proved to be an exciting time for Nintendo as it announced the Wii's successor,
Wii U, at its press conference at E3. While the improved system specs and
tablet-like controller seemed to have won many Nintendo fans over, the game
footage looked like nothing the video game company has ever made before, and
that's because it wasn't Nintendo footage at all.
Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, admitted that some game
footage at Nintendo's E3 press conference was taken from Xbox 360 and
PlayStation 3 games.
Why did Nintendo think this would be appropriate, you ask? Fils-Aime insists
that Wii U games will be "comparable" to the graphics and game play
of Xbox 360 and PS3 games once it releases.
"We're talking a year away from when the system's going to launch,"
said Fils-Aime. "The system's going to be 1080p. You're going to see games
that take full advantage of a system that has the latest technology and can
push out some incredible graphics."
The game footage shown at Nintendo's press conference was from Xbox 360 and PS3
games like "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online," "Madden
Football" and "Assassin's Creed 2."
Nintendo Wii, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 are all part of the
seventh generation of video game consoles. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 while
the Wii and PS3 were later released in 2006. Competition amongst the three
consoles is pretty stiff as new game, hardware, and online networks are
introduced in order to offer a better gaming experience.
Sony and Microsoft's recent E3 briefings have brought news on a new portable PlayStation Vita, and Kinect-compatible games as well as
voice recognition features. But out of the three competitors, Nintendo is the
only one releasing a brand-new home console.
Wii U will feature 1080p high-definition graphics over
HDMI, an IBM Power-based multi-core processor, four USB 2.0 ports, and a
built-in Secure Digital slot. The controller will feature an integrated
6.2" color LCD screen, two analog pads, a cross control pad, L/R buttons,
A/B/X/Y buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It will initially be featured in white, and will
be released in 2012.