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Wii U, the Wii 2 - Will You?
Nintendo Wii U - New Games Console aka Wii 2
The Wii U is the next generation games console from Nintendo. It has a touch screen hand-held controller which can be used as a display on its own if the TV isn't available.
The 'Wii U' is due for US and UK release in mid 2012, but we already have quite a lot of information about it.
Nintendo Wii U - Let's Take a Look at the Wii U
Wii U Trailer
Nintendo Wii U Console - The Wii 2
The Wii U Console will connect to the TV for full HD graphics. The console will accept new 'Wii U' discs as well as Nintendo Wii discs - yes you can play existing Wii games. The Wii U will have powerful specs bringing its gaming power at least in line with its rivals.
The console will have internal flash memory. You will be able to expand its memory using an SD memory card or an external USB drive. I hope they come up with an official way to store multiple games rather than having to swap discs (this is a pain with the current Nintendo Wii.)
The Wii U works with up to 4 existing Wii controllers (Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board) but you've probably noticed that the Wii U controller is a little different ...
(Before the Wii U name was announced, it was commonly referred to as the Wii 2.)
The Wii U Controller - Can be used to play games without the TV
A lot of the innovation in the Wii U is in the controller. The screen on the controller can be used to display different information to that shown on the TV for additional input. And it can be used to play a game just on the hand-held controller while someone else watches the TV (great for resolving family disputes!)
It also has a touchscreen and pen. The video trailer shows a drawing application and this opens up some interesting gaming options like custom control panels.
It has an accelerometer & gyroscope to detect movement and a full set of controls. There's also a camera that points at the gamer, a microphone and speaker and it can also rumble.
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board
I love my Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit so I'm really pleased to see that the Wii U is compatible with the balance board. The demo video shows the Wii U Controller being used without the TV to weigh yourself. Very handy.
So you can safely buy the Wii Balance board if you already have a Wii Console and it will work with the Wii U. Excellent.
Existing Wii Games will also be compatible with the Wii U.
Wii U - Will You?
Nintendo Wii U
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The Wii U console is due for release in the US and UK in summer 2012.
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Wii U - Will You?