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Nintendo's Reggie Talks Wii U at CES

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Nintendo's Reginald Fils-Aime spoke briefly at CES 2012 about the Wii U. In the interview he re-confirmed that the new home console will be launching before Christmas 2012, that news will be released throughout the year, and that Nintendo is aiming to have a wide selection of engaging software at launch and during the launch window.

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Additionally, check out these new shots of the system and controller from CES 2012:

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What are your thoughts on Wii U so far, and Reggie's vague comments?

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I know size isn't everything for consoles...but I still think the Wii u is looking a bit small for what its promising. Again makes me wonder how well it will do against next gen consoles, and hell, even against the PS3...

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The size of it is fine, I mean the PS3 doesn't need to be as big as it is, it has the power brick/PSU on the inside.

Plus, I'm sure the Wii U is designed in such a way to dissipate the heat inside, not only that, but it's running on a completely different chipset to the PS3.

( Edited 11.01.2012 09:24 by Stulaw )

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I wonder if it'll have support for 5.1 audio.

I know it's not the most important aspect, but games on Xbox even had support for it. Just seems a little dated to be using Dolby Pro Logic II again.

Also, I'm pretty sure that woman was flirting with Reggie. Smilie

( Edited 11.01.2012 09:28 by Marzy )

Who in her right mind would want to flirt with Reggie?

Me? Smilie

Darkflame (guest) 11.01.2012 11:22#6

Size is irrelevant really - chips have got smaller and more efficiant. The 3DS has a better gpu spec then the Wii and barely generates any heat. How many 3DSŇõ would fit into the WiiUs size?Smilie

That said, I am still very much waiting for anything about the WiiU to appeal to me. ®more power and a touchscreen® doesn't excite me.
Hopefully when we see some games my mind will be changed. Smilie

I also want to know what exactly comes with the system. We have heard they dont want to go back to non 1:1 controls with Zelda. Fantastic imho. But does that confirm this will come with a wiimote as well? will it be a improved version etc?

Also, that touchscreen badly needs a backfacing camera for AR.

Jim (guest) 11.01.2012 15:24#7

Marzy said:
I wonder if it'll have support for 5.1 audio.

I know it's not the most important aspect, but games on Xbox even had support for it. Just seems a little dated to be using Dolby Pro Logic II again.

Also, I'm pretty sure that woman was flirting with Reggie. Smilie

It has HDMI out so by default it should be supporting digital audio.

Is it me, or does the Wii U's console design seem extremely boring and uninspired?

Nintendo could have redesigned the console, but seeing as the Wii has been out for nearly 6 years now, everyone is familiar with the looks, so when they launch WiiU, consumers will know what it is, they will know what its new features are. Nintendo have gripped their audience they needed to with the Wii, a completely different design, name will and might deter current Wii owners, which most of them are casual gamers.

As for Reggie and Nintendo, not sure why they will keep stuff secret at this stage when you pretty much shown off the console. They might aswell have not showed up at CES if they were not gping to reveal anything new.

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Irfy said:
As for Reggie and Nintendo, not sure why they will keep stuff secret at this stage when you pretty much shown off the console. They might aswell have not showed up at CES if they were not gping to reveal anything new.

They very likely showed up at CES just to let more gaming journalists try out the console, especially those that weren't at E3 last year. More people trying out the console means more Wii U coverage and that ultimately leads to more attention from the media and hype for this year's E3.

I would have preferred if they revealed anything new too but I can see why they didn't do just that.

 
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For me, couldn't be fussed with the console size/looks - rather:

  • I hope Nintendo do find support for 4 Wii U controllers, at least. Reduce the spec of them to try and find a decent price point. 1/2 per console really dents the multiplayer aspects.

  • At least include DVD and CD support - I know people have DVD players yatta yatta, but it's still a useful feature to have. Native music/basic video player useful too.
  • Everything out the box - no waiting for a decent browser, apps and other tidbits.

  • Games, games, games. Needs a solid line-up at launch, with at least a Mario (will prob be NSMB Wii U), several third party releases/ports.

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Also, I'm pretty sure that woman was flirting with Reggie.

It's an honor to flirt with Reggie. Smilie

In regards to the size, it is on the small side, but everything we've heard so far tells us that the machine is more powerful than the PS3. We've also been told that its a 45nm process, which is what the relatively cool running PS3 and 360 Slims use. With new advances in chip technology, I really don't think its very surprising to a see a system more powerful than PS3 and 360 yet still able to run cooler and fit in a smaller box, especially at 45nm. You also have to remember that it isn't likely to have an internal hard-drive or internal PSU.

The real question is how much more powerful. I'm guessing that it'll be a nice bump over the current generation (better than the Wii was over the last anyway). But it'll probably be smoked by whatever Sony and Microsoft come out with. Nintendo generally makes lean, efficient machines, and the Wii U looks to come from that same design principle. Sony and Microsoft on the other hand haven't been afraid to put out monstrous machines as long as they were powerful.

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Irfy said:
everyone is familiar with the looks, so when they launch WiiU, consumers will know what it is, they will know what its new features are.

3DS:
That idea backfires and many people cant clearly see its a new system.

Please give our little random review show a try;
http://randomreviewshow.com/index.html
We have special effects and umm...stuff...

They really need to redesign the Wii U AND give it a new name. The 3DS having a near identical logo and marketing campaign to the DS confused many who thought it was just another iteration of the DS. With everyone and their grandma (quite literally) having a Wii, Nintendo are gonna just confuse them if they go "here's a little white box called WiiU". Smilie

Monkey D Super (guest) 13.01.2012 14:11#15

"At least include DVD and CD support."

This.

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I'll agree that the Wii U would be better off with a new identity, but the 3DS/DS confusion wouldn't be nearly as bad in the Wii's case since it was never remodeled or given a new model variation (aside from colours) in all its 6 years on the market. Yeah, there was the version with GC support removed but it isn't like Nintendo marketed that fact, certainly nowhere near the extent that DS Lite/DSi/DsiXL were shown as superior to their predecessors.
The thing that has me most stoked is if there is a headphone socket in the controller itself. Finally, I won't need to worry about wrestling control of the TV from my brother. Smilie


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Phoenixus said:

The thing that has me most stoked is if there is a headphone socket in the controller itself. Finally, I won't need to worry about wrestling control of the TV from my brother. Smilie

Didn't they kind of advertise the fact that you don't have to fight over the TV anymore when someone else wants to use it since you can just stream the game to the controller? Would only make sense for the controller to have a headphone socket then.

 
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There is a headphone socket in the controller, it's along the top.

( Edited 14.01.2012 09:28 by Stulaw )

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It seems the Wii U will be a pretty powerful system if we refer to Reggie in the LA Times :

"The system is capable to do the most complicated, the most HD-intensive types of games"


Source : http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/ces-2012-catching-up-with-nintendos-reggie-fils-aime.html



( Edited 14.01.2012 10:29 by Nfanboy )

cheesegraterman (guest) 14.01.2012 17:35#20

Reggie is all talk I bet he hasn't even seen the final system yet.

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