What will the Wii U give to gaming that the Xbox 360 and PS3 haven’t already? Nintendo’s new console
is right around the corner, the Wii U is a high definition graphic console. This means that games like
Metroid, Mario bros, and one of my favorite series The Ledgend of Zelda, will finally be in 1080p High definition.
Nintendo will have to face a lot of questions reguarding its new console. Such as are they taking a big risk, can they survive this next generation, is the Wii U capable of producing graphics on par with Sony and Microsoft’s next
consoles, and will the tablet interface be a game changer like motion control?
Let’s talk about game mechanics and the new tablet interface. The Wii U GamePad incorporates your
traditional analog sticks with tablet touch screen features; the screen on the Wii U GamePad is about 6.2
inch with a resolution of 854×480.
Nintendo will give players the ability to use the Wii U screen in tandem with the TV, or the Wii U
GamePad screen can be used as the primary display device, this feature is very convenient for gamers
who does not live alone and has only one primary TV in the home.
Now let’s get into game mechanics, in which two displays are used in the game environment. Imagine
playing a game where a lock has to be picked, the lock inner workings are displayed on the Wii U
GamePad display and you have to use the stylus to navigate and pick the lock, or how about a first
person shooter that uses the Wii U GamePad to simulate the pin point accuracy of a mouse and
The applications of the Wii U GamePad are pretty interesting, the camera feature on the Wii U
GamePad could also have a game creator coming up with crazy ideas for gaming mechanics. And as
aforementioned about gamers that lives with others, because chances are that the Wii U will be hooked
up to the TV in the living room, you know the time will come when, in the middle of the final mission
with no save points in reach, that special someone in your life will want the TV and that secondary
screen will become a life saver.
What power can the Wii U harness? According to most sources Nintendo refers the Wii U chip as a MCM
or a ‘multi chip module’, the CPU and the GPU on a single die. This gives Nintendo the ability to cut
cost and the size of the console, the results is less heat and less silicon being used to constructed two
Nobody at this time can truly tell what a Wii U devkit can do, developers will first have to get use to
the system’s strong points and its weak points, but all developers seem to like the GPU and the ram, by
next E3 we should see some graphical masterpieces come from the Wii U.
Will the Wii U be able to stand up to the next Xbox and Sony consoles? Nintendo has enough, at this
time we have no clue what the Wii U can and cannot do, we also know nothing about what’s coming
next from Microsoft and Sony.
When it comes to consoles it will always be about the games and online. The only thing Nintendo has
to worry about is Xbox live and the gold standard of console online gaming. The Wii U’s GamePad was
made for the social networking and Nintendo should be taking advantage of the tablet like capabilities
when it comes to setting up the online community, the tablet should be strong point.
I was on the fence about buying a Wii U but I love The legend of Zelda games and to see the world of
Zelda in High definition will be worth the $350.