Nintendo Unveils New Controller and Online Community at Pre-E3 Event

Taking into account that Nintendo held a pre-E3 press conference yesterday, we can say that E3 has kind of started. It’s worth pointing out that the official press conference will take place on Tuesday, but thanks to the Nintendo Direct presentation we already have information about some important announcements. Although no games, release date and price have been announced, Nintendo had the opportunity to focus on the console’s online capabilities and its controller.

Satoru Iwata officially presented the Wii U GamePad which now has two analog sticks instead of 3DS-like circle pads. All these changes are supposed to make the controller much more comfortable to hold for long periods of time. The near field communication technology is still present, allowing users to scan certain real-life objects. Furthermore, many are already predicting that Nintendo will be releasing their upcoming console in two colors: white and black, as a black Wii U could be seen during the presentation in which the video chat feature similar to Skype was shown.

In addition, a very familiar “Pro Controller” was also revealed. The new controller looks awfully familiar to the Wii’s Pro and in fact, it also looks very similar to the Xbox 360 controller. Finally, Nintendo is planning to considerably expand the Mii Plaza from Wii and transform it into the “Miiverse” online system. Basically, this will allows users to interact in a much more social way. They can exchange messages (spoiler checkbox included,) images and drawings and it appears like the system will have a “wall” where players can post screenshots from the games they have been playing. Miiverse is also expected to come out for the Nintendo 3DS, Android and iOS devices. According to Kotaku, this feature will be available day one on the Wii U, but 3DS, Android and iOS owners will have to wait a bit longer to be able to use it. Finally, Iwata has revealed that the Wii U controller can also be used as an infrared TV remote.

If Nintendo is really willing to support this online community, this may be one of the most pleasant surprises to come out of this presentation. For some unknown reason, the Japanese-based company has always refused to adopt a proper online community. If players can connect in a virtual place where they can share experiences, user-generated content or screenshots, this will definitely make the Wii U a bit more social. Do you all know what this really means? No more friend codes!

Did you miss the presentation and want to see all the announcements by yourself? Thankfully, you can watch it right here: