We all knew that the Wii 2 was coming at E3, and it is here! It is actually called the Wii U. That’s two personal pronouns (We and You) all in one!
It is also a screen and controller all in one. That’s right, you don’t have to have a TV to enjoy video gaming goodness. So the next time my wife wants to watch Grey’s Anatomy while I’m wanting to play Lego Star Wars, we will both win. The user has access to a 6.2 inch touchscreen embedded on the controller.
I’m not too surprised that Nintendo didn’t go 3DS on the screen, but the good news is that it has finally gone 1080p HD, compatible with HDMI, component, S-video, and composite cables. it will also have expandable memory with an SD card or external USB HDD (through one of four USB slots). And yes, it is reverse-compatible with the original Wii games.
Of course, you will have to wait until 2012 to get your mitts on it, but it will have games that would probably never had any screen-time on the first Wii such as Batman: Arkham City, the next Assassin’s Creed game, and others.
I wish I could have got a picture of the Wii U to show you, but the line to it was just way too long at the E3 Nintendo booth. Maybe I will brave it tomorrow.