The Japanese video game maker Nintendo on Tuesday unveiled its new Los Angeles home console: the “Wii U” once again placed under the sign of innovation with a joystick equipped with a touchscreen .
The “Wii U”, presented at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the high mass annual video game, to replace the “Wii”, released in late 2006 and now technically obsolete by the PlayStation 3 (PS3) Sony and Microsoft’s XBox 360.
The “Wii U offers a wide and thick white handle equipped with a touchscreen of 6.2 inches (16 centimeters), about one third smaller than the screen of the Apple iPad (9.7 inches) .
Another innovation is the “pad” connected to the console via a wireless connection, includes a front camera to be able to interact with other networked users.
More conventional, the controller is equipped with several game buttons, a directional pad and analog sticks, like the other consoles.
Incorporating a touch screen offers new opportunities for users, such as the possibility of having a menu of options when they play on a big screen television or enjoy the ergonomics specific touch screens.
Other interests: to continue to play by tilting the screen image to the main screen of the controller, then giving the “Wii U tunes handheld.
“We do not need to leave your party when someone comes into the room and want to watch television,” said the boss of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, at the presentation of the console at E3.
With this new console, Nintendo hopes to regain the market players “hardcore” who had abandoned the “Wii” console family, easy to use and addressing both young and elderly and women.
“We’re starting to push the boundaries that have long divided the players,” Iwata said at the E3 show. “For Nintendo, innovation must be at the service of all players.”
The Japanese automaker has not indicated at what price would be sold the “Wii U”, which is scheduled for launch in 2012.