Today, president Satoru Iwata says they will not reveal anymore details on release date or pricing until 2012, likely 2-3 months before actual launch.
Says the exec:
Since the Wii U we showed you at the E3 show in June was still in the development phase without very specific proposals on the software titles, we are going to announce the release date and the price next year when we are able to explain the specific proposals.
Nintendo has not showed of the console itself, but instead displayed the new controller, which features a touchscreen and streaming capabilities.
The large controller has a 6.2-inch touchscreen and can work as a standalone gaming device, as well. There are two circle pads, a regular d-pad, shoulder buttons, rumble, a camera/speaker/mic and gyroscope/accelerometer sensors.
The Wii U controller offers gamers a chance to use the second screen for many activities, including catching/pitching the ball in Wii Sports, or even playing hide-and-seek with other controllers.
If you ever have to leave your HDTV, the controller can be used to continue the game, seamlessly, from a different room on the tablet screen.
Because of the seamless streaming, gamers can transfer the video they are watching on the tablet to the HDTV and enjoy on the larger screen. A full Web browser is included.
The controller also has games, like chess, checkers and few others showed off by Nintendo.
Because the controller comes with a stylus and editing program, it can be used as a graphics tablet for artists.
Finally, because of the camera, the tablet can be used to video chat with others.
Some of the technical specs of the new console include 1080p output, Six-channel PCM linear audio, internal memory with SD card/external HDD expansion. The Wii U is compatible with all Wii games, peripherals.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 5 Aug 2011 15:11