Nintendo has announced the Wii U is scheduled to be released before the end of 2012, in time for the holiday shopping season.
We’ve seen Nintendo consoles go through many iterations over the years. But the Wii U is a video game console unlike any other you’ve seen before.
Perhaps the most notable difference is the tablet-style controller. While the “New Controller” (as the yet unnamed controller is being called) sports the typical 4-button and keypad style, it also boasts a 6.2-inch 1080p screen.
It remains to be seen how this latest innovation from Nintendo will be used functionally with the Wii U console. Nintendo has also not released any information about Wii U games.
The gaming community is abuzz since the console’s sneak peak at E3, but Nintendo remains tight-lipped about details.
Initial reports show that near-simultaneous releases for Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia are planned. But, if Nintendo stays true to form, Japan will likely enjoy the Wii U a few months ahead of the rest of us, in keeping with Nintendo’s release traditions.
For all the hype the Wii U has received, some are skeptical that this is just one more useless device in a dying console market. Others however, believe that this tablet-style controller could be the game changer for video game consoles.
It looks like we’ll have to wait at least until the end of the year to find out!