Holiday’s Best Buy : The Nintendo Wii U

Image Courtesy : Pocketlint

Image Courtesy : Pocketlint

Somewhere lurking in the deep, mysterious dungeons of our hearts, rebuked to silence by our great daily boring routines there is a gamer in all of us. Most of us were playing video games as toddlers and teenagers, having the times of our lives, enjoying from dawn to dusk, enjoying till the fat lady sang (in most cases – a big, bulky, punishment-stick-wielding Chemistry teacher), and then something terrible happened, something that shook our lives and took away all those moments of unbridled fun and joy, and we bid adieu to the little gamer in us. That terrible thing was the fact that – we grew up.

There have been gaming consoles and then there was the Sony PlayStation series swallowing up its competition, setting benchmarks for high end gaming consoles, it still is a force to be reckoned with. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 revolutionized the modern gaming engine and lead the way in ground breaking graphical work. And then there has been Nintendo, the console for the less serious gamer (read kids and toddlers).

Enter – Nintendo Wii U.

Simply put the Wii U is the heir to the throne of the Nintendo Wii game empire. It is also the most advanced gaming console on the planet. From the makers of one of the most loved games of all times – The Legend of Zelda™ –  comes the answer to Sony’s world console dominance  and Microsoft’s graphical genius. Introduced at the E3 2012 earlier this year, the console is on fire across India and the South East Asian markets. And this holiday season can see it rise to the top of the game console echelons.

What makes the Wii U special is the fact that its not just a game console. This is how Satoru Iwata described the Nintendo Wii U-

“Wii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together” – Satoru Iwata, President, Nintendo.

Nintendo 3DS™, which lets users see 3D images without the need for special glasses, was launched in the United States earlier this year and continues to evolve all the time. Here are some of the other specs of the Wii U to get your thumbs itching for a scratch.

For the little gamer in you.

  • The Wii U is a portable gaming system.
  • The Wii U is a tablet computer.
  • The Wii U is a game controller.
  • The Wii U is a sketching/drawing tool for the artist in you.
  • It lets you see stunning 3D graphics without the need for a 3D glass.
  • It brings back all the great games from the times we were young, for example Super Mario Bros more refined in High Definition.
  • It introduces a new style of game play described by Nintendo as – Asymmetric gaming wherein different players playing the same game at the same time get a totally different gaming experience compared to each other based on the controller they use.

For the Nerd in you.

The Wii U has –

  • 6.2-inch touch screen controller
  • Front-facing camera
  • Sensors : Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • Rumble feature
  • Microphone
  • Two speakers – L and R
  • Classic Controller buttons – two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons
  • Support full HD graphics
  • Nintendo 3DS™ – 3D images without the need for special glasses
  • Wii U console will use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers
  • Compatible with classic Wii Remote controllers as well as backward compatibility with all Wii games
  • HDMI Port
  • Slot-loading optical drive
  • Sync button
  • SD card slot
  • USB ports

Now for that moment when I give you more nostalgia to chew upon. My favorite quote about gaming and gamers. Come to think of it, this applies to all of us –

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

This holiday season we recommend you get yourselves one of these, because you just have to! just like old times, reload the gamer in you with truck loads of energy bars. Let’s revisit that famous and adorable moustache sporting Italian plumber once more. Are you game?

Attention Grabber : Price quoted on various websites puts the Nintendo Wii U in and around the $300 or INR 15k – 18k range.


E3 2012 : Highlights!

The E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo is known to be the ultimate and the best expo in the video game industry, giving the world’s best Video Game companies a huge platform to present their games !

The once in a year, two day event is hosted at the  Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) in Los Angeles. The E3 2012 showed us some highlights of the latest entries in interactive games for computers, handhelds, consoles and many more. Lets have a look at some of the highlights that E3 showcased this year :

Watch Dogs is among the most eagerly awaited titles of the year.

  • Watch DogsWatch Dogs was this year’s biggest surprise presented by Ubisoft. The games graphics, plot, mind-blowing action and the originality of the game was what won the hearts of the crowd.
  • God Of War : Ascension – Now everyone who has ever played a video game should know about this one ! Arguably, one of the best game-series I have played till date. After the first three parts of the game, in E3 we saw the demigod Kratos back in action once again with his deadly double-chained blades in the 4th part.
  • Devil May Cry – After the awesome series of 5 Devil May Cry games, in the E3 2012, Ninja Theory gave us the sixth part. originally made by Capcom in 2001, DMC was introduced as a sequel to Resident Evil. But the popularity it gained forced the company to make it a separate property and it paid off. Dante, the protagonist gets more guns, moves and enemies to kill !

E3 gave Nintendo a good platform to showcase its games. Nintendo presented two dozen games for the Nintendo Wii U, latest to its edition. At last year’s E3, Nintendo introduced the world to the Wii U, its high-concept replacement for the Wii. It was weird then, it still is. This year, they gave us two dozen games, but missed out on the basics of it.

The Nintendo Wii U.

People still get confused with the functionality of the controller. Being made by the genius, it seems as if Wii U will be played by the genius as well and not by the common man. When the Nintendo Wii U was launched, it was supposed to have two GamePad tablets but this year’s E3 showed us just 1 to play with. Gamers are not even sure of the range of the GamePad tablet. Surely it’s not what a gamer wants, that is  to be playing games using something he does not know how to use.

Lets hope E3 2013 gives us some better games, consoles and hopefully Nintendo comes out with a better platform to play on.

PS: Never Stop Playing!

(The Author is a Student of Technology based in New Delhi, India).