Reggie Fils-Aime, COO of Nintendo of America, shared some awesome details on the Wii U in an interview with Forbes.
Here’s a cheat-sheet of everything he revealed during the interview:
- Nintendo wants to leverage the use of two screens for the Wii U — the large screen of your television and the small video screen that you’ll have in your controller
- It will launch sometime “after April 1, 2012”
- The Wii U will be on sale at the same time as the original Wii, but Nintendo isn’t worried because they’ve had similar product overlaps in the past
- The content displayed on the controller is sent by the console — if the console is off, the controller is useless
- When asked about watching Netflix content on the controller, Fils-Aime said, “Theoretically, that’s possible.”
- Nintendo still has no plans to create an online service like X-Box Live
- No 3D capabilities for the Wii U — “There may come a time when 3D without glasses becomes appropriate for console, but we don’t see that in the near future.”
Our takeaway from this is that the controller is where all Nintendo’s energy went for the Wii U. It almost sounds like a console version of of the DS, where two screens showing different content come together for an interesting gaming experience.