Last year at the E3, Nintendo revealed the next generation and successor console to their popular home console Wii. The new console dubbed ‘Wii U’ is set to be released sometime this year. Last year the company demonstrated its unique new console that features a tablet like controller with integrated touchscreen. The controller acts like a screen and controller at the same time, allowing gamers to simply switch off their television and play the game on their controller. It also opened up new possibilities for developers to use the screen of the controller in conjunction with the television to introduce new game mechanics.
After their conference last year, no new news has come from Nintendo over their new home console. However, as the E3 conference nears, the company has now reportedly changed the way the controller looks and operates. Reports suggest that the most apparent change in the controller comes in the form of analog sticks, which were missing from the controller that was shown last year.
Other changes in the newly redesigned controller feature readjusted select and start button. Both of the buttons appear a bit more to the right side of the controller rather than in the center. Under the D-Pad, the controller now has a square button. It is still not confirmed what this button will do; however, a lot of critics believe that it will help the controller to sync with the console.
For those who have been wondering if Nintendo will ever change the name of the console can rest assured that the company has finalized the name. The controller images that leaked today show the brand name on the controller which indeed reads Wii U. Although the images show us progress on the controller design, it is still possible that the final design of the controller is a bit different from what we have seen today.
Hopefully, during the Nintendo conference in E3 next month, we will get to see many new details about the console pricing, availability and launch titles. Until then, keep coming back for more news on Wii U.