Nintendo: Wii U's Second Screen to Disrupt the Market Like Motion-Sensing

Nintendo Expects Wii and Wii U to Co-Exist on the Market for Some Time

by Anton Shilov
11/18/2011 | 12:41 PM

While some analysts believe that Nintendo's next-generation Wii U game console barely belongs to the next generation and will not be as successful as Wii, Nintendo claims that the second screen on the Wii U's controller will be revolutionary and will bring games to the whole new level. In addition, Nintendo assures its customers that it would support Wii console even after Wii U's launch.


"The Wii U has to deliver a differentiated experience that can only be brought to bear through the use of these two screens. If all we do is a beautiful game in HD, it's been done before. We have to take advantage of the second screen, we need to take advantage of the connectivity that the system will offer and, if we do that, we believe that we will yet again disrupt the market the same way we with DS and Wii," said Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo America, in an interview with Games Blog web-site.

Second screen will clearly impact gaming and will enhance user experience pretty significantly. What will be interesting to see is which kinds of games will benefit from the Wii U's second screen. Sport titles - those, which drove the majority of non-gamers customers to Nintendo platform - will barely take advantage of the second screen, whereas first-person shooters (FPS) will not appeal to casual gamers.

With the release of the Nintendo Wii U game console, all the latest gaming machines from all three providers (Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony) will support high-definition resolution and will have powerful microprocessors to handle demanding games. As a result, this will be then end for Wii, which becomes irrelevant on the day of the Wii U launch. Game developers will continue to make casual games for the original Wii, but all the high-end titles will be made for Wii U and will unlikely be ported to its predecessor. Nonetheless, Mr. Fils-Aime seems to be optimistic about the destiny of Wii, the most successful game console of the current generation, and believes that Wii will co-exist with Wii U for "some time".

"It is certainly true that the Wii is not over. [...] What I can say is that there certainly will be more games launched for the Wii. And what I can say is that we believe there are still millions more systems to be sold. And I can say that the Wii will coexist side by side beside the Wii U for some period of time," concluded Mr. Fils-Aime.