Nintendo has released a slew of details about its next-generation console, the Wii U, ahead of this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. The show, in Los Angeles, will run from Tuesday through Thursday.
Nintendo needs to make a splash at E3 after seeing poor sales for its Nintendo 3DS and the 2006 Wii console, and the company is working hard to tell users that it has something new to offer.
“I believe when you hear from Nintendo this week, there will be several times when you say to yourself, ‘Well, that certainly is unique.’ And hopefully, you’ll be thinking of unique in a good way,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in a video release.
The company is taking a big step to fill in the gaps it has in online connectivity, adding a “Miiverse” social network that lets you interact with your friends and other players around the world to connect to each other. You can also use the Wii’s camera for video conferencing and use the controller to update your network with text or picture messages. Gamers can also share comments from other players within games , something the company says it hopes will add a sense of “empathy” to the games.