From the description, it sounds like a combo Wii and DS - as the controller can plays games, as well as offering new features. This definitely would be a bonus for games like Madden, so you don't have to pick your plays on the TV screen.
The system will also have full HD compatibility, hopefully porting games from XBox and PS3 with the better graphics.
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Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution withÂ Mario Kart ,Â Super Mario Â and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25thÂ Anniversary ofÂ The Legend of Zelda
LOS ANGELES-At the E3Â Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii Uâ„˘, a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen. Adding a second screen to the living room creates a multitude of new video game experiences while offering families a variety of options to customize their entertainment.
â€śThe experience enabled by Wii U and the new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers.â€ť
Previously, video games played on a home console have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multiplayer environment. Furthermore, watching TV and playing console games have been completely separate experiences. The new controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience. Visitors to the E3Â Expo will see firsthand the type of gaming experiences made possible by Wii U and the new controller such as:
- In single-player games:
- The new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV.
- The information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope.
- In multiplayer games:
- The player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.
In addition to the 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controllerâ„˘Â button scheme â€“ two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons â€“ will enable a breadth of game-play experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated video game players.
Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remoteâ„˘Â or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. The Wii console has sold more than 86 million units globally and greatly expanded the overall audience for video games. Wii U aims to expand that audience even further. Developers worldwide are already working on new games and experiences for the console.
â€śWii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together,â€ť said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. â€śThe experience enabled by Wii U and the new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers.â€ť
Nintendo 3DSâ„˘, which lets users see 3D images without the need for special glasses, launched in the United States on March 27 and continues to evolve. Owners will find that their Nintendo 3DS experience is different every time they pick up the system, thanks to new content and updates delivered by Nintendo, by third parties and exchanged between users.
A new system update is now available for the Nintendo 3DS system. Users who connect to a wireless broadband Internet connection and install the system update will instantly gain access to the Nintendo eShop, which contains a variety of games and applications for download using a cash-based system.
Users can browse original 3D software, 3D Classics (select classic video games re-mastered in 3D), classic Game Boyâ„˘Â and Game Boy Color games, and more than 350 games and applications currently offered for the Nintendo DSiWareâ„˘Â service. Visitors can also see videos and screen shots for games, plus see how other players rank games.
The system update also provides Nintendo 3DS owners access to free items, including an Internet browser that can show 3D images on sites specifically designed to show 3D images, a download of a re-mastered 3D version of the NESâ„˘Â classicÂ Excitebikeâ„˘Â game (free until July 7) andÂ PokĂ©dexâ„˘Â 3D, which lets users discover and view more than 150 PokĂ©monâ„˘Â from theÂ PokĂ©mon Black VersionÂ andÂ PokĂ©mon White VersionÂ games in visually engaging 3D.
Nintendo also announced a huge lineup of upcoming new and fan-favorite franchise games, many of which are playable on the E3Â Expo show floor in booth 4922.
- Nintendo 3DS:Â Super Marioâ„˘,Â Luigiâ€™s Mansionâ„˘Â 2,Â Mario Kartâ„˘,Â Kid Icarusâ„˘: Uprising,Â The Legend of Zeldaâ„˘: Ocarina of Timeâ„˘Â 3D,Â Star Fox 64â„˘Â 3D, Animal Crossingâ„˘,Â Paper Marioâ„˘,Â Picture Lives!,Â The Rolling Westernâ„˘.
- Wii:Â The Legend of Zeldaâ„˘: Skyward Sword,Â Kirbyâ„˘Â Wii,Â Wii Playâ„˘: Motion,Â Mystery Case Filesâ„˘: The Malgrave Incidentâ„˘,Â Mario Partyâ„˘Â 9,Â Rhythm Heavenâ„˘Â andÂ Fortune Streetâ„˘.
- Nintendo DSâ„˘:Â Kirbyâ„˘Â Mass Attack,Â Professor Layton and the Last Specterâ„˘,Â Dragon Quest Monsters: Jokerâ„˘Â 2Â andÂ Super Fossil Fightersâ„˘.
Nintendo kicked off its E3Â Expo Presentation by announcing a number of initiatives to celebrate the 25thÂ anniversary ofÂ The Legend of Zelda. A re-mastered 3D version ofÂ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeÂ launches for Nintendo 3DS on June 19, while Wii owners will see the arrival ofÂ The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordÂ in the 2011 holiday season. Additionally, Nintendo announced a tour of orchestral concerts featuring music from the beloved franchise. Additional commemorative activities will be announced at a later date.
For the duration of the E3Â Expo, Nintendo will provide fans with exclusive videos and Nintendo content on the Nintendo Network. People can visit http://e3.nintendo.comÂ to watch developer interviews, get all the information about new games and see coverage coming directly from the show floor. The same exclusive content also will be streamed through the NintendoÂ®Â Channel to Wii owners who have a broadband Internet connection.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wiiâ„˘Â home console, Nintendo 3DSâ„˘Â and Nintendo DSâ„˘Â family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment Systemâ„˘, Nintendo has sold more than 3.7 billion video games and more than 600 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiâ„˘Â and Nintendo DSi XLâ„˘, as well as the Game Boyâ„˘, Game Boy Advance, Super NESâ„˘, Nintendo 64â„˘Â and Nintendo GameCubeâ„˘Â systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Marioâ„˘, Donkey Kongâ„˘, Metroidâ„˘, Zeldaâ„˘Â and PokĂ©monâ„˘. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendoâ€™s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the companyâ€™s website atÂ http://www.nintendo.com.