Nintendo Wii U hands on and first impressions

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Yesterday the world got its first look at Nintendo’s new upcoming console. We recently have given you some of the specifications of the device, and now we have the Nintendo Wii U hands on and first impressions to bring to you.

Michael McWhertor of Kotaku.com has been lucky enough to have spent some time playing with Nintendo’s new console. He says it is a similar social experience as the current Wii, but offering a HD visual look with the control interface that more video gamers will be at home with.

The big new thing will be the Wii U’s new controller and its 6.2-inch screen. It will work side by side with the new console and have content streamed to it from the console. For now we don’t know how much it will cost or whether the controller will be available separately, and unfortunately when it will be coming next year.

Yesterday Nintendo showed a game of Chase Mii; where one player uses the new controller while up to four other players use the standard Wii remote. The player who uses the new controller gets a head start before the rest begin their chase. The pursuers have to work as team to try and capture the Mii, but the player using the Wii U controller has the advantage of a top down view which provides the locations of the chasing Mii’s.

Another game Battle Mii puts two players in space suits against another player flying a gunship. This game just like Chase Mii requires team work to shot the gunship down, while the pilot does their best to blast the two other players running around the city. The game proved to be fun and provides a family friendly third person shooter.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was played and brings HD and visual clarity which hasn’t been seen in the series before. This was only a demo and might not turn into an actual game at launch. Playing with the new controller provided a button which switched between daytime and nighttime, which provided some dynamic lighting.

Another button allowed for the camera angle to be changed that provided total new perspectives. You also had the option of switching between HDTV display and that of the controller. The new console could easily build on what made the original Wii such a success, but will now also please gamers who want HD visuals and competitive online gaming.

It looks like the console will cater for those who enjoyed the likes of Wii Sports, and hard-core gamers that require competing against others online. The Wii U is set for release anytime between April to December 2012.

Do you like what you have seen of the Wii U so far?

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