This year at E3, the one item I'm most excited about is the Nintendo Wii U, their new console set
to launch sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. It is a very cool design, integrating what is basically a tablet into its controller. I've been very excited to learn more about what titles and accessories will be available for this shiny new device.
Now details are beginning to pour in. Some very positive new items include the announcements of Nintendo Wii U games Mass Effect 3, Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and Zombie U. Nintendo also revealed Nintendo Land, a mini-game collection designed to help those who purchase the system acquaint themselves with the unique controller.
On the negative side, however, was the news that the Wii U controller battery only lasts for 3-5 hours on a single charge and the revelation that using two GamePads (the official name for the tablet controller) will slow the system's framerate.
Other reveals include a "Hardcore" controller designed for more traditional console games and the confirmation of Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube as content partners on the system (finally bringing the system closer to matching up with the current generation consoles of their major competitors).
Personally, I'm very excited to get my hands on the Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo has a reputation for developing quality first-party titles, and I can't even imagine the cool concepts that third-party developers will be able to integrate into their games.
Benjamin Sell been playing video games for over twenty years now and has owned every major console and lost countless hours of his life to many of the most high-profile MMOs, starting with Ultima Online, through Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, Dark Age of Camelot, City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft.