At this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled their brand new console. Called Wii U, the console is rumored to be 50% more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and a number of games were showcased at the E3 event, including a version of Battlefield 3.
Nintendo’s new console also features a groundbreaking new tablet controller, in addition to the Wii motion sensor. According to DICE developer Patrick Liu, the company definitely sees potential in Nintendo’s new console. Liu said:
“We definitely see potential in the Wii U, but I wish I had the breakthrough idea for how to exploit the new controller. We’re definitely looking into what kind of new stuff we can do with Wii U.”
A “breakthrough idea” sounds like a good start, as we’d rather not see a straight port of Battlefield 3 to the Wii U. During the first few years of the Wii, a lot games tacked on the Wiimote functionality, giving it a gimmicky feel. Sounds like DICE is taking a good first step by figuring out how the best utilize the new technology.
The Wii U is slated for release during the Fall of 2012, about a year from now. A previous report indicated that DICE would start development on the Wii U version late next year, which indicates a 2013 Battlefield 3 Wii U release.