Nintendo renames Project Café as Wii U at E3

Nintendo is tired of being the pesky kid brother. At the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, just two blocks from the E3 Exp, Reggie Fils-Aime announced Tuesday that Nintendo is cutting to the front of the line. The console formerly known as Project Café will now be named Wii U. While the console’s base unit does not appear much different than the Wii, the graphics demonstration was nothing short of breathtaking.

The good news for current Wii owners is that the Wii U will be able to use the current Wiimote and the balance board. These will of course work in conjunction with the new tablet type controller, the Wii U will use. This new controller will feature a camera, touchscreen, dual analog sticks, microphone, speaker and gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet will also allow you to continue your game locally when the television is off, through WiFi. Details on price and a timeframe beyond next year were not divulged at the Nintendo event.

The big question is whether there will be quality games. It’s a fair question since the Wii was known for a plethora of what has been come to be known as “shovelware.” All indications are that the power of the machine and availability of core game features are making it enticing to third party developers. Some titles already in development for Wii U are; Darksiders 2, Dirt, Aliens:Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Metro: Last Light, Tekken and Ninja Gaiden 3.

In addition to the big Wii U news, the dearth of 3Ds games has an end in sight. Nintendo has a quality line-up of first party titles coming out over the next year. Some of the upcoming titles include a new Super Mario, Mario Kart, Luigi’s Mansion. Other news includes multiplayer for Kid Icarus, the virtual console store for 3Ds and a limited edition gold Wiimote when The Legend of Zelda The Skyward Sword is released.

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