Nintendo Wii U GamePad Sneak Peak at E3

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(Best Syndication News) - Nintendo will be demonstrating features of their Nintendo Wii U GamePad at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) that is going on this week in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the company will reveal even more about the Nintendo Wii U and how it works. On Sunday, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata, gave a presentation of the features of the Wii U and how it can connect users in the same room and across the world. Social networking is one of the big features of this electronic device.

Last year, at the 2011 E3 convention, Nintendo introduced a prototype of the Wii U. Since then, the company has made some changes to the Wii U GamePad. They changed two controllers to be a joystick that can also be pushed down for more control. The joysticks are more precise, which is accomplished with 360-degree directional control. The device has a rounded ergonomic back and front to make it more comfortable to hold. On the Wii U there is a NFC reader / writer, which will let you put cards on the Wii U and have it read or transferred to. It has a built-in TV remote, and video conferencing features too.

Other neat features that make the Wii U a cool must have game add on is how the TV screen and the GamePad screen interact together, yet independently. One demonstration that Nintendo showed was a golf ball being displayed on the ground where the Wii U and then the person virtually hits the golf ball which shows up on the TV screen.

The gamepad is a touch screen that will work for drawing art with a stylus. Fingers can also be used to play video games. The controller also has motion sensors and Gyro sensors to keep track of the location in reference to the main game console.

When using the Wii U GamePad, you do not need to sit directly in front of the TV screen to get it to work. The Wii U can also be used separately from the TV set. That could be great if you want to watch TV and play a board game on the Wii U.

Iwata said that the quality of the graphics on the Wii U display is the best that is currently available on a handheld game consoles.

The Wii U also has a camera that will let you video conference with others. There is also texting features for communicating with family and friends. This is just one aspect of the social networking.

Then there is social networking with other video game players. Mii Wara Wara is when the Mii characters are gathered together in one location. Your Mii character can be there along with your friends, and other Miis in your country. The communication pops up messages from Mii characters. Miiverse stands for Mii Universe where people with Wii players can meet and communicate throughout the world. The Wii U GamePad comes in handy for this because it will be easier to communicate in Miiverse. You can text message by typing, or even draw doodles and handwrite messages. The messages would be displayed on the GamePad in an organized way making it easier to read too.

The Wii U GamePad is Nintendo’s goal to have their own social networking hub. Nintendo expects to have a cross platform support with Miiverse. That way messages could be read on a mobile phone or a PC computer. However, the cross platform support will not be right away.

Lastly, Internet browsing is incorporated in the Wii U. The touch screen virtual keyboard makes it easier to type in searches and to scroll web pages. With a flick of the hand, the website can be displayed on the television set. There is also a special presentation feature that will hide the content and reveal it in a dramatic way, such as curtains drawing back to display the website.

These are just some of the nifty features of the Nintendo Wii U GamePad. They worked on incorporating what people like to do, play games with others online, and to communicate with them. The controller adds another element of game play, so it offers benefit there too. The question remains if this will be a better option than owning a tablet.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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