Nintendo Developing An App Store For Wii U Console

Apps to run on the console or the tablet-like controller.

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Nintendo Developing An App Store For Wii U Console
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It seems that Nintendo still has a few surprises up its sleeve with the new Wii U console set to launch next year. The Daily is reporting that Nintendo has been developing an app store for the next generation gaming console. The current Wii console sports the Wii Shop Channel, which allows users to download games – including all their favorites from past Nintendo consoles – and a few other app-like channels and utilities, like Netflix, this would be an honest-to-goodness app store. Rumored apps include MLB.TV (which is coming to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 this Spring). Many of these apps will also run on the Wii U’s tablet-like controller, which sports a 6.2-inch screen, a camera, microphone, gyroscope, and accelerometer.

The Wii U, announced in April and unveiled at this year’s E3 game conference, continues Nintendo’s focus on innovation in the way games are played. Nintendo’s first Wii console, which launched in late 2006, constituted a significant shift in the so-called console wars. Before the Wii, Nintendo had been engaged in a game of one-upsmanship with Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation 2, both of which sported comparable technical specs and a game library more geared toward older, more hard-core gamers. With the Wii Nintendo altered its entire strategy: instead of perpetuating the graphics and processing arms race with Sony and Microsoft, they chose to pursue a more unique and intuitive control system, targeted at the casual gamer market that the Xbox and Playstation had all but ignored.

The strategy worked well. The Wii enjoys a significant lead over the competition in global market share (though Microsoft is top dog in the US). What’s more, the Wii brought motion control to the world of gaming, as Microsoft and Sony have since developed their own unique versions of the concept (Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move, respectively).

The Wii U is set to launch sometime in 2012, and is expected to be HD compatible (like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but unlike the current Wii). Many details are still unknown – pricing for the console, pricing for the app store, and a more specific release date chief among them. Whenever it launches, though, the Wii U looks to be an exciting addition to the gaming world. Check out the console’s E3 trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

[Source: The Daily]

Nintendo Developing An App Store For Wii U Console
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  • Tom

    You said that Microsoft is top dog in US. If you mean weekly sales right now, then definitely, but if you mean over all console sales, than no, the Wii is still the highest selling home console in US. According to nintendos consolidated sales report, the Wii has sold over 42 million units in the US alone, (http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/historical_data/pdf/consolidated_sales_e1109.pdf)
    Whereas microsoft has sold 57million units world wide. (http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/Kpi/fy12/Q1/detail.aspx) I for one believe it would be very difficult to imagine that out of the 57 million sales, a whole 43 million were in the US alone. I may be wrong though! can you cite your source for your statement that Microsoft is leading in the US., if you did infact mean life to date console sales?

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Shaylin Clark

      I actually had been under the impression that Xbox’s US market share was higher than the Wii’s. I don’t have a source, but I recall reading something to that effect a couple weeks ago – or at least, I thought I did. I’ll do a little digging and figure out what’s what, then come back and update the article. Thanks for the heads up!

  • http://www.lajail.co Elaine Marie

    The casual game user strategy makes alot of sense.

  • james braselton

    hi there soo what soo did the dsi wii and nintendo 3ds all had app stores too

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