Nintendo Co. this week demonstrated the real-time The Legend of Zelda High-Definition demo for the Nintendo Wii U hardware at the at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
The tech demo allowed users to change various settings to the real-time display, including day and night settings, camera angles, and the display of a map on the screen and the Wii U controller.
The day and night real-time manipulation was very impressive, with dynamic light sources that changed from sunlight filters to torch-based lighting instantly.
In addition, various camera angles showcased well-constructed character builds of Link and a giant enemy spider.
Also, special effects like water, smoke, and environmental destruction were beautiful.
The graphics engine held at 30 frames-per-second with generous textures and detail.
Nintendo this week said it will release Wii U, the successor the Wii hardware, in 2012.
The Wii U controller includes a 6.2-inch touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.
The controller includes two analog circle pads, a d-pad, touch screen, microphone, speakers, gyrophone, face buttons and two sets of triggers.
Images to the controller screen wirelessly from the Wii u. Titles can be structured to use the controller and the screen at the same time. Examples include swiping a ninja star from the controller that fires to the TV screen.
Additionally features include Wii U controller web browsing and video call chat.
The hardware will be fully backwards compatible with the Wii.
New game titles include a new entry in the Smash Bros. franchise and LEGO City Stories. The company will demonstrate eight new interactive experiences at the E3 show floor.
Game concepts include New Super Mario Bros. Mii to insert a Mii avatar into the title, and titles that include a different perspective depending on whether the player uses the Wii U controller or Wii Remote.
Third-party titles include a new Tekken, Ghost Recon Online, Assassin’s Creed, Dirt, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro Last Night, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and Darksiders 2.
The Wii has sold 86 million units worldwide to date since launch in 2006.