Just moments ago, Nintendo announced their new console will not be a console at all, but a controller that couples with the Wii system. They are calling it the “Wii U”, and developers are already excited about the prospects. The controller has everything current controllers have – motion controls, vibration, etc. – but now includes a small screen that can either feature its own game, or provide an extra screen for the game being played on the TV.
Now that I’m typing this out, it seems really hard to explain without actually being able to look at it. But let me tell you this, it looks unbelievable. Just like the Wii, the Wii U brings us a whole new way to play video games. I imagine it’s going to have some kinks to work out, and it may be a few years before it reaches its potential, but it’s also going to be fun right from the start of its release next year.
I’m not clear yet if you have to buy a whole new Wii, or if the new controller will work with the original Wii, but either way I think we can expect some competitive pricing plans in the tradition of Nintendo. UPDATE: Looks like Kotaku has an image of the new console. People in the comments are complaining, but I don’t see anything wrong with it… plus, you can still use all your Wii equipment like Wii-motes, nunchuks, guns, scales, and wheels.