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Iwata: Wii U controller 'is the TV remote of the future'

New console has great potential beyond gaming, says Nintendo's president

Nintendo is attempting to "reach out to the hardcore gamers" with the Wii U, but the newly revealed console will have plenty of other applications too.

"For example," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told All Things D, "there's video chat or they may want to do web browsing while watching the screen on the big TV and managing operations with the screen in your hands.


"For the past decade or so, many attempts have been made to link the TV and the internet, but so far, nothing has been popular... [But] when you look at this controller, it's one foot away from your eyes - it has almost the same distance of the PC and other smartphones. In other words, this device is capable of handling such activities for you to input the letters in the palm of your hands.

"In the future, if the TV and Internet can be used together, the TV will have a remote with a screen - and it will look very similar to how the Wii U controller is today," he added. "While on one hand we are trying to reach out to the hardcore gamers, we are also trying to make something that can be used as the TV remote of the future."

Iwata went on to explain how the new controller can be put to good use with first person shooters aimed at core gamers.

"When we approached the third-party publishers to tell them about the Wii U, all the publishers volunteered to make advancements in the field of shooting games that they are very good at," he said.

"For example, ordinarily when you are playing a shooter type of game, your main TV screen is the battlefield; however, oftentimes you have to open a new window to select items or weapons or to see the entire map. But you don't have to do that anymore with Wii U because you'll have a screen that will show you that information."

Iwata also said this week that Wii U's online environment will be much more flexible than the "rigid" ones employed for the company's previous consoles, and that it'll "take advantage" of features like voice chat as well as social networking services.

[ SOURCE: All Things D ]