Although the new Wii U is primarily a home video game console, who’s to say you can’t take it with you and play it on the go? You don’t always need the TV screen to see what is being displayed by the Wii U, because of its unique touchscreen controller, the Wii U GamePad.
This means that, for example, if you have your Wii U powered on via a car power adapter, you can play full games, including Scribblenauts Unlimited and New Super Mario Bros. U, on road trips without dragging along a cumbersome TV.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Friday. It’s safe to assume that Reggie will be demonstrating the Wii U ahead of the console’s launch on Sunday, November 18th.
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By simply pressing the TV Control Button on the Wii U GamePad, you’ll have access to digital buttons that allow you to control the television as if you’re using a designated TV remote. The digital buttons, which appear on the new controller’s 6.2 inch touchscreen, allow you to turn your TV on and off, change channels, switch between various inputs, and control volume. The Wii U GamePad’s digital buttons can also function with cable boxes.
Nintendo UK aired its first Wii U commercial during the latest episode of Homeland on Channel 4. At the start of the commercial it clearly states that this a brand new console and controller from Nintendo – just in case people get confused that it’s simply an add-on for Wii. What do you think to the commercial? Was it too gimmicky, or did Nintendo do a good job of showcasing it?
The latest edition of MCV magazine has revealed that Nintendo UK will begin broadcasting their Wii U television campaign on October 17th. The first 60 second airing will be shown during the popular TV show The X factor. Nintendo UK marketing and PR director has told the magazine that Nintendo UK will be spending the same amount on advertising as they did when they launched the original Wii console in 2006.
Depending on your home size, the Wii U GamePad can or cannot be used around your house. Apparently, for best performance, the Wii U GamePad needs to be about eight meters or less from the Wii U console. In terms of how many feet the controller can be taken away from a powered-on Wii U, it’s about 24.
…Is there a limit on the distance that you can take the [Wii U] GamePad away from the system?
“There is. And it’s… Of course, when we’re generally giving limits on things like that, and I think the same thing can be said for the Nintendo 3DS battery life… We tend to be more conservative, because we’re looking at it from a performance perspective. What, really, is the range where you’re going to get the best performance out of that? And you’re going to get the best performance within a range of about… They had a very precise number at one point. In meters it’s like eight meters. In feet it’s about 24 feet. That’s for best performance.”
-Bill Trinen, Nintendo product manager
Developer Two Tribes says that there is no delay to gameplay when Toki Tori 2 is running on the Wii U GamePad’s screen. Collin Van Ginkel, the co-founder of Two Tribes, claims that during the developer’s test setups, the Wii U GamePad’s screen updated even quicker than their LCD TVs. Van Ginkel speculates, however, that the Wii U GamePad’s signal breaks down when players move far away from the Wii U console.
Two Tribes has said there’s no slowdown when playing the game on Wii U’s GamePad instead of television. What are some things that can cause slowdown for any game running on the controller?
“It’s even the opposite. In our test setups we see the GamePad screen updating quicker than our LCD TV’s if we send the exact same image to both. My guess, but this is pure speculation, is that the only time you may have missing visuals, and thus a delayed update, is when the signal breaks down when you move too far away from the console.”
It was reported yesterday that Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada said that using two screens for Wii U fighting games can be distracting. Earlier today, Harada claimed that he did not say ‘distracting’ but instead said the word ‘difficult’ when referring to the Wii U GamePad and its connectivity with the TV screen. Below is Harada’s revised quote.
“Looking at the small screen [Wii U GamePad] and the big [TV] screen at the same time is pretty difficult for a fighting game. So we’re thinking of making it useful as a way of having shortcuts.”
“Or, by making progressing through the game more convenient. Or by playing alone on the GamePad screen.”
Nintendo detailed many functions of the Wii U GamePad during the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct. Nintendo revealed that you can use it as a universal TV remote - all you have to do is press the TV Control Button, which is just left of the Power Button. Nintendo also promised that the Wii U GamePad will act as a TV guide by showing information about television programs on its touchscreen.
The latest Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword commercial contains plenty of exciting gameplay footage, which is exactly what the public crave. Hopefully this thirty-second TV spot will be on our screens before release to show everyone just how fantastic this game is set to be. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released November 18th in Europe and November 20th in North America.