Nintendo To Introduce New Wii U Prototype

Posted: Jun 17 2011, 3:54pm CDT | by , in News | Gaming

Nintendo To Introduce New Wii U Prototype

It's still a work in progress

Developers are about to get their hands on a new version of Nintendo's impending Wii U console.

Within the next month, the company plans to have a brand new prototype of the device ready for developers, many of whom seem to be excited about the console even though the rest of us don't have many details.

Gary Dunn of Sega Europe told Eurogamer in an interview that the Wii U specs are far from being concrete, and even Nintendo's closest partners don't know everything the final version will entail. "It's still a little early. There's another generation of prototype hardware coming out in June or July that's going to give us more information," he said.

When asked how old the current Wii U prototype that Sega had been using was, Dunn remarked that he "better not say."

Some things have already been revealed with the current iteration of the console's development tools, such as having the ability to run high-definition graphics, and understanding the way the controller can interact with the system. That latter point seems to be the one thing that's nailed down, as Nintendo's E3 press conference earlier this month focused almost exclusively on the controller.

Details that are still murky include the actual technical specs, including processing power and disc playback capabilities, as well as online features. Many spectators are holding their breath to see if Nintendo can finally put together an appealing online gaming package that allows gamers to interact and network with one another.

Nintendo's stock price even took a dip after the Wii U was unveiled, because of the lack of specific information and absolutely no mention of the hardware - the Wii U box itself.

Many developers, though, are at least enticed by the new controller. "Clearly the new control mechanic allows some asymmetrical gameplay which we're quite excited about," said Dunn.

Via Eurogamer

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