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E3 2012: Nintendo Direct Pre-E3

Posted on June 3, 2012 AT 04:55pm

Satoru Iwata welcomes us, and immediately begins speaking about the Wii U controller. They have decided on a name – the Wii U Game Pad. Why this is special news, nobody can tell. According to Iwata, the name selection dates back to the days of the early NES. On the left side of the controller, there is an NFC read/write spot that can detect devices that support it. On the right hand side, there is a TV button that is intended to turn the Wii U “Game Pad” into a TV remote. According to Iwata, the Wii U Game Pad will be able to display the graphics on the TV with no delay whatsoever. Wii U is reported to support the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the Wii Balance Board, and the Wii U Pro Controller, which looks like an Xbox 360 Controller with a few small modifications.

Iwata then introduces the Miiverse, which is an online plaza that shows icons of games you have (and some you do not have) along with messages from people about those games. The idea behind the Miiverse is keeping it available at any time, much like the Xbox 360 overlay or PSN XMB, you should be able to access it at any time. You can chat with others and send messages, or even draw pictures. You can also capture screenshots and annotate them and share with other people who are playing the game. Even though it won’t be available at launch, the Miiverse will be accessible via 3DS, PC, or web-enabled mobile devices. This all sets the stage for the Nintendo Network, which is meant to be in all Nintendo devices from here on out.

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