More Nintendo Wii U details revealed with possible release time

By Posted 6 Jul 2011, 10:09

Since Nintendo first showed the world its Wii replacement, much has been made on what some of the technical features would be. There have also been many saying the console may not even succeed, and is only a current gen device. Today we have an article looking some more Nintendo Wii U details with a possible release time.

The president and chief operating officer of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, recently spoke to David M. Ewalt of Forbes about the upcoming console. The console will launch sometime after April 1st during the second quarter, and Nintendo don’t seem to be concerned about still having the original Wii available.

It is pointed out that when the original was released the GameCube was still available, as was the GameBoy when the first DS was first released. It is not thought that consumers will be confused by the two consoles being available at the same time, as Reggie Fils-Aime feels they are totally different units.

It is also pointed out during the interview that Nintendo are stressing the new controller for the Wii U is not a tablet. But watching streaming content such as Netflix is in theory possible on the new controller, but if the console is not powered up the controller will also be off. Nintendo are suggesting the future of gaming is having a two screen experience, with both screens playing the same game or doing something different.

There could also be cross-platform gaming with the 3DS, and the chance of having a Smash Brothers game doing this. Nintendo don’t think for the time being that 3D gaming will be coming to the Wii U, as at the moment the company feels it needs to be a glasses free experience. This is put down to displays at present being too expensive or too small.

Trouble is many people were wowed when the demo video of the console was first shown at last month’s E3. But since then reality of what the console might offer has put some people off, and with continuing rumors of Microsoft and Sony working on their next gen consoles the Wii U maybe a couple of years too late.

Nintendo was written off before when it first launched the DS, with many saying the PSP was better as it was more powerful. But sales figures proved this to be wrong, and the company did a similar thing with the original Wii. The big selling point of the Wii though was its motion controller, which at the time was ground breaking but now Sony and Microsoft have got in on the act.

Can Nintendo be confident about the success of the Wii U?