Nintendo reaffirms Wii U's 2012 release; Street Fighter X Tekken producer teases hardware changes

Reuters is reporting that Nintendo has confirmed Wii U's release in "key markets" by the end of the year. Said markets would include the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan, all of which would get the system by the time the ball drops in 2012. More interesting is Street Fighter X Tekken producer Yoshinori Ono's recent comments on the Wii U, a console he says has changed since it was shown off last year.

"What was shown at E3 is not a reflection of everything that this console is going to be able to offer. We have been trying the development kits and some of its new characteristics will improve its possibilities." Hopefully said changes include multiple controller support, a multi-touch screen, and a built-in Zelda game at launch.

He explained that he wasn't able to go into more details for fear of Nintendo assassins striking him down (seriously, those are his words, not ours), but he did say "that Wii U will be a console with so many unique possibilities that it will be difficult to show them in the box they are going to sell it in, or be published in magazines and other media."

Challenge accepted, Ono. While we're hurt by his lack of confidence in our ability to convey the console's unique possibilities on the web, we'll be sure to use it to fuel our power and prove him wrong later this year when we get our hands on the final hardware. 


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  • - April 14, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    I find the Power of Nintendo offensive to core gamers such as myself. And the motion plus is better than awhatever their pushing. They will get slaughtered by sony and xbox. After what nintendo is doing this year, im very unimpressed and no longer 3 years old or a fan of nintendo, unless they could possibly stop being 50 year old has beens, and AMP IT UP!!!!
  • - April 9, 2012 4:48 a.m.

    Nobodys talking about consoles anymore cause bored, technology is getting too ahead of itself, techspy hadseen new 2012 mindcontrollers and 3d,. What can compare to that? Emotiv is even falling behind companies in secret expanding their technology. Im leaking but its ilegal if i showed or shared. I hope nintendo wins.
  • Ravenbom - January 26, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    It would actually be really cool if you could plug in the Wii Nunchuck for the directional movement in Street Fighter X Tekken and then have 6 buttons on the touch screen laid out like the Mad Catz fight stick for people that didn't invest in a fight stick.
  • shawksta - January 26, 2012 6:09 p.m.

    As im predicting, god knows what the Final Product is and god knows what their doing with the Hardware, E3 awaits! You guys are STILL whinning over the controller? You have the same buttons as the PS3/360 and same comfortable grasp, what the hell do you want? The screen is wide and all but your STILL holing it the same way as a S/M controller, your hands will just be farther apart.
  • watevermanimlost - January 26, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Did you leave out canada on purpose or by accident....? ....What's with all the hate for the Wii U...... trying new things is dressing up as a clown and scaring children while screaming obsenities and ridin a vespa.....but I digress
  • Z-man427 - January 26, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    I just want a regular controller.
  • Shazamin - January 26, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    It's been mentioned that we will still be allowed to use a Nintendo Wii controller with the system, and I'm pretty sure that means we should be able to use the Classic Controller Pro as well. I think that Nintnedo should definetly take into account the fact that there are alot of people out there who don't like these newer, more innovative, controllers that they have provided and they should address this problem at the systems launch. I for one think the controller looks really fun and I can't wait to see the great ideas Nintendo has come up with it for some of their main titles, like Metroid or Pokemon. If anybody posses's information regarding what controllers will be compatible with the system at launch please do share.
  • darnell-l-armstrong - January 26, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    i, for one, kinda like the new controller. i just hope that gaming experiences are able to build off of it, not having to make up for its shortcomings (call of duty, i'm looking at you)
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 26, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I'll have to see a lot more from the Wii U before I get interested, but it's good to know that devs are excited about it.
  • db1331 - January 26, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Hopefully they took the big screen out of the controller, shrunk it down, and removed all motion control capabilities.
  • brickman409 - January 27, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    a gamecube wavebird controller with blu tooth, rechargeable battery and with rumble built in. now that would be a perfect controller!
  • Nikku7 - January 26, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    My anticipation for E3 builds...

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