should have a brand new name, so as not to appear simply like a 'Wii upgrade'. Many people who don't research into the tech specs will wonder into shops and tell themselves that they've already got one. Especially the older generation. Confusion about DS models is living proof of this.

        And they at least could have made a bigger name change than simply adding a single letter!

        • zelda4ever

          Wow…. Wii U(pgrade). My friend just said that over my shoulder, and it made me face palm.

        • DoctorYou

          Well, keeping Wii in the name will appeal to those millions of "casual" gamers who will be much more likely to buy the new console if it has that familiarity factor. I know that I will buy it no matter what, but my grandparents, for example, would just stick with their old wii if they weren't sure that the new console will be appealing to them. ^_^

  • kelz

    I like the concept…but I dont know. I have to play it first, otherwise Im not really sure what I think of this.

  • zelda4ever

    It could have been MUCH worse than Wii U. They could have used the japanese word for 2, which wouldn't have gone over well….

  • zelda4ever

    Its not a controller….

    • Soulless Creature

      Hay remember you can't play Zelda on a PS3 or XBOX.

  • DoctorYou

    By the way, welcome back James. How's the baby, hopefully you can stick around for a while!

    • I never really left, I just never really posted much. Lily is doing awesome, she is 1 year old and walking and talking like a champion. She is growing up so fast and becoming way too independent already.

      • DoctorYou

        Glad to hear it. ^_^

  • Soulless Creature

    NEW SUPER SMASH BROS. 2 new Zelda games (or 3 if you count the new super smash bros), Wii U and River Song is baby Pond. This is the best year ever!

  • T Dave

    Sorry to burst your bubble but he's already spoiled the only good bit.

    • Soulless Creature

      Please delete the comment above now ZU quick now.

      • DoctorYou

        Meh, don't worry about it, soulless creature, it's not like I didn't see it coming. Just be more careful in the future! 😉

        At least our excitement over Skyward Sword will keep us hyped for the rest of the year while we wait for series 6, part 2! ^_^

  • Darkstar

    I can see how they wanted the Gamecube to be like this (i.e they used gameboy advance systems as controllers with wires) and created interesting multiplayer modes. I really like the innovation in this new controller. I agree it's a little big (kind of reminds me of an I-pad) but the rest of the controller has its buttuns set up almost like the 3DS'. I loved that Zelda demo too. That just goes to show how smart OoT 3D's item menu is. Good stuff Nintendo!

  • Woll

    I'm a bit disappointed with Nintendo. I was hoping for less gimmicks, and more traditional this year. The controller looks bulky, the touch screen looks absurd and motion control with this device looks ridiculous. The only good thing, I thought, was the graphical update promise and third party support.

    I'm hoping Nintendo will ditch the dumb name and get the clue that these gimmicks are getting old, I want a new buttons-only controller.

    • It isn't just Nintendo who is sticking to the gimmick. But I think this one is going to pay off. There is so much that could be done with that controller and I see this working out, as long as developers FINALLY see the real potential. There was so much potential with the Wii, now they need to step it up a notch.

      You need to look at Sony and Microsoft with the Move and the Kinect, respectively. They jumped on the bandwagon that Nintendo started and I don't see it ending anytime soon.

      • Woll

        And that worries me, Microsoft's conference was especially embarrassing.

  • Wheel? LOL

  • Lucas

    For those of you who are confused it has been confirmed that its a new console not just controller. Hope I helped.

    P.S. Thought Nintendo rocked the show. Personal favorite moment was going down memory lane of Zelda with the beautiful orchistrated music. 🙂

  • anon

    Imagine it Wii yew. Yew doesn't stand for anything but somehow it makes it more bearable (for me at least).

  • GAH. Even the logo is innuendo laden. The u has an i in it.

  • what

    Not pleased with the look of the controller or system but intrigued by the technology. Gotta at least release it in another colour if you're looking to attract "serious" gamers Nintendo.

  • It is a console. They were just showcasing the tablet controller for it rather than talk about the console. The reason they showed Batman, Ninja Gaiden, Darksiders 2 and all those games was to show that they finally got the idea that we wanted an HD console. It will be in HD! Also, they knew that we wanted an online console similar to XBL and PSN, and I think they are working on something to that effect, finally! I think this was a great day for Nintendo and I think the Wii U is definitely going to prosper.

    Now, I wish it wasn't called the Wii U, but that's just me…. and maybe everyone else.

  • The Nintendo Wii U at E3 looks amazing! Nintendo is going to turn things around from this point on and I know this because I am a Nintendo Fanatic! No matter what people say, nintendo is going strong with their awesome games….especially ZELDA!! :DDD

  • mario_master

    great a giant ds… not bad. 🙂

  • lockx

    As the ZU Twitter feed says, call it the Wuu!
    With the WuuPad controller 😀