Today, Nintendo showcased their next generation of videogame console titled “Wii U” which is the successor to the highly successful Wii system. The new console features a controller with a 6.2 inch screen, two analogue pads, accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble, microphone, camera, speakers, sensor bar and even a stylus! The system itself boasts HD graphics in 1080p and will launch in 2012. Although the conference didn’t reveal any new Metroid games, Metroid did make an appearance in a tech demo for the Wii U called Battle Mii.
Battle Mii was just one of the demos shown at the Nintendo booth to showcase what the new console and its controller can do. The demo features Mii characters in a Metroid themed game played by three people, two of which are controlled by Wii remote and wear Varia suit and Fusion suit armour while the third person uses the Wii U controller to fly Samus’ ship around. The objective is for the Mii’s on the ground to shoot down the ship before it can shoot them down instead.
The Wii U controller uses its built in touch screen and gyroscopic sensor to aim and shoot down targets and Mii’s on the ground will be able to use their arm cannons to fight back at the ship and morph ball in an attempt to avoid getting shot. The game also features music from Metroid. In the videos I have seen, I could clearly hear the Samus Aran title theme followed by what I felt was the Brinstar theme from Metroid NES. Overall the demo looks great and is a clear example of what the new console can do.