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Nintendo reveals Miiverse, Wii U GamePad, and more

Wii U pro controller
Nintendo just wrapped up their Nintendo Direct video stream, where they talked about the Wii U, and some of the new features for the console. They revealed that the official name for the controller is the Wii U GamePad, and revealed that the controller supports dual analog sticks that are clickable, the NFC technology, and much of what we already knew. They also added that the GamePad will be able to work without the TV screen at all, and that there’s a button to switch between the TV and controller. In one of the videos, a black Wii U was also showcased, which could indicate several Wii U models at launch.

Wii U Miiverse

Another thing that was announced was Miiverse, which is a sort of social network for the Wii U, Miiverse lets players connect their Miis with their online friends, post status updates, share screenshots and videos, and more. Players can also use the Wii U stylus to send handwritten messages to friends, or to even send drawings. the Miiverse is standard on the console as part of the Wii U operating system.

Wii U Pro controller

Finally, the company also unveiled the Wii U Pro Controller, which features advanced button layout for those who want a more classic controller to play their games with. The Wii U pro controller is expected to be sold separately and won’t be bundled with the Wii U console. Nintendo also teased about the “powerful Wii U hardware”, which they said will be showcased next week during E3.

We’ll have a detailed report on all of the announcements made during the presentation, but it looks like Nintendo is setting itself up for a big E3 this year.

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  • EvanescentHero

    Don’t forget the GamePad can be used while the console is off as a TV remote.

    • alienfish

      No doubt this will be a huge feature. The easier Nintendo makes it for people to integrate this thing into their entertainment systems, the better.

  • JFOIDSHGODSIA

    And let’s not forget a nice and shiny black Wii U was revealed.

    • alienfish

      F*** YES!

      That is all.

    • EvanescentHero

      Yeah, I’ll be getting that one if it’s available at launch…and considering how much Nintendo likes to match console/peripheral colors, and considering the Pro Controller is black (and I can’t imagine them launching the system without that controller available for purchase), I think there’ll be at least two Wii U colors available at launch.

      • F

        I can’t wait!! I’ll be getting the black one. Black just goes with everything, you know?

        • EvanescentHero

          Agreed! Absolutely getting the black one.

          • uPadWatcher

            I prefer the black one also. It would look even more EPIC when playing Batman: Arkham City!

  • Joe

    The pro controller is sick!!!! love it :D

  • Tom

    That Wii U Pro controller looks ace but er…a bit familiar to Xbox 360 gamers perhaps? However in that argument the 360 controller is one of the best dual analog controllers ever so Nintendo were smart to take inspiration from them rather than the lacklusre dual-shock controller for PS3, Yuck!

    • icanseeu

      Hasn’t the “clickable” dual analogue sticks taken some inspiration from the same lacklustre Dual-Shock pads?

    • EvanescentHero

      Also, there’s only so much variation a “core” controller can have, shape-wise. The actual shape of the controller is similar, but the stick locations, the D-Pad, and the size and shape of the buttons is different. Plus, hey, it looks like I won’t be popping open the Wii U Home Menu every time my thumb misses the pause button, because the Home button on this controller isn’t the biggest damn thing about it, unlike the 360 controller. =P

    • Miks

      Well, it may just be similar, because it’s the best ergonomic option. Also, I think the sticks are way better, because the right stick is where the A, B, etc. buttons would usually be.

      • EvanescentHero

        It was smart of them to preserve the GamePad’s layout on the Pro controller. It’ll help people swap straight from the Pad to the Pro without having to readjust.

  • alienfish

    You know, I totally called this one. I’ve even sent messages to Nintendo saying they should create a more traditional controller if they really want to get a hardcore gamer’s attention. My mind is truly blown by how awesome this new Miiverse (however strange that sounds) is going to be. I am SO So psyched for this new console!

    • EvanescentHero

      However much people may smack Nintendo down for appealing to “casual” and “social” gamers, the Miiverse is an awesome idea and even core gamers will be able to use it. You’ll have pretty much instant access to it in every game, meaning all your friends are accessible at the press of a button, and it’ll be so much faster to get help in games if you need it. Plus, possible Livestreaming capabilities, anyone? How cool would that be?

      • EvanescentHero

        Oh, also, I’m almost certain they’ll let you turn those messages off if you like. Can’t imagine wanting to see people’s comments while I’m playing Zelda…

      • alienfish

        They didn’t talk about cross game chat or even the ability to use a headset. I hope they talk more about these things at their full presentation on Tuesday.

        • EvanescentHero

          With a camera built right into the controller, there’s no way we won’t be able to chat during games. There’ll probably be a headset, but at the very least, we can probably talk through the controller.

  • icanseeu

    That Wii U pro controller looks familiar………

    • alienfish

      Kinda makes you wonder which gamers Nintendo is REALLY after huh? They’d probably be facing a lawsuit if they moved that right analog stick below the buttons lol.

      • deku

        yeah somewhat, but it´s like nintendo putting a lawsuit to who we know for using the ABXY format for the buttons

        • alienfish

          True. Notice my lol at the end, I wasn’t being serious.

    • Miks

      It’s the best ergonomic option, what the hell would you prefer, a Dual-Shock shaped controller, or a 360 shaped controller. Also the D-Pad is better, and the right stick is better placed :P

  • Fuzunga

    Personally, I think the Pro controller has that layout because it matches the Gamepad exactly. It’ll take some getting used to probably, but it looks sweet! And you know 100 peripheral manufactures are going to make their own versions with different layouts.

    And Miiverse blew my damn mind! I think if you controlled your Uverse TV with your Miiverse-enabled gamepad it would be like dividing by zero.

    • alienfish

      Hey, watch it. Only Chuck Norris can divide by zero. You wouldn’t want to anger him now would you?

  • Skozo

    Love the new control, only problem is the button layout. I wish they can make it like they did with the gamecube, to make button integration much easier. Minor, but I wouldn’t mind getting used to it

    • EvanescentHero

      Yeah, my favorite controller ever is definitely the GameCube one, but core gamers generally didn’t like it, so they weren’t gonna set it up that way again.

  • david6

    I like it. But i still wanted a red one. But im gonna buy a black one cause i want a mii

    • david6

      But i did want a red one but i like it anyways

  • FruitParkMundi

    I really like this second controller. I’ll be getting the system in white, because my whole entertainment center is black. So a white console would stand out nice. This additional controller will also seem to solve the multiplayer problem. Even if it can only support one tablet controller. The other players can use pro controllers. Which are more familiar than the other players using old Wii Motes, because well they aren’t exactly comfortable. I’ll totally play on the new tablet controller, and ill have to get a couple pro controllers too. They look great. I’m psyched!

  • gobbledegubber

    Did anybody catch if two tabs were confirmed I thought he said something could not understand.

    • alienfish

      They didn’t say anything about that. Although, I think the pro controller kind of answers that question in that we will be getting a better multiplayer option than before. Two screens would be nice, but I’m not sure it would be reasonable while still keeping a nice price point, know what I mean? Another thing is that the resources the system would need to run another small screen, not to mention sending 60fps of data, would be quite high and would undoubtedly impact the overall visuals of the game.

      • EvanescentHero

        I really don’t think there’s any way we WON’T get support for two GamePads. Four might be out of the question, but two is a reasonable, pretty much guaranteed number. What if there’s a multiplayer game that requires a screen per player? Or what if two people want to play a multiplayer game without the TV? So I’m assuming support for two is included. Four, I’m not sure. But two, yeah.

  • CandCmen

    This is a dream come true IMO. Anyone agree?

    • Dan7el(WiiU day one purchase)

      Yes. That controller…oh man that is awesome!

  • Death

    Haha my whole center is white, so I’ll be picking up a black one.
    This has just blown my mind tbh. I really was not expecting this, which is pretty unusual for me. I’ll be picking the new controller up as well.

  • Solboogie

    The Black Wii U looks sick and so does the Pro Controller! Im getting a black one! Something about it kinda reminds me of the old Genesis controller. A-ight now I officially cant wait!

  • 3ds guy

    Bring on tuesday cant wait to pre order paying off in full make sure get 1 black wiivu for me had a white wii already im having a hard job convincing x box people to change over but once i have it seeing is beliving aslong as wii can out do ps an x box on graphics an games for a year then wii will have success again head start on the comp wise moves an 2 controllers wot more could u want

  • lag#

    Tha wii u pro controller is rechargable!!!!

    • Alienfish

      Looks like it. Hopefully it will be USB chargeable and not use some proprietary plug like 3DS does. It’s hard to tell from the angle.

  • Captain Olimar

    Once you go black you can’t go back!

  • portus

    wernt nintendo the first to use xyab on thier snes controllers so they are not copying thier, wernt nintendo the first to bring out analog sticks (thumb sticks) and for the ps3 crowd in SMW on snes the magic koopas move is were it fires out shapes is exactly the same button and colours of playstation buttons. Nintendo i would say shaped the way for the modern controller.

    • Neonridr

      just because it looks like a 360 controller doesn’t mean it’s a copy. It just means that Microsoft actually did something right with the shape of their 360 controllers. Nintendo obviously agrees that taking their basic shape and tweaking it slightly was the way to go. I’ve always loved holding the 360 controller so I am happy that for games I don’t use the gamepad for, I will have this as my backup controller..

      Can’t wait for tomorrow! The roof on E3 will be blown off! Imagine the scene from The Wizard when they lift the wall and showcase Super Mario Brothers 3 for the first time… this will have that same feeling! Go Nintendo!

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