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E3 2011: the Vita, the Wii U, and the Games

Gifts from gaming heaven
by Gelo Gonzales | Jun 30, 2011
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This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is over and done with. What isn’t over is our excitement for the announcements, the trailers and all the new games that were unveiled in the event. Thankfully, unlike last year’s event whose shiniest highlights were Sony and Microsoft’s motion controllers (anybody here still dying to get one?), this year’s event had more oomph.

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And we credit that oomph to the new gaming hardware that Sony and Nintendo are getting ready to launch. For us gamers who haven’t had a taste of a real new home console since the PS3 and Nintendo Wii were launched almost half a decade ago, Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, is almost like manna from heaven.

The Wii U is the Wii’s official successor, and is set to come out in 2012. We’ll skip the technical details of the new machine, but we’ll tell you this: it’s essentially an HD-capable Wii with, as expected, much improved graphics.

The thing about the Wii U that really has people talking is its new touchscreen controller. Nintendo has always been one to tinker with the way we control and interact with games, and with their new console, that tradition isn’t about to change.

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