News: Nintendo Direct 03/06/12 – Round-Up, Including Lots of Wii U Info!

If you were surprised to hear that Nintendo were broadcasting a Nintendo Direct video just two days before its E3 presentation, just wait until you hear the news that came out of it! From a black Wii U console, to the Wii U Pro controller, we have the summary of our live-tweets directly from the presentation below:

  • Is your body ready!?
  • Hi Iwata!
  • “Creating something unique” – words that have guided Nintendo since the early days of the company.
  • This Nintendo Direct presentation is “something unique.”
  • Discussions regarding Wii U began in 2008.
  • Wii U controller’s name is the Wii U Game Pad.
  • Does it have analogue sticks or Circle Pads?
  • Proper analogue sticks for the Wii U Game Pad!
  • For the first time on a Nintendo controller, clickable analogue sticks!
  • The rumours were right! The square below the D-pad is an NFC Reader / Writer.
  • The other button, next to the power button is the TV Power Button, meaning you can turn the Game Pad on without the console.
  • The Wii U Game Pad is capable of becoming an infrared TV remote.
  • The Wii U Game Pad offers “Asymetrical diversity in gameplay.”
  • What this means in terms of gameplay is to be shown of at E3 next week.
  • Touch-screen controller can be used with a finger or a stylus to provide intuitive controls.
  • Wii U Game Pad to include Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor.
  • Higher-end hardware to be shown off with games at E3 next week.
  • More casual games to utilise the Wii U Game Pad’s ability to play games on the controller without the TV.
  • High-quality console graphics on both the TV and the Game Pad.
  • Supports all Wii peripherals – Wii Remote, Nunchuk and Balance Board.
  • Wii U Pro Controller revealed -obviously aimed at hardcore audiences!
  • Wii U is not an evolution of the Wii. Does what Nintendo did, only better. It also adds something completely new in connecting people.
  • A Wii U concept trailer being shown off. Shows black Game Pad.
  • You can send broadcasts to other gamers with similar games asking for help. Other gamers can check these from mobiles.
  • Is this a Nintendo social network!?
  • You can video-call what appear to be friends in your Wii U mid-game to ask them for help.
  • The cheesy character in the concept trailer defeats a monster with the help of an elderly fellow!
  • We do agree, Iwata; it was a little different.
  • The Wii U menu is now shown of. Reveals bunches of Miis crowding around certain game icons – “Mii Wara Wara.”
  • Your Mii amongst friends’ Miis, Miis on your Wii U, and Miis across the world with similar gaming interests gather around certain games that they are playing.
  • Miiverse – a world Nintendo has invented. Miis from around the world meet and connect.
  • The Miiverse is shown when you first turn on your Wii U system, and can be displayed mid-game.
  • Wii U makes a brand new gaming network.
  • Touch-screen makes typing and reading messages much easier/
  • Iwata finds it difficult to read the TV guide from across the room.
  • Handwritten messages can be sent much like in Flipnote Studio and Nintendo Letter Box.
  • You can add images, facial expressions and more to show emotions.
  • YES! You can post screenshots or send user-created content which can be viewed and played by others.
  • Miiverse adds a new degree of empathy between players; does not require use of the TV.
  • The Wii U Game Pad is a ‘social window.’
  • Gamers can now enjoy a sense of connection even when not playing at the same time.
  • Players can compete online, but Miiverse also allows you to compete in single-player-only games.
  • Miiverse will eventually be available on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC and any Internet-enable phone.
  • Nintendo Network designed to connect Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and future Nintendo consoles.
  • An Internet browser that allows you to share what you are viewing on your Game Pad with others who are viewing the TV.
  • You can choose to close a curtain over the TV so you can hide what’s on your Game Pad – adds another level of entertainment.
  • Miiverse was created with the same thing in mind.
  • “A great idea solves multiple problems at the same time.” – Miyamoto. Wii U designed to address this.
  • Wii U can help solve the issue of ‘alone together’ – “more smiles, more laughs, and more empathy.”
  • Wii introduced a new form of ‘together’. “Together, better” is Wii U’s motto.
  • Even with nobody else in the room, you won’t feel alone.
  • Nintendo have plenty of news about Nintendo 3DS and Wii U at E3 next week and during other opportunities.
  • Satoru Iwata will be guest-tweeting over E3 at @NintendoAmerica.

And there we have it! Lots of Wii U goodness, right there. Are you lot pleased with the direction Nintendo are seemingly taking the Wii U?


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