In 2012, the video game experience could be radically different, and it’s all thanks to the new Nintendo Wii U. The Wii U is not a console per se; it’s more like a controller that has a 6.2-inch touchscreen in the middle that allows you to play games even when your TV is being used for actual TV viewing. The Wii U is compatible with all current generation Nintendo accessories and software, so you don’t have to throw your expansive Wii game collection. Other features of the Wii U include a front-facing camera that allows you to have video chats, four USB 2.0 slots, 1080p video over HDMI, and an internal flash memory that can be expanded through an external USB HDD or SD card. Game media are made available through “high density optical discs”, but the Wii U can play Wii games with no problem. To get a better idea of how it works, check out the video demo below.
Expect the Wii U to be out by 2012.
I feel the need to correct you here, ma’am. The Wii U controller was certainly attention grabbing, but the Wii U hardware itself is also an improvement over the original Wii. It will output all the way to 1080p and use a new proprietary disc for its games that will avail of all these new features (although Wii games and controllers are still compatible with the system). What’s also noteworthy is that Nintendo finally has 3rd party developers with them again, so the Wii U will get the same games Sony & Microsoft will get.