It was a well known fact that Nintendo would use the E3 convention to showcase its upcoming Wii U console, and it did exactly that, wasting no time introducing a "massive lineup" of third-party games, including new games in the Super Mario Bros., Pikmin, Wii Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, Assassin's Creed, and Just Dance franchises. It wasn't just about the games, however.
Nintendo covered a variety of topics, including the much-hyped touch-sensitive gamepad that has come to define the Wii U.
"The GamePad doesn't just introduce a new type of game play, it redefines an entire dynamic. With asymmetric game play, multiple experiences are possible in the same game at the same time. That's transformative," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "While games are the focus of this year's E3, the Wii U story also includes the enhanced social connections and integrated entertainment experiences created by the GamePad. We're providing a glimpse of that with the introduction of Miiverse and by revealing partnerships with some of the biggest content providers on the planet."
In addition to touch-screen and motion controls, the Wii U gamepad will include dual analog stick controls and can be used as a remote control for TVs, even when the console is powered down.
On the social side, Nintendo is creating something it calls Miiverse, essentially an online hub for gamers to chit-chat about games and discover new content.
"From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed," Nintendo said in a statement. "After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community."
The Wii U is scheduled to launch sometime this holiday season.