The WiiU will come in two forms. A white one with an 8GB HD for $299, or a black one with a 32GB HD for $349. The 'premium' one for $349 will also come with a game, Nintendoland. I'm not sure if the colors are specific to the type of system you will be buying. I will assume so for now though.
A new controller will be introduced, The WiiU Tablet. You will be able to connect two of them to your system at once from what I have learned. It seems that the WiiU will also be compatible with the older Wii controllers. So your WiiMotes and Nun-chucks will not go to waste. This makes for the ability to have up to six, if not more players at once. Since the WiiU Tablet will have it's own screen, it makes this easy and possible.
The tablet more specifically will not just be for gaming. It will have a 6.2-inch LCD touch screen, two analog sticks, a D-pad, four buttons on its face, two triggers, and two bumpers on the top. If that wasn't enough, it will also have a working front camera for video calls, can double as a universal remote, and a web browser that mirrors to your TV. Here's the best part though. Some games can actually be played only on the tablet. This means if you have a TV show you want to watch, and someone else is playing Super Mario on the TV. Then can simply change the channel and switch the game to the tablet. It will also be available to buy seperatly for people who want two, for about $169
The WiiU will also have a social media aspect to it. Almost like the Xbox and Playstation networks. You will be able to go to your dashboard. View what games your friends are playing, and even send messages to them if you want. Along with the new Nintendo TVii, we will see a level of social media unknown to any gaming console. It will be customized for each profile, suggesting media from everywhere. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, local tv stations, anything you could think of that is on the web. These suggestions will come from what is popular, your previous choices, and also what is popular among your friends. You can also select your own favorites. While watching a tv show, the tablet will offer you the ability to browse imdb, Wikipedia, follow social media around the episode, tweet yourself about what you’re seeing, even see what has happened so far. If you’re a sports fan, you will love the idea of sharing of stats, other scores, and instant replays of your favorite team doing what they do best.
Nintendo has also announced over 50 games for release date. Bayonetta 2, a WiiU exclusive now will be online and published by Nintendo. Assassins Creed III will be ported over, as well as BlackOps2 and Ninja Gaiden 3 just to name a few. These games were not only demo'd, but played on the new WiiU Tablet. Showing us that Nintendo heard the cries of the hardcore gamer and are willing to show us what they can do. This doesn't mean the casual gamer will be suffering though. Also announced were The New Super Mario Brothers U and Pikman 3, games published by Nintendo. Then they have their usual 3rd party games coming into the light such as Scribblenauts Unlimited and ZombiU.
For a complete list of games announced, please click here
You can also watch parts of the live stream, as well as trailers for upcoming games at Nintendos official site
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