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Meet “U”, Watch Video

By now you know that Nintendo released the video seen below before E3 officially started, and at the same time kinda pulled a fast one since Microsoft historically gets the first word.  But Sunday’s release of the video not only steals some of that “me first” limelight it accomplished a few things for Nintendo.

With the video the company gets out of the way explaining in great detail the new console, how they came about the design and many of unit’s new features.  Now when they hold their actual live presentation on Tuesday (at noon) they can spend all of that time showing off the new games, software and Miiverse (the new social platform they are launching).

The video is 30 minutes.  Much of it is woefully painful to watch.  Not sure why they decided to let company President, Satoru Iwata stand and deliver, but his shaky English and v e r y s l o w delivery makes for some tedious viewing.  Additionally, the highly produced explanation/scenario “videos inside the video” and that typical Japanese style of how they present things – very, very literally – provides for some comedy that ends up making the video worth watching.

The “U” (peet:  The seemingly very angry commenter below is correct, the actual name is “Wii U”, but everyone I know and myself has been calling it simply “U”, or the “Nintendo U” – again, he’s correct, so here is my admission he is right and I am half-assed.) is going to end up winning or losing on what amazing gameplay Nintendo can pull off with this new cross platform idea.  Some of what they show where you overlay the controller screen in front of your larger display is very interesting stuff.  But like Microsoft’s Kinect, if there isn’t a great game to play, it doesn’t matter how cool the tech is.

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Is This the New Nintendo Controller?

Twitter is a dangerous thing, especially if you’re trying to privately send a pic of something that no one is supposed to see.  No, not nudes – a pic of the upcoming Nintendo U controller.

The Twitter account @MATTYBOOSH, which was established back in 2008, has been washed from Twitter as it was the place to find the pic you see here.  Very likely this is what the controller for the U will look like and is slightly different than what Nintendo showed off at last year’s E3.  The image was uploaded via someone that works for Traveller’s Tale Games (maker of several Lego-themed games), according to GamesRadar, and likely was a misplayed direct message, instead going out for mass consumption.

What makes this interesting is the idea that the controller is also a handheld gaming console so when, as demo’d in the video below, some jerky-jerk comes into the room and bogarts the TV you can continue playing your game right there in your hands.

The U is due to go on sale this winter, although there are no official release dates.

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