LOS ANGELES--Nintendo had already unveiled the Wii U well before E3 started, but there were a lot of things going into this show that we didn't know. Nintendo's keynote spent a great deal of time detailing what the Wii U can do, what its online and app services are, and what games we can expect to see. A small amount of time was also spent on the Nintendo 3DS, but today's event was clearly dedicated to the Wii U.
What we didn't get, however, was a date and price. Not surprising, but anticlimactic all the same.
Wii U gets social and connected
The Wii U will have Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube support, covering most of the bases for what many home consumers would think of as a set-top streaming-video box. Yes, cable-accessory streaming apps like HBO Go are missing, but the four services Nintendo announced don't require cable subscriptions to activate.
Asynchronous gaming and a socially connected Miiverse app accompany Facebook and Twitter connectivity, providing what look like some significant boosts to Nintendo's online services. Still, what Miiverse really does, outside of socially sharing achievements and currently played games, is a little unclear.
Wii U and its games
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