BBC: Nintendo Wii U on show at Eurogamer Expo in London

Nintendo has shown off its latest console, the Wii U, to the UK public for the first time.

The games company unveiled it at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl's Court, London, a four day showcase event for the gaming industry which runs until 30 September.

Nintendo announced that the Wii U will be available in shops in Europe from 30 November, in time for Christmas sales.

Daniel Emery tested it out, and asked Shelly Pearce of Nintendo UK what will make this console stand out in a competitive market.

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Gamer-Z2116d ago

Guess he doesn't understand that its not a handheld like the vita, its a touchscreen controller.

iwin862116d ago (Edited 2116d ago )

He knows the difference very well. He even discribe it correctly. But he claims that he don't see the point what is setting Nintendo idea apart from Sonys Remote Play.

lol. The UK Nintendo head lost her smile immediately, when the BBC reporter said "Vita 2.0".

Compared to the BBC guy she has no clue at all. "We launched the Wii 7 years ago."

It was only 6 years ago. (holiday 2006)

from the beach2116d ago (Edited 2116d ago )

It's a good question to ask though and she was pretty much flummoxed, ie. "yeah but once you play it on Nintendo you see the magic".

Obviously Wii U has the advantage of coming with the pad while Vita is a separate, expensive purchase. Other than that ... are there any big differences?

Ilovetheps42116d ago (Edited 2116d ago )

One huge difference is that the Gamepad for the Wii U will be supported a lot more than remote play using the Vita. Sure the Vita has the capability to act like the Wii U controller, but how often has that feature been used? Not nearly as much as the Wii U gamepad will be used.

Another difference is that there is next to no lag in between the Wii U gamepad and the console. The Vita has a little bit of lag using Remote Play. I think it's better when the controller and the system are made to work together.

ChickeyCantor2116d ago (Edited 2116d ago )

Games will be build around the gamepad. Not tacked on by patches. Ps3 + vita ultimately won't give the same experience.

iamnsuperman2116d ago (Edited 2116d ago )

But he is taking the point of view of the average person who will see this video on the BBC and wonder what is the difference and see a very limited tablet. Like from the beach said it was a very good question to ask and the Nintendo lady didn't do very well and was almost caught off guard. Her answer was crap. He understands what the Wii U but he is also being a good journalist and asking the difficult questions. He isn't going to sell the system for them.

Obviously the Wii U isn't like the Vita PS3 connectivity thing. There are differences.

jaymart2k2116d ago

PS Vita - Wifi connection required to connect to PS3.

Requires fast internet or it lags. It lags on my 20mbs connection.

Wii U Pad - Near field communication(NFC)used to connect to Wii U console with no lag.

No internet required.

neogeo2116d ago

Does Vita come packed in a box with a ps3 for $299?

_LarZen_2116d ago

Sigh...this is what happens when you send people with to little knowledge about the products out there to do a report. One would think that a channel like BBC would have sent someone that would have more knowledge then this reporter.

The second thing is that the representative from Nintendo that was interviewed could have easy answered the reporter's questions about the Wii U being like Vita V2 if she actually had any more knowledge about the she clearly did not.

The thing is that the Vita has the possibility to give you remote play, that is control you PS3 and start some PS1 games etc if you want. You can NOT use the Vita to play games like Call of Duty, Battlefield etc on a Vita.

If the representative from Nintendo had any interest in gaming she would have easily just said that and it would be the end of that discussion.

Sony can and will probably open up the possibilities to play PS3 games on the Vita in the future. But it will never be like the Wii U.

First of the Vita is designed to be a portable device, the screen is little and the controls are what you would expect from a portable device and not a full size controller.

It is not made to be comfortable for long gaming sessions nor would the battery stay alive for a long time.

And the most important part is that game developers would not make PS3 games that would require you to have a Vita to
experience new gameplay mechanics.

Because a Vita is not something that is sold with every PS3, it is something dedicated Sony and handheld gamers buy. And by the amount of games coming to the system, there ain't enough gamers buying the system...

So to sum it all up, reporter and the representative from Nintendo don't know what they are talking about.

Wii U is not a Vita V2.

elm2116d ago

To _LarZen_ just a dew points that your mistaken with.

"The thing is that the Vita has the possibility to give you remote play, that is control you PS3 and start some PS1 games etc if you want. You can NOT use the Vita to play games like Call of Duty, Battlefield etc on a Vita."

You can play full PS3 games at the moment, games like GOW1 and 2 work perfect via remote play, plus most PS3 games could also work with a small patch and some wireless optimization. Sony doing this is another matter but it is more than capable.

"It is not made to be comfortable for long gaming sessions nor would the battery stay alive for a long time."

It is very comfortable and has a better battery life than the Wii U game pad which lasts about 2 to 3 hours.

Of course what you say is mostly correct in that the Vita and PS3 are sold separate and this is the main reason this combination will never be supported by Dev's like the Wii U will be, but the fact is the PS3 and Vita remote play can do what the WiiU is doing if it's implemented properly.

It will never happen tho as the remote play feature with the PS3 and the PSP was never really realized over a 5 year period so the chances of the Vita using this feature to it's fullest are slim also.

Typical Sony really, so much tech potential wasted and unused on their systems.

I hope the PS4 uses this tech in better ways, it would also of been a killer app is Nintendo could of had the WiiU controller more portable with a larger radius for playing away from your console or the ability to download smaller games to the pad to play later with the console turned off.
Again, wasted potential in my mind..

byeGollum2116d ago

It was funny when the reporter kept interrupting the ninty woman. 'bu bu but the Vita.. Vita 2.0..' ^^

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