Wii U Launch Brings in Added Excitement

November 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Videogame consoles that once remained simple gaming-dedicated machines have now evolved to what we can call entertainment boxes. Gaming consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo brought to us not only the addictive gaming experience, but also other avenues of entertainments such as web connectivity, social media services, music, videos, and their own dedicated networks.

The gaming industry is now at the point of stepping into the next generation, and as you might have heard, the beginning of this upcoming era is marked by Nintendo’s eight generation console called Wii U.

Wii U’s predecessor Nintendo Wii is a very successful console and it made the introduction of motion sensing gaming in the industry. The Nintendo Wii was considered to be in a separate bubble compared to its competitors Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, as it was more oriented for the casual gamers and had a lack of hardcore gamers on its side.

The current generation’s massively successful titles were released for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. With Wii U, they are chipping every facet to beckon hardcore gamers with strong third party lines and a strong network footing.

Though Wii U’s graphical capabilities are not that much exceptional so as to call it a next-gen device, it has implemented new innovative design overhauls on both the software and hardware aspects to get it to every type of gamers.

The machine’s signature touchscreen and in-built Wii U GamePad came as game changers. It is seen not just as a controller for games, it could act as second screen for additional gameplay features and even for playing games with out switching on the TV.

Miiverse, the social network on the device, is also bumped up with new elements.

Like the new additions, one thing we were all curious about is the Nintendo TVii. What it brings is a centralized hub with use of GamePad to get the ultimate access to your TV.  It has categorized the viewing psychology into TV, movies and sports so that you can simply tap to get into it in a jiffy.

A program guide has also been provided, where you can have the popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and if you want to watch any of your programs later you also have the option to record using TiVo DVR (Digtal video recorder).

Nintendo TVii also has profile creator so that each of your family members can get their taste of personal viewing experience. TVii also integrates social networking that leaves you to be connected with your friends while the same time you are enjoying your show.

 Wii U has come to the US a while ago, but with a bit of sad news. Though it has been confirmed earlier that the free Nintendo TVii program will be included in the package from day one, the company is delaying that for December.

Streaming service apps also missed the launch, but Nintendo confirms that those will be made available in the coming weeks. We assume the other services like eShop, Wii U Video Chat, Wii Data transferring won’t be affected.

It seems like Nintendo is again facing trouble in delivering the promise of a whole package at launch. What do you think?

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