/// Nintendo’s Wii U Embraces Social Networking (Video)

June 4, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata provided a detailed overview of the company’s upcoming Wii U game console in a online video conference today. Iwata filmed the 30-minute video in a bare conference room in the company’s Japan headquarters, making it a very different stage than the one on which he will be presenting Tuesday at E3. This week in Los Angeles, hardware and software makers will be throwing highly choreographed presentations in the hopes of impressing both the media and fans worldwide. Nintendo’s pre-E3 video was something much different. What it did do was provide a much more controlled environment for Iwata, who normally prefers to speak through a translator, to make the case for why the Wii U is better than everything from the Xbox to the Apple iPad. But it didn’t provide any of the fireworks that many people were likely expecting, so apologizes to Nintendo fans, you’ll still have to wait until Nintendo’s “official” E3 press conference on Tuesday for that. Within the confines of the quieter environment, Iwata didn’t just provide a run down of the Wii U’s hardware specifications, including new details of the 6.4 inch touchscreen display called the Gamepad, but also made a case for how Nintendo offers “unique” experiences that draw friends and families together. He said the system is designed to create a sense of “empathy” among Wii U users that is much different than the war-torn, trash-talking environments found on Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation 3. As a demonstration, Iwata played a video clip showing a teenager asking a grandpa over video chat how to more effectively kill zombies

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