Wii U Game Pad, Wii U Pro Controller and Miiverse shown...
Satoru Iwata shared a few new functionalities for the upcoming Wii U console, including its Game Pad and other Online features.
If you missed the Pre-E3 'Nintendo Direct' presented by Satoru Iwata, here's a brief summary of all the "important" things shown:
* Wii U Game Pad
The tablet controller has been named the Wii U Game Pad and has, as rumoured, two analog sticks rather than the circle pads shown at previous events. The two analog controls feature under-stick buttons, like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, upping the total number of inputs.
* Wii U Pro Controller
All forms of Wii controllers, as well as the Wii Fit balance board, are compatible with Wii U. A Wii U Pro controller will be released for ‘more intense’ forms of gaming, such as longer periods of play or for multiplatform games. Also, you will be able to use your Wii U Gamepad to control the television using the controller’s “TV” button.
* MiiVerse and the human connection
A video was played showing off the system’s network capabilities – the Miiverse. It featured a frustrated gamer struggling to take down a zombie boss. To get help, he first posted a message (and his mood) on the network asking for help, leading to a call from his friend who saw the message from his cell phone. After his help was ineffective, he video-chatted his grandfather for assistance, who was able to solve his problem. A Black Wii U console and controller were used during the clip.
You’ll see the Miiverse each time your start up your Wii U.
* System Browser
Nintendo also briefly showed off the system’s browser, which allows you to surf internet content on your Wii U Gamepad, and send certain elements to the television. A video for example, can be found first on the controller, and then sent to the TV for all to see. You can even add effects like a curtain pullback.
Iwata also said that they will Focus on the Wii U at their upcoming E3 press conference, with news about 3DS to be shown "on other opportunities".
So there you go, you can also watch the full presentation at the YT link below!
NEWS SOURCE #1: Satoru Iwata details Wii-U concept Miiverse (via) Gematsu
NEWS SOURCE #2: Nintendo's pre-E3 Wii-U press conference live at 11pm BST (via) VG247
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