Good ol' Nintendo is all set to give gamers around the world a dose of gaming bliss by launching its latest console. Called the Wii U, the device sports tasty new hardware and next-gen features that should make it your BFF and you girlfriend's enemy number one (that's if you're not flying solo). Excited na kami!
The Wii U is the follow-up to the hugely popular Wii, which is celebrating its sixth year in the business. The U will come with new features to deliver a top-notch gaming experience to its users, yung tipong pagpupuyatan mo sa kakalaro. To make things a bit simpler for everyone, here's a brief description of each of the U's best bits:
The Wii U has a total memory of 2GB of RAM, half of which will be used for gaming purposes. That's twice as much as what the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 offers, and means that it can handle more gaming and multimedia needs. It will also be able to support 1080p HD games, as well as read discs faster than other consoles, resulting in shorter loading and waiting and more time actually enjoying your games. And, although the processor it still unspecified, the guys over at Nintendo are claiming it's 20-percent faster than the Wii. Whoa-wii!
Handheld gaming... sort of
The Wii U is very much like your traditional console. It connects to a TV. But it's also a handheld device...wait, what? The Wii U actually comes with a controller, called the GamePad, that has its own 6.2-inch touchscreen. It can do several nifty tricks such as provide more gaming functions or different views of a game, as well as play or even control the console via its touchscreen.
With the Wii U comes Super Mario 2, the first Super Mario game to be launched simultaneously with a Nintendo console since the N64 in the '90s. Aside from a new version of the popular plumber's game, other high-profile titles such as Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Bayonetta 2 will be available with the U.
The good news? The Nintendo Wii U will start shipping on the 18th of November. The bad news? The Philippines is not included in the list of the first countries to get the console. At best, it will be available on local store shelves early next year and will go for at least P13,000 a pop (official stateside SRP is at $299). Let's all hope we'll still have some of our Christmas bonus by then. Otherwise, our piggy banks (or our ever-reliable parents' pockets) will be in danger.