Nintendo has revealed a lot of new information this E3, yet their demonstration still leaves many questions. What is probably their most important announcement is their new gaming console, Wii U. The successor to the Wii. This is what was previously dubbed “project cafe”.
The rumors were, as far as I can tell, accurate. Hardware;
Wii U has a controller with a screen in it.
As you can see, the controller has a speaker, Touch Screen, Microphone, camera, and gyroscope.
The camera, speaker, and microphone will allow you to take video calls and record video and put it on your TV.
The controller itself can be used online on certain games, for example if someone else wants to use the TV. The controller is not a portable gaming device, and it must be within range of the Wii in order to function.
The controller can be used at the discretion of the developer. Some will allow you to see separate parts or information on the game (similar to how the bottom screen of the Nintendo DS is used now), some will allow you to zoom in, etc. It is all up to the developers and how they think the controllers will work best for their games.
The console itself was not emphasized much, but appears to be very similar to the Wii.
The Wii U console supports 1080p, it supports all the Wii controllers, it will be backwards compatible with the Wii (no mention yet as to the GameCube), it has an internet browser. An EA publisher mentioned “downloading content” implying that the Wii U may make use of downloadable content.
There were also a few things mentioned about software (games). Nintendo has already made deals with several third party developers, including EA.
The Wii U seems to make more use of M rated titles than the Wii. Pikimin 3, a sequel to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and a Lego City Stories have already been confirmed to be in development for Wii U.
Wii U’s title is based on the idea that it is still about the group, or “We”, “Us”, but it is also about “You”, the single player. The idea being that they’ll try to put a lot of focus on single player in addition to multiplayer. Their goal is to keep the casual market, but still cater to the “hardcore” gamers.
Most of the software demonstrating the Wii U’s capabilities at E3 were only demos, and not actual games. So there is still a lot that is not yet known as far as games for the Wii U goes.
The Wii seemed to take a backseat to the Wii U this year, however more details were revealed on Zelda Skyward Sword. It will release “this holiday”, will require Wii motion plus, will include a boss mode, and will include a “master quest” version (which is presumably a more difficult version.)
Additionally, a Zelda themed Wiimote will be available for purchase when Zelda Skyward Sword is released.
The Nintendo 3DS shop and browser have been released. The shop plans to release ported titles from the Gameboy and GameBoy color, re-amped in 3D. Excitebikes and a Pokedex are being offered for free for a limited time.
Several new games for the 3DS were announced. Some of these include Kid Icarus. There will also be Kid Icarus themed Augmented Reality (AR) cards. Some gameplay was shown, but other than that, not much was revealed about it. Kid Icarus does fight the villain Medusa (Known for turning people to stone in mythology).
Luigi’s Mansion 2 was also announced. Which will include several mansions.
Mario Kart is releasing this September.
A new Mario game designed specifically for the 3DS will be made in 2011.
Several other games from third party developers were announced, including : Resident Evil: The Mercenaries, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olypic Games, Ace Combat 3D, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Driver Renegade, Pacman and Galaga Dimensions.