Wii U

Nintendo's new console, the Wii U, was one of the hottest reveals from E3 2011 and with this Nintendo wrap-up video we cover all aspects of the new console and controller. David Young, Assistant Manager PR for Nintendo of America details the device, including its touch screen, different capabilities, graphics, and more. Young also previews new Nintendo 3DS titles and of course, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. If you missed any of Nintendo's E3 2011 presence, including their booth, you're going to want to check this out.

Nintendo's Wii U Games E3 Preview »

The Wii U is due out sometime next year, but for right now what did you think of Nintendo's E3 2011 offerings? Let us know.

G4's Best of E3 2011! Check Out The Nominees!

The E3 2011 dust is just starting to settle, but we're going to be talking about the games from the show for days, weeks, months, and even years in the case of some of these titles and hardware options. We'll especially be talking about everything that managed to knock our socks off, or at least die trying. Because, you know, our socks can get pungent after four straight days of video gaming action.

Head beyond the break to see G4's complete list of E3 2011 Best Of nominations, and then tune in to X-Play on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 PM Eastern to see who the winners are! Got your own favorites? Chime into the comments below and let us know what you liked, then start the countdown to E3 2012. You only have about 360 days to prepare for it!

UPDATE: Now you can check out all of the winners!

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E3 2011 was huge for Nintendo and their new console, the Wii U. That's why we brought in our 360 degree camera so you could place yourself right in the middle of the action and scope out The Big N's booth for yourself. While we were able to skip the hour-long lines for you, we haven't yet invented a way for you to reach through space and time to interact with what you'll see. But hey, there's always next year right?

Click the image below to be taken to the 360 camera's Nintendo page, where you can click and drag at any point to look around.

Nintendo E3 2011 360 camera

I personally made a little game to find people who were obviously intrigued by our magical contraption and follow them like an all-knowing puppet god, but I obviously have a lot of mental problems. How about you? Enjoy our 360 camera view of Nintendo's booth? Got suggestions? Let us know!

A Batman: Arkham City audio cassette found at E3 might hold some secrets to the upcoming game. If you remember the Patient Interview Tapes from Arkham Asylum, this sounds very familiar. But where those were interviews with a psychiatrist, in this one Hugo Strange, architect  and overseer of Arkham City, is interviewing prisoner Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) here, and he seems to have her friend Holly Robinson held hostage. Give it a listen.


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Krysta Yang, PR Coordinator from Nintendo, showcased off some of the new Nintendo Wii-U features with this recent E3 2011interview! Discussing their integration with backwards compatibility, new controller aspects, and online features, the Wii U definitely shows us the level of innovation that's synonymous with Nintendo! To help satisfy your curiosity, check out the latest interview  right here!

Wii U E3 Interview »



Tags: Videogames, Wii U

E3 2011 might be over, but it certainly isn't done yet. The Feedback Crew assembled on our G4 stage to talk all things E3, and shouldn't we have that set all the time? It was very swanky. Join Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, Eric Eckstein, Nikole Zivalich, and myself in an info-packed episode of Feedback where we talk about Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, and more! Want to know what we thought about the Sony Vita? The Wii U? Kinectapalooza? Battlefield 3's puzzling tank demo? Tune in and see!


Feedback -- Live From E3 2011 Edition »


Feedback: Delightfully ready to slip into a post-E3 coma. At least until some good games come out.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

Wii U E3 2011

The Wii U from Nintendo might only support one controller per console at launch, according to Shigeru Miyamoto in an interview with Australian magazine Switched On. While Nintendo is currently researching what to do about "if someone brings their controller to their friends house and they want to play together on Wii U," as Miyamoto put it, the current direction seems to be towards using a Nintendo 3DS as substitution for another Wii U controller.

"...it might be just more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that," Miyamoto said.

What this makes me wonder - and worry, if just a little - is the Wii U cost of both console and controller. It may be more convenient from a technology perspective to utilize already-existing hardware like the 3DS, but unless the Wii U controller is triple-figure priced, it can't be more convenient from a consumer perspective to pick up a $250 piece of hardware if all they want is a second controller for their home console.

When it comes to the Wii U, what we know is still minimal compared to what we could know. As Nintendo continues to release information, research and specs about the system we'll keep you updated. But in the meantime, why don't you tell us what you think of this latest detail?

Source: News.com.au

Tags: E3, E3 2011, Wii U

Wii U E3 2011

Reporting by Adam Rosenberg

There was some confusion at the Nintendo press conference at E3 2011 over the Wii U. Is it an extension of the existing Wii? A totally new console? EA boss John Riccitiello offered some clarification later in the presentation when he actually used the words "new console," but Ubisoft was the focus of Nintendo's third-party roundtable, which revolved entirely around the 2012 console and its tablet controller.

The session kicked off with a few words of praise for the French publisher from Nintendo prez Satoru Iwata, who was eventually joined onstage by Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot. We soon after learned that Ubisoft currently has five Wii U titles in development: Ghost Recon Online, Killer Freaks from Outer Space, an unspecified Assassin's Creed game, a Raving Rabbids game a fifth mystery title.

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E3 2011 came with its usual grip of press conferences, and, in this E3 2011 Live Feedback, Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, and G4tv.com's Eric Eckstein talked about the good, the bad, and the weird from the Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo presentations.

Check it out now.


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Ninteno's announcement of their much awaited "hard core" console spawned more questions than it did answers on the E3 2011 floor. What is this weird new controller? Is there a new console? Does it support HD? What on earth does U actually stand for? We can't claim to have all the answers, but we do have a lot of images right out of Nintendo's E3 '11 Press Conference.

Wii U E3 2011

Is it cool? Yeah. Is it innovative? Check. Is it utopian? We probably wouldn't go that far, but you can decide that for yourself in the full Wii U gallery.

Tags: Videogames, Wii U

Wii U Hands-On Impressions -- Battle Mii and Zelda HD

The Wii U from Nintendo may be partly to blame for Nintendo stock closing more than five percent lower on June 7, 2011 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Forbes has reported. The reveal of the upcoming console's controller elicited cheers from journalists and press at the Nintendo E3 2011 press conference, but stock traders are not often of the tech geek variety.

Instead, they feel nervous, unsure if the system will sell well, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Co. said. Particularly when parked alongside similar products like the iPad and the prevalence of social media gaming, the Wii U just isn't holding investors' confidence. The Wii brand likely isn't helping either, as sales for that system have slowed and thus cut Nintendo profits in half since back in 2009.

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Adam Sessler is deeply embedded at E3 2011, where the biggest news of the show is the introduction of Nintendo's new console, the Wii U. The system is a bit perplexing, with its controller with a built-in screen and focus on both hardcore and casual audiences, so Adam is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the device.

Check out Sessler's Soabox below, for Sess's always-enlightened, always-amusing reaction to the Wii U!

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Wii U Hands-On Impressions -- Battle Mii and Zelda HD

During its E3 2011 press conference, Nintendo made doubly sure to reinforce that the “games” on display for its newly revealed Wii U tablet/console are actually just bite sized “experiences” that have been designed to showcase the Wii U’s potential.One of these “experiences” was a three-player sci-fi shooter called Battle Mii where two players use traditional Wii remotes to run around a space-age map firing laser pistols at the third player who uses the Wii U tablet controller (aka the Umote, as I’m calling it) to pilot a flying saucer, trying to take out the players on the ground.

While the two players have split-screen views on the traditional monitor, the third player has an entirely different view since they’re piloting the ship. You use face buttons to shoot (tap for laser beam, hold for missile) and tilting and turning the controller changes the camera angle. While the screen itself is crisp and the device lighter and more comfortable to hold that I was expecting, the actual controls were kind of awkward.

First off, you have to hold the table straight out in front of you to “center” the camera. If you hold it lower, like you would if you were sitting down, the camera tilts over the ship, giving you a great view of the top of your head. Pushing up and down of the right thumbstick raises and/or lowers your craft, while left and right turn it slightly, but not enough to actually turn around. You have to use a combination of tilting/turning the tablet and the thumbstick s (left controls your speed) to get your bearings. All the while you’re trying to shoot tiny enemies on the ground that have zero problem picking you out of the sky as you (i.e. me) spins around like an idiot trying to get someone in my sights.

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GameFly To Offer Unlimited PC Play Later This Year

If you want a quick and dirty view of the desires of gamers (and really, who doesn't?), there's no better source than the weekly stats that video game rental house Gamefly sends out. As you might have guessed, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim tops the list of the most popular cross-platform titles for last week, followed by Saints Row: The Third and Batman: Arkham City. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 continue their perpetual battle, fighting for the fourth most requested spot.

If you click the "Read More" tag, you'll be rewarded with a full, platform-by-platform breakdown of the most requested games from GameFly last week. It's so in-depth, you can even see what games are being rented for the GameBoy Advance! Neat!

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