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Wii U Console To Be "Invisible", Controller Is Key

Felix Kemp
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Wii U Console To Be "Invisible", Controller Is Key

The reveal of the Wii U wasn't quite as successful as Nintendo hoped; what with the decidedly mixed reception and the drop in shares that followed. And while company president, Satoru Iwata, claims he has no regrets over their showing, but does concede they should have at least shown "a single picture" of the console itself, rather than focusing entirely on the controller.

The console itself is not "drastically different", explains Iwata; that's why their E3 presentation focused almost entirely on the new controller. "We haven't made any kind of blunder," reveals Iwata to the Evening Standard. "But I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller". There was a fair bit of confusion surrounding the Wii U's reveal. Was it just a controller you hooked up to a Wii? Or was it more akin to a portable device you could run on your telly?

It's neither, actually. The Wii U is a console, too, a snug little white box with innards much more powerful than its predecessor. It happens to sport a revolutionary controller, too. "The console is not drastically different," Iwata explains, "Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible".

Iwata then addressed concerns brought up by analysts and shareholders, who have cast doubt on the Wii U's ability to replicate the success of its predecessor. "They cannot see how this can be a game changer," Iwata reveals. "What Wii U will offer will be very different. But I believe we have the strong potential to change the entire format of video games and of entertainment".

Jon and Matt have got their hands on Nintendo's next console over at E3, so expect a deluge of impressions, previews and meaty debate very soon. [Evening Standard]

Add a comment2 comments
Gunn  Jun. 10, 2011 at 15:19

They certainly did mess it up, all they had to say was here is the console its basically a Wii with more memory/gfx power but the big difference is the controller and focus on that.

The Gamer  Jun. 10, 2011 at 15:36

I don't think Nintendo have helped themselves by releasing details of the Wii U so soon after the 3DS was made available. Even most hardcore Nintendo fans won't be keen on buying two consoles in as many years.


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