Nintendo Direct Pre-E3 Show

Just a few minutes ago, Nintendo’s Global President, Satoru Iwata hosted a  30 minute show, briefly discussing the hardware of the Wii U. The main reason for the Pre-E3 show is to explain the Wii U hardware concepts, as their E3 Press Conference this Tuesday will focus mainly on games for their new console which is a very good thing. 

First of all, the Wii U controller is now officially called “Wii U GamePad” and now sports a new design form its prototype first premiered at E3 last year. The new and final design features a supporting back surface for comfort and clickable analog sticks. Iwata compares the pad to the NES controller which is why they saw it fit to name the Wii U GamePad in a similar fashion. The game pad also features a NFC reader to place cards/ figures for scanning and a TV button to remotely turn the TV on or off. Motion and gyro sensors are implemented in the Wii U GamePad as well. There will be no delay on the GamePad when streaming and the Wii U will also support all Wii related control options. The Wii U Pro Controller was also revealed and it looks like a sleeker, black Xbox 360 controller.

The Miiverse was announced. When the system is first powered on, players will see their friends Miis all on the home screen. It will act as a communication hub of sorts. Whatever game you’re playing, you’re friends will be able to immediately know via their Mii character. The Miiverse will allow to share in game content such as screenshots and message sneding between systems will also be available. Your Miiverse will be accessible on the Wii U, 3DS, PC and mobile devices, however, it will only be available on Wii U at launch. The Internet browser is also confirmed and you will be able to send whatever you browse on the pad, to the TV. 

So Nintendo Direct has shown us great new features with its hardware and functionality. We all heavily look forward to Tuesday’s E3 Press Conference where Nintendo will unveil their launch of games for the Wii U.