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After weeks of debate, weeks of wondering it’s finally here, the successor to the Wii…..The Wii U, and whilst it does sound like an infant making the noise of a police cars siren, it actually looks interesting.

Upon first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Wii U as….well…..a Wii. It doesn’t seem too much different from the Wii, but then you turn it on and you see the difference.

For the first time ever Nintendo are upgrading to HD graphics, one of the big selling points of the more ‘serious’ game consoles. With HD graphics, even games like Wii Sports will look good, and it doesn’t stop at Wii Sports, Nintendo have more planned. Games such as Tekken, Batman: Arkham Assylum and Dirt are amongst some of the titles that are going to grace the Wii U. And for the less ‘hard-core gamer’ there are going to be new versions of smash brothers, and almost certainly an updated, upgraded version of Wii Sports amongst others.

Wii U Console

Wii U console.......Huh!? Looks like a console I've played before

This now opens up a window that Nintendo have never really tried to break into and that is the hard-core gamer market. With titles such as Tekken (And almost certainly other games classified as hard-core) coming to the system this may attract a different type of gamer to the console. However, hard-core gamers may still feel as though the Wii U is still just as ‘kidified’ as Nintendo always have been. But who knows I may be wrong.

But the main selling point of the Wii U, in fact the main thing on show at E3 has got to be the controller. Now Nintendo are nothing new to having different, innovative controllers, and this has to go down as one of the best, whilst also annoying (Read on to find out why). The controller is a touchscreen, yes they have finally jumped on the bandwagon and released a touchscreen controller.  So what can this baby do, what it can’t do is cook you breakfast, but apart from that it’s impressive. If your ‘friend’ or dad wants to watch TV you can take your game onto the controller, good yes, surprising, not really. It’s a motion controller, so you could use it like you did the Wii mote and use it to move your character, or drive a car or anything like that. It has a camera, so you can video chat, and I’m sure some games companies will come up with impressive uses for it too. And whilst this is all great and whilst the preview of what the controller can do is impressive (See it for yourself here) it opens up other questions. For instance, are hard-core gamers going to feel that this is an unnecessary add-on? How responsive is it going to be? Why does it look like an Apple I-Pad? And what the hell am I going to do with this, where’s my controller? And the big one…..How much is it going to cost me if I need another one?

Wii U Controller

Wii U Controller - Flashy, but potentially pricy

Which brings me nicely around to pricing. There has been no official word on pricing, just that it would be ‘competitive’ with the other consoles. Pundits reckon the console will start at $299, whilst the controller will start at $99. My guessing is that the console will start at $299, but I can’t see the controller, because of the touchscreen alone, being any cheaper than $150. And then you have to ask yourself, do you want something where the controller costs as much as the console? This is where most people will be put off. And with the latest attack from Lulzsec being on Nintendo, the only system to not have been infiltrated is Microsoft (But your time will come) and people may be put off by that too.

No actual specification was released by Nintendo, although looking around online we did find a supposed ‘internal’ document outlining the (Again supposed) specification which is (Once again supposedly)

CPU – Custom IBM Power 6 Chip (Codename Fox), Quad Core 3.5Ghz

Graphics – Custom AMD RV770 (Codename Wolf) 766Mhz

RAM – 512MB XDR2 DRAM (Main), 1024 GDDR5 VRAM (Video), 16MB eDRAM

Storage – 2.5″ 250/320GB SATA & Expandable storage via SD/SDHC card up to 64GB

Media – Custom Bluray & compatible with Nintendo GameCube Game Discs & Wii Disc

Display – Composite – 480i, S-Video – 480i, Component – 480/720/1080, HDMI – 480/720/1080

But I can’t guarantee that that is real, to look at the ‘actual’ document then click here.

So do I want one, actually, and quite surprisingly yes, but I also wanted one of the original Wii’s, and after 6 months of playing on it, got bored and bought a 360. I see the same being the case for the Wii U, and as always I am asking the same questions that most industry experts are asking.

Can it compete with the consoles that are already acknowledged as ‘serious’ games consoles? Is this the right time for a new console? Can it actually be ‘competitively’ priced? And are people going to switch from their favourite console to this, just because it is newer? And finally the biggie if the Wii only last 6 years, then what’s to stop this console from lasting only that long? Let us know your thoughts

The Wii U is expected for a release date between July and December of 2012