Nintendo Co. this week demonstrated the Wii U controller for the Wii U hardware this week at the at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
The Wii U controller includes a 6.2-inch screen that dominates the center of the component. While specifications have not been released, the display is similar to a high-resolution mobile phone, can yield bright contrast, at least single-touch functionality, and can relay a completely separate, full-functioning display separate from what is broadcast on the television in high-fidelity.
The current configuration is lightweight, with well placed L, R, LZ, and RZ triggers and dual analog sticks for shooters.
The face buttons sit right below the right analog for secondary functions in shooting titles, or main buttons in action titles.
While many functions have been demonstrated this week at E3, the controller has massive potential for core and casual titles.
For example, first-person shooter fans can completely ditch the TV set to each yield a private display in local multiplayer sessions.
In casual titles, the gyroscope and built-in cameras offer a brand new additional sensor for tracking motion-based games, like shaking, pushing, drawing, or placing the controller on the ground to view a virtual golf ball.
While pricing may be a concern, components for the display will likely decrease by the time the hardware is released in 2012. Multi-touch functionality was not disclaimed but would benefit to be added despite a likely small cost increase.
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.