Japanese gaming firm Nintendo is set to launch a new version of the Wii on November 18 in the U.S. and later in the month in Europe and finally December 8 in Japan. This will be the first time in years that a game console was launched in years. The new Wii will be the first high-definition gaming console for the company but it has a lot of catching up to do with Sony and Microsoft as far as HD consoles is concerned.
Nintendo, the makers of “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong,” will utilize a touch-screen tablet controller with the launch as it hopes to exceed its rivals. The new Wii will also come with improved TV-watching features.
The original Wii brought innovations to the world of gaming not because of its improved graphics and power but because it gave people a new option of playing. Its introduction of motion sensing technology had people getting out of their couch swinging tennis rackets and flailing around in their living rooms.
For the basic model, Nintendo will be selling it at $300 which is $50 more than the price of the original Wii. The deluxe version will be available at $350 and will be available in black color. The latter will have a charging stand for the controller and will come with a 32GB storage and “Nintendo Land,” which contains 12 popular Nintendo games.
Upon its launch, the new Wii will include the new Mario game designed for advanced players of the game. It includes new challenges such as trying to complete a level without touching the ground. Each console will include the all new Wii U GamePad. The controller will pave the way for asymmetrical game play. This will allow multiple players to play a similar game but with various experiences.
Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia admits though that the Wii U technology does not make it the “next generation” gaming console. In fact, sales projections are quite relatively low and Nintendo can only be successful if it equals the amount of Wiis already sold.
The new version of the Wii will also be packed with new entertainment features called Nintendo TVii, which will allow the gamers to watch movies, TV shows, and sports. Users can use the GamePad as a remote control for browsing shows they can watch. This will also allow the users to stream live TV shows and display them on the controller. The feature will allow them to comment live on Twitter and Facebook.