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.