Nintendo Wii U - Second Screen Foray into Gaming and Social TV

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Wii U, Nintendo's next home console. With it's revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics is likely to not only open up a whole new world of play styles and gaming possibilities but could provide a catalyst for Nintendo to make a play into converging game mechanics and social TV aspects into the mix.

Cory Bergman from Lost Remote has more:

Beyond gaming, the controller also uses touch controls to navigate a browser on the TV screen. You can use it to place video calls. And you can imagine that Nintendo is thinking about social TV applications, as well. Like the new Xbox Kinect features, the Wii U will likely blur the lines between TV, video and gaming by making them accessible and immersive. 

Wii U blurs the boundaries between handhelds and the big screen and one of it's more unique features is it can be played on the TV to inspire new forms of gameplay. The range between controller and console is unclear as of yet.


Casey Newton from the San Francisco Chronicle had a good look under the hood at it's unveiling at the E3 Gamers Conference:

The seamless communication between the controller's display and the TV, and the possibilities it opens up, are central to the U's appeal. The system combines traditional video-game buttons and directional sticks with gesture and motion controls, and does it in a way that won't overwhelm casual players.

Aside from the 6.2-inch touch screen built into the controller for the Wii U console, It'll also feature a microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, dual analog controls, two shoulder buttons and two triggers, a front-facing camera, and a stylus.



About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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