One has to hand it to Nintendo for being willing to take risks. It kick-started the motion gaming revolution with its Nintendo Wii in 2006. Last year, it made a bold move by announcing the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld gaming device with glasses-free 3D display. Now, it is trying to shake things up again with the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo Wii U is the successor to the massively popular Nintendo Wii. Once again Nintendo is targeting casual users more than hardcore gamers. In fact, Nintendo is officially calling the Wii U a “home console” instead of a “gaming console”.
As you might expect, the Wii U boasts of significantly improved hardware. It has an IBM Power based multi-core CPU, and a custom designed AMD Radeon HD GPU. This means that Wii U games will look at least as good as current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. The Wii U also supports full HD video output, and has a front-facing camera. The console will have internal flash memory, but you can use an ordinary SD card or an external USB hard disk drive to expand its storage. However, the real draw of the console is not its powerful hardware, but its innovative new controller.
The Wii U comes with a tablet-like 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, which also has all the traditional controls, including two analog Circle Pads. The touchscreen can replicate the image being sent to the television, and can be used to continue gaming when the television is unavailable. It can also provide entirely different perspectives and can add an extra dimension to gaming. It’s difficult to describe in words exactly how this controller works. Check out the trailer video embedded below to understand the full potential of the Wii U controller.
Nintendo Wii U Trailer Video
The Wii U supports all Nintendo Wii controllers and up to four Wii Remotes can be connected at once. However, Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed how many Wii U controllers can be paired.
What the Wii U is trying to pull off is ambitious and bold. It will be up to the game developers to leverage the Wii U in an intuitive and ingenious manner. If they succeed, then Nintendo might have another huge hit in their hands. The Wii U is slated to be released in 2012.
Tech Demo Demonstrating the Graphics Prowess of the Wii U
Everybody has his or her own reason to hack Firefox. Mine is usually: “just for fun”.
So, “just for fun”, and to show how far you can go with the extension mechanism, here is a little useless extension I wrote: a Nintendo Wiimote driver for Firefox. What does it do? It brings Wiimote events to web content. You can change tabs with a “forehand/backhand” tennis drive and, in your web page, make your elements move using Wiimote events (rotation, g-force, position, etc.). Web pages, of course, do not support this API. But, with another extension, such as aJetpack or Greasemonkey, you can “hack” a website to add support for the Wiimote.
although the extension is open-source, it works only for Linux currently. Check out this video:
Best buy has the biggest loser game for Wii on sale at $20 with free pickup or $2.95 shipping. The Biggest Loser game is based on the popular US based reality show and provides users with an option to workout while they have fun.
Biggest Loser Wii Features
Complete a four-, eight- or 12-week health and fitness program in which you’ll compete with contestants from prior seasons of the hit TV show
Perform more than 88 exercises, including upper body, lower body, cardio and yoga
Use your Wii Balance Board (not included) to help you perform exercises like squats, knee lifts and lunges
Learn important health and lifestyle tips, including healthy recipes from The Biggest Loser cookbook, a calorie counter and suggestions from personal trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, as well as chefs and contestants
Personalize your experience by selecting your difficulty level, personal goal, trainer and team color and customizing your fitness routine
Train with a friend and compete in weekly challenges
For 1 to 2 players
Amazon has the Biggest Loser Game for $19.99 too, however it is for Nintendo DS. The Wii game sells for $34.99 on Amazon.
Guitar Hero is a highly addictive and interesting game. I remember playing it at my friend’s place and having the fun of my life. If you are a fan of the game, you can buy a copy of the Guitar Hero World Tour game for only $14.55, that is a $34.44 discount and eligible for free shipping if you purchase items more than $25 on Amazon.
You can purchase the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero World Tour for $14.55, PS3 version for $19.99 and Nintendo Wii version for $25.46. Definitely worth the buy, and enjoy strumming those guitar strings.
If you are a gaming fan, you might already have heard of or even played the Guitar Hero game. Guitar Hero has become one of the most played game on several platforms.
Now, the Guitar Hero Store has the Guitar Hero and Band Hero 7-Game Guitar game bundle for Wii at only $139.99. The original cost of the game is $199.99, however after you apply a coupon code, you can buy the game at $139.99.
To get a discount, apply the coupon code 1889(without the quotes), before you can checkout. The game also comes with a free 2 day FedEx shipping and is only available for US and Canada residents.
I literally grew up playing Mario and Super Mario on my age old Nintendo console, and still continue playing it :-). However, the new Super Mario Bros game for Wii costs a whopping $50. But, here is another gaming deal where you can buy Super Mario Bros Wii game for $37.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on this one, head over to eBay and purchase it for a discount of $13, you also get free shipping with it.
Wii fans who haven’t yet bought the console yet, here is you chance to get some discount on the Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports included.
eBay has 10 brand new Nintendo Wii systems for sale which also includes Wii Sports for $169.99 and free shipping. The offer is only valid for the next 22 hours, so go ahead and make a deal if you have waiting for it.
Nintendo is set to cut the price of its gaming Console – Wii which will see the motion control based gaming console retail for 199$. Nintendo had to cut the price of their gaming console after Sony launched the PS3 Slim last month for only 299$ and Microsoft reducing the price of Xbox 360 to 299$ as well. The introduction of PS3 Slim definitely helped Sony as they saw a 104% increase in the sales of their console.
Of the 3 gaming consoles currently available in the market, Nintendo Wii has the weakest hardware and at its current price of 249$, it definitely does not look attractive. Engadget were the first one to post about the price drop on their site. Since its launch 3 years ago Nintendo has never dropped the price of the Wii. The price drop in lieu of the competition is definitely a good news for Wii fans.
I have been a big fan of Nintendo, and most of my childhood I spend playing popular console games such as Mario, Bomber man, Contra, Tetris and more on the console. Though not many have been able to get their hands on the Wii yet, Nintendo plans to change that all by introducing the Wii in the Indian markets on September 30th.