One of the main sites to see was definitely the Nintendo booth at this year’s E3. If you haven’t heard, Nintendo has announced the next evolution of the Wii entitled the Wii U and everyone was jumping over one another to see what the guys at Nintendo have in store for us gaming in the near future. Upon arriving at Nintendo’s booth you are immediately saddened to find out there is not a hands on working model of the new machine. Instead, there was a living room façade that ran a looping video on a monitior positioned in the middle of an entertainment center. In front of the couch there was a coffee table that had the controller of the Wii U on top of it. Inside the entertainment center sat the Wii U. This whole set up was railed off and guarded by security which meant it was only there for viewing and not playing. Bummer. Alas, all was not lost, for there were several Nintendo booth babes showcasing the Wii U controllers. The controllers were not working models but we were still able to hold the controller and get a feel of what it will be like using the controllers. The controller itself is very interesting. The specs are as follows:

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.The new controller incorporates a 6.2” 854×480 16:9 touch screen and button controls, as well as 2 analog Circle Pads. This new controller removes the normal barriers between games, players and also the TV by including the touch screen. The rechargeable controller includes an influence button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

It felt good to hold but holding and playing a game with it are 2 different things. Limited information was only available yet one attribute of the new controller caught my ear. I was told that if someone one in your home wanted to use the monitor that your Wii U is hooked up to you could let them have the monitor and continue playing the game with the screen on the Wii U controller itself. Freaky.

I also noticed something interesting on the video playing on the monitor in the living room façade I mentioned earlier. During the playback the fighting game Tekken was being shown. During game play one of the characters of Tekken had additional graphics being applied while the game was paused. There was a tattoo being drawn on the character’s face as well as a symbol being added to the back of the jacket of the same character. When the game was unpaused all of the added graphics were instantly incorporated into the game as the characters continued to fight. This feature has to make use of the new touch screen on the Wii U controller. It was never confirmed if that was actually the case but, if so, that’s cool.

Nintendo definitely has my interest peaked along with gamers around the world but what I saw was not enough for me to form any type of conclusion good, bad, or otherwise. I’m a long lost fan of Nintendo and can only hope the Wii U pulls me back into the world that Mario built.