The lights are on
Nintendo did a little unboxing of its own in the latest installment of its Nintendo Direct series. The company's CEO, Satoru Iwata, donned white gloves and went through what players will find within the Wii U's packaging when it launches on November 18. Once everything was out, Iwata followed up by showing off how the system's online functionality works.
As you can see in the video below, the system supports up to a dozen different user accounts, each of which includes its own save games and settings. Once your Mii and account is created, you'll see them in the plaza pictured above. Players can tap their friends' Miis to see what they're playing and to open up chat windows. Good news for Wii users: You'll be able to transfer your Virtual Console games over to the Wii U using an SD Card.
Perhaps the most interesting bit of information revealed in the video is that players will be able to pause their games and browse the Web using the GamePad's screen – without getting booted out of the action. That's going to be a huge help for players who turn to FAQs and other online resources when they find themselves stuck.
The video is in Japanese, though an English version should be coming soon.
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Nice touches, looks pretty nice. Nintendo Network ID acts like friend codes? I'm hearing mixed messages here, there are friend requests and then there is ID acting like friend codes, which is it?
Really wish I had the funds man.
Yes i port all my DLGs!
wii u wiiu!
For some reason it didn't post my original comment, but oh well...
I played this the other day at my local Gamestop and the clarity is so amazing on this. I have a really nice Samsung LED tv and I LOVE playing Rayman on it because of how great it looks. After playing it on the Wii U, the framerate was so much smoother, colors seemed more vibrant. I'm so upset I missed the boat on reserving one of these things after finally getting a hands on with it. The control was light, buttons were perfectly placed, buttons were very responsive.
It seems the online functionality is terrific as well! I love the fact you can go straight to checking FAQ's online and go right back to the game. I think Nintendo needs to sell DIGITAL GUIDES to the game. This way if you bought the digital guide a symbol pops up on the gamepad of the game you're currently playing, you tap this symbol and can flip through the guide page by page. While the game is still going on or while it's paused. Hopefully I can get my hands on one of these things by March because that's when Monster Hunter Ultimate comes out!
Neat enough I suppose.