Nintendo unveiled the next generation Wii dubbed Wii U on Tuesday at the E3 2011. The highly anticipated unveiling of the new Wii confirmed the rumors of a new tablet controller. The concept of two screen gaming at first looked weird and unique. Now it just is weird and in my opinion will be just a fad. The uniqueness has gone away as Apple will launch AirPlay mirror for the iPad and game developer Firemint announced Real Racing 2 HD that will use AirPlay mirroring for two screen gaming.
Real Racing 2 HD will not just do mirroring, but actually display different information on the tablet. Appl you need for two screen gaming is an iPad 2 and an Apple TV. iOS 5 will bring AirPlay mirroring this fall and we expect other iOS game makers to leverage this feature. The Wii U is scheduled for a 2012 release. Apple will offer tablet console gaming way ahead of Nintendo.
Sony unveiled the PS Vita at the E3 2011 and is able to enable two screen gaming in connection with a Sony PS3. Sony already made comments to provide SDKs to game makers to bring two screen gaming to PS3 and PS Vita owners.
I am really underwhelmed with the Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo landed an amazing hit with the Wii 2006. The motion controllers of the Wii made the console unique and made console gaming accessible to new consumer groups like seniors. The Wii became a cultural phenomenon. Nintendo sold 86 million Wii consoles to date. I do not see the Wii U coming even close.
Nintendo really needs to go back and think about what just happened this week. The tablet controller got a mixed reception and is not going to be unique. The rest of the Wii U is supposed to just match what the PS3 and the Xbox 360 can do today. Based on what we know today the Wii U will not be a must have console. Gamers will have other options including the iPad and the Sony PS Vita to get the Wii U gaming experience. The Wii U will also not be really cheap. Pricing is expected to be around $300.
In the end Nintendo fans will still get the Wii U to play Nintendo exclusive titles in HD. I am also sure Nintendo will actually have other controllers for the Wii U as well. The tablet is not ideal for all games.?>