Nintendo Introduces Their Next Generation Console, the Wii U

Nintendo changed the game with the Wii, taking gamers off of their couches and onto their feet with interactive gaming.  We complained, but we were wrong.

The timeline for technology turnaround is usually too fast to justify always buying the latest and greatest gadget. With gaming consoles however, the timeline, on average 4-5 years, is just long enough to allow the demographics to build an appetite for something better. The Wii U, Nintendo’s successor to the popular Wii, aims to quell that hunger.

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When the Wii was first introduced in 2006, a lot of people were apprehensive about changing the entire dynamic of playing video games. Other than standing up in front of an arcade machine, gaming had always been an “on your ass” activity. Either in a chair or sprawled out on your couch, playing video games was always the lazy man’s sport. With the success of the Nintendo Wii, console manufacturers realized that people didn’t mind the change, and there was an entire niche market for games that made you sweat, and utilized body-eye coordination skills alongside hand-eye coordination. Nintendo’s competitors, Microsoft and Sony followed suit, and the gaming landscape has been fundamentally changed because of it.

With the Wii U – the successor to the game changing Wii, Nintendo is going back to its roots with a more traditional controller dynamic, except there’s nothing traditional about it. The Wii U features a controller that defies conventional wisdom in current consol technology. Nintendo is hoping that creating a new dynamic once more, this time with a screen smack dab in the middle of the controller, it can captivate the gaming market, and increase its market share.

Initial reviews for the Wii U coming out of E3 in Los Angeles have been mostly positive. Set to launch in 2012, Nintendo is the first among the big three to introduce their next generation console. With the introduction of the new controller, better video and audio output than the original Wii, and relationships with game manufactures that publish top-selling games, Nintendo is positioning itself in the console game nicely for the foreseeable future.

3 comments on “Nintendo Introduces Their Next Generation Console, the Wii U”

  1. gurufred says:

    This is awesome, I was at E3, and I was hoping Sony and Microsoft would show off their next gen consoles as well, but Microsoft was all about kinect, and Sony was all about the new hand-held. I can’t wait for the PS4 tbh.

    1. jackShepard says:

      i heard sony is dropping proprietary tech and going with mainstream hardware for the new ps4. They lost a tone of money with the ps3 because of the cell processor and the bluray player. I think the next gen of ps will not be as amazing as the leap ps3 made.

  2. Adeel says:

    Although the Wii U was announced, it has yet to be rlaeesed. Anyways, to answer your question: Yes, there will be Wii games made post console release.There is no definite answer as to how long it will continue, but production of past generation consoles usually continues for a few years after the next console is rlaeesed. The Nintendo Gamecube, the last generation home console from Nintendo, continued to have games developed for it until 2008, which was 2 years after the Wii’s release. The Wii could continue being a secondary console, as Sony has done with their PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles, however it’s up to Nintendo. If you would like a speculated answer, then i would guess that game production would end in 2015 at the latest for Wii games. It may be sooner considering the lack of good titles rlaeesed for the system, however, this is just a guess. I could be right, wrong or be completely wrong though. Nonetheless, i hope this answers your question,~Barolb

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