[email protected]: Wii U and you

June 7, 2011

Tuesday morning, as it does every year at E3, belongs to Nintendo. The company has a knack for making a big deal out of its announcements, and this year was no exception. The big question: what was this Project Cafe thing? Well now we know.

The device, which they’re calling Wii U, features a 6.2″ touch screen in the controller, motion features and a camera. Wii U is slated for a 2012 release. We’ll have impressions of how everything works later this week.

In a reel, they showed off some third-party games coming to the system: Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City and Ninja Gaiden 3 were among a lengthy list.

Of course, the company didn’t ignore the 3DS. The next wave of games for the new handheld is kicked off with the release of Ocarina of Time 3D later this month, and continues with Starfox 64 3D in September, Mario Kart (with new glider and underwater segments) over the holidays, Luigi’s Mansion 2 at some point and Kid Icarus: Uprising and Super Mario 3D sometime this year.

The Wii still has a few gasps left, as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releases this holiday, but the company didn’t spend much time on it.

Nintendo is celebrating the Zelda series’ 25th anniversary not just with Ocarina 3D and Skyward Sword, but also with a free DSiWare Four Swords game and a series of symphony concerts.