Updated 12/10/2012 05:00 AM
Tech Beat: WiiU to shape TV-watching experience, too
More information is coming out about the WiiU, Nintendo's next-generation video game console, including ways how it will change your TV-watching experience. YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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We now know lots more about WiiU, Nintendo's next-generation video game console.
For starters, the launch date is Nov. 18.
"The next innovation in Nintendo home gameplay arrives in time to take advantage of the key holiday selling season throughout the Americas," says Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America.
That next innovation in home gameplay will still use the motion-sensing Wiimotes you're used to but also throws in a WiiU tablet as a second screen for doing everything from targeting enemies to drawing up new plays on the gridiron.
While Nintendo is once again trying to change how you game, it's also trying to change how you pretty much do everything on your TV.
The WiiU will also serve as the hub for Nintendo TVii (notice the spelling). The console will turn that tablet into a second screen while watching TV shows or movies as well. For starters, it'll allow you to search for a program and then show you where it's playing on all your services.
"It's very individualized to the user," says Nintendo's David Young. "The services you subscribe to your cable provider, your different video services will be pulled into Nintendo TVii and as you watch, you'll then be able to engage in fun ways by looking up information or sharing information via the Miiverse, Facebook or Twitter."
The final piece of info known about the WiiU is how much it will cost. The basic bundle will be $300. A deluxe bundle with a few more accessories and more storage will set you back $350.