When Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at the E3 2011 it was all about the new tablet controller. The financial markets (stock dives) did not understand what Nintendo is trying to do here and why the tablet controller would be a game changer. Honestly neither do I. Yes the tablet is opening some new interesting twists to games, but I do not see the must have appeal that the original Wii generated.
Kotaku's Brian Crecente just published an interview he did with Nintendo's GM Miyamoto. The interview took place shortly after the Wii U unveiling at the E3. Not sure why the interview is just getting published now. The interview has a very different focus to other Wii U pieces. In it Nintendo highlights that the Wii U tablet can be used to access information on the internet. Miyamoto says that there is a problem with using the Internet on TVs and that is the startup time. The Wii U tablet would provide instant on access to the web and content channels.
According to the interview, Miyamoto said that: "You have a screen available at any time that you can check. This dedicated second screen, and the ways people may use it not just for gaming, but to do things like browse the Internet is the Wii U's single biggest design accomplishment." So Nintendo's biggest accomplishment with the Wii U is to make a tablet as we know it from Apple and others. So what is it now? Is the Wii U tablet the essential differentiator for gaming on the Wii U to compete against the Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3, or is Nintendo trying to be the tablet used in the living room competing with the iPad?
Nintendo will have still a lot of work to do to get not only Nitendo fanboys excited about the next Wii console until it launches in 2012.