Nintendo Wants to Ensure Successful Launch of Wii U

Nintendo to Release Wii Commercially in Second Half of 2012

by Anton Shilov
10/27/2011 | 10:11 PM

After reporting massive losses due to poor sales of 3DS and Wii hardware and software, Nintendo said that it would make its best to ensure successful launch of its next-generation home video game console Wii U. The firm also implied that the launch will occur in the second half of the year.


"We are also planning to launch the Wii U, which is the successor to the Wii, during the next fiscal year. We would like to show the final format of the Wii U at the E3 show next year. As we learned a bitter lesson with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, we are trying to take every possible measure so that the Wii U will have a successful launch," said Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo.

Given the fact that Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) take place in June, it is pretty clear that the formal launch will occur in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, it is unknown when exactly and whether the launch will be worldwide or Nintendo will start with Japan and then proceed with sales in the U.S. and Europe. Given the fact that sales of Wii software and hardware are dropping accross the globe, it is clear that for Nintendo it is crucial to release the new system rather sooner than later.

Nintendo Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics and generally performance demanding games that can run on consoles like Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3. The system itself is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor as well as a modern custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit with high-definition graphics and video support. But the main feature of the code-named Cafe game console is its unique controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. Nintendo Wii U will cost more than $249.