1UP’s choice for best technology shown at E3 was based on this question – “what hardware or software demoed at E3 offered the greatest potential to change the way we game?” The Wii U is 1UP’s answer and was awarded best technology showcased at E3 2012. The other nominees in the technology category were Square Enix’s Luminous Engine and PlayStation Cross-Platform Play. Xbox SmartGlass, which “makes the Wii U irrelevant,” wasn’t even nominated.
E3 2011 may have featured the unveiling of Nintendo’s next console, but this year was Wii U’s true coming out party, and the possibilities we saw for the technology were intriguing. Games like Rayman Legends, Nintendo Land, and even the Miiverse social component showed how Wii U can offer gaming opportunities unlike any others. In an E3 rife with murky realism and murders a-plenty, it’s nice to know that Nintendo is still out there creating colorful and innovative experiences.