The Wii U just launched to a solid success, selling out both in the US and the UK, and there are a ton of cool reasons why gamers are flocking to the awesome new gadget. The most obvious reasons are some of its primary features like the fact that you can use it as a tablet-like GamePad controller, or that it has fantastic support for older Nintendo Wii titles. However, despite these obvious reasons to own the new super-gaming device, there are a few other features that you might not have been aware of that really add a new dimension of fun and usability to the Wii U. Here are three of them in no particular order:
First, did you know that Netflix is available on the Wii U? In fact, the GamePad controller features even enables multiple viewing options. It basically works like picture-in-picture, allowing users to view streaming content from Netflix on the TV, while you are still browsing for something else to watch the GamePad. Conversely, you can also watch Netflix on the Wii U GamePad while the TV is used to watch something else. Very slick!
Second, Miiverse (which is Nintendo's new online network for the Wii U), includes an activity feed. This will eventually be accessible through other devices that have web access, like a smartphone or tablet. This will let you check on the status of your friend's in games, even if you are away from the console. That's a handy way to stay connected!
Third, you can actually use your GamePad feature as a remote control fro your TV. There is a TV button in GamePad mode that when activated allows the Wii U to change channels, and adjust volume control settings, all without even turning on the console. The GamePad even includes NFC (Near Field Communication) technology which could have some amazing new applications in the future.
These are just a few of the most notable "little-known" features of the new and amazing Wii U. Can you think of anymore? Share them in the thread!
We have some extra details to share about the launch of the new Wii Fit U for next year. Supposedly, when it hits retails store shelves in 2013, the new lifestyle experience for the device will include a pedometer dubbed the Fit Meter. Here's a quote with some of the details,
Functioning much like the Fitbit, this additional peripheral will, presumably, be clipped to users' clothing, gathering movement data that will eventually be transferred to the Wii U console for use in over 77 game-based activities.
We will keep you guys informed as more details emerge.
Adding to the list of crazy concoctions for console products of late, comes an adapter for the Wii and Wii U remotes that connects directly to the PS2 controller, allowing gamers everywhere to play their Wii and Wii U games with the Sony controller. The news comes from a report posted yesterday by gameranx.com, and the innovation owes its creation to Datel Japan, a company that takes pride in producing the world's best-selling and most creative products for gamers.
The adapter will be compatible with both the Wii and Wii U, and will support the original Wii Remote, Wii Remote Plus, Wii MotionPlus connector and PS2 DualShock 2 controller. As Nintendo recently barred the use of GameCube controllers in conjunction with the Wii U, this may be quite a joyous occasion for Super Smash Bros Melee fans. Wii U owners can now wipe the dust off of old, seemingly-obsolete PS2 controllers, plug it into their Wii U remote via the adapter, and play GameCube titles on their systems. The interconsole insanity never ends.
Those looking forward to playing “Pikmin 3” on Nintendo Wii U will have to wait a little longer as on Wednesday morning Nintendo of America announced that “Pikmin 3” will no longer be releasing during the Nintendo Wii U launch window, which ends on March 31, 2013.
In a “Nintendo Direct” video presentation today, Nintendo revealed that “Pikmin 3” will see release during the second quarter of 2013.
We found this hilarious video and felt the need to share it. It's a fan-film called "Zombies Ate My Wii U." Apparently, when the zombie Apocalypse finally happens, your Wii U can serve as a summoning device for all manner of colorful and familiar characters to assist you in your survival. Share the creative ways in which you might use your Wii U during the "end times."
Nintendo’s Wii U console sold around 40,000 units in its first 48 hours on sale in the UK, MCV understands. Retail sources suggest that effectively amounts to a complete sellout on the UK High Street. Stock is continuing to filter through to retail at a trickle but abundant supplies are not expected until the New Year.