e32011


Nintendo has revealed that it is indeed working on a high definition, touchscreen-based console, dubbed Wii U.

The device looks like a tablet and allows users to play games either on a television or on the controller itself. For example, during a video demonstration, a person was able to transfer a game of New Super Mario Bros. Wii from a TV to the controller so that someone else could watch a TV program. The content is transferred wirelessly.

The video also showed a wide range of applications for the device. You can weigh yourself on a Wii Fit balance board and bring up the information on the Wii U, flick ninja stars from the Wii U to a game on a television, and use the touchscreen as a Wacom-style tablet to draw, browse the Web, play multiplayer board games, video chat, or act as an inventory management device for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

"Please understand that it was not designed to be a portable video game machine," Nintendo President Saturo Iwata explained.

In addition to the touchscreen, the Wii U features two analog sticks, a directional pad, two shoulder buttons, a built-in microphone, speakers, an inward-facing camera, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer.

Several games were announced for the console, two of which will also be available on the Nintendo 3DS. These include a brand new entry in the Smash Bros. series and an open-world title called Lego City Stories.

In an obvious attempt to cater to more traditional gamers, titles like Darksiders II, Batman Arkham City, Assassin's Creed, Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Metro Last Night will also be available on the console.

The Wii U is expected to launch sometime in 2012.

Read the comments on this post


Update: It's official. As expected, at this morning's E3 keynote, Microsoft revealed both Halo 4 and an enhanced remake of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 4 will be the start of an all-new trilogy and will launch on the 360 at the end of next year. And unlike some of the more recent entries in the franchise, it stars none other than Master Chief.

Meanwhile, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be launching on November 15, and will feature enhanced visuals, online co-op, and seven classic multiplayer maps.

Original story: Just hours before the keynote at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft pushed an update to its E3 website stating that Halo 4 is "on the way." The post was quickly taken down, but it confirms the existence of the fifth installment (or seventh, if you count Halo Wars and Halo 3: ODST) in the Halo franchise, as well as other expected games, including Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars, and Kinect Sports 2.

The blurb for the Halo 4 post described the news as something "millions of Halo fans have waited for." As Halo: Reach was franchise creator Bungie's last entry to the series, it's likely that Halo 4 will have been developed by Microsoft and 343 Industries. The updated site also mentioned a remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved that will be released presumably for the tenth anniversary of the first Halo game's November 2001 launch.

This may have been a controlled leak to generate buzz for E3, as its keynote is locking horns with that of the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference: E3's keynote begins at 12:30 pm EDT, just half an hour before the WWDC keynote. We wonder if Halo 4's announcement will accompany that of a new console, or if Microsoft will let Nintendo steal all the hardware thunder with its Wii successor.

Be sure to follow our liveblog, which kicks off shortly.

Read the comments on this post


Just hours before the keynote at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft pushed an update to its E3 website stating that Halo 4 is "on the way." The post was quickly taken down, but it confirms the existence of the fifth installment in the Halo franchise, as well as other expected games, including Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars, and Kinect Sports 2.

The blurb for the Halo 4 post described the news as something "millions of Halo fans have waited for." As Halo: Reach was franchise creator Bungie's last entry to the series, it's likely that Halo 4 will have been developed by Microsoft and 343 Industries. The updated site also mentioned a remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved that will be released presumably for the tenth anniversary of the first Halo game's November 2001 launch.

This may have been a controlled leak to generate buzz for E3, as its keynote is locking horns with that of the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference: E3's keynote begins at 12:30 pm EDT, just half an hour before the WWDC keynote. We wonder if Halo 4's announcement will accompany that of a new console, or if Microsoft will let Nintendo steal all the hardware thunder with its Wii successor.

Be sure to follow our liveblog, which kicks off shortly.

Read the comments on this post