Nintendo E3 2011 recap – project cafe officially revealed as Wii U

June 10, 2011

Nintendo E3 2011 recap – project cafe officially revealed as Wii U Nintendo held its press conference last as usual and as anticipated, revealed its next console iteration. As rumored, the device heavily focuses on the controller and updated hardware.

Nintendo’s press conference was by far the most anticipated as everyone in the industry have been looking forward to the reveal of Nintendo’s new console. Images and scant details around Project Cafe circulated around the Web prior to E3.

As rumored the controller has a 6.2” touchscreen built-in along with accelerometers, gyroscopes, speakers, microphone and a camera. The controller also has two analog sticks and the usual buttons.

On the hardware side, the new Wii U system is the first Nintendo console to boast 1080p along with a powerful AMD Radeon GPU. The CPU is very similar to the Xbox 360’s and is IBM Power-based.

Apparently the console will not come with a hard drive, but will take various types of alternative mediums. Also, the Wii U will use an unannounced disc format which can store up to 25GB. The console manufacturer did not reveal the disc format, but considering the storage size its not inconceivable that its blu-ray.

Here is a full run down of Nintendo’s conference:

  • Nintendo to unveil 3DS lineup – Mario Kart (2011), Super Mario (2011), Kid Icarus (2011), Luigi’s Mansion, and Star Fox 3DS.
  • Kind Icarus for 3DS has 3v3 multiplayer battle mode
  • Virtual Console to be available on 3DS’s eshop
  • Wii U to work independetly of console for basic mini games
  • Wii U launching in 2012
  • All Wii controllers and games are backwards compatible
  • List of games for Wii U: Darksiders II, Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Ghost Recon Online, Alien: Colonial Marine, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, and Ninja Gaiden 3.
  • 3DS eshop to have Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

With the press conference spanning several hours there is bound to be something missing. However, this should provide a summary of the highlights.

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