Wii U controller and system designs 'near-final'

Wii U controller and system designs 'near-final'

By Rob Crossley

June 13th 2011 at 3:08PM

Nintendo exec Reggie Fils-Aime continues to evade questions on new system's performance

Prototypes of the Wii controller and system shown at E3 will not undergo any major alterations, Nintendo’s US boss has said.

Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the Wii U system’s form factor “is quite near final”.

“Similarly, the form factor of the controller is quite near final,” he added in an interview with Venturebeat.

Nintendo turned heads at this year's E3 by unveiling an ambitions next-generation console that displays TV content on the system’s controller itself.

[Click here for Wii U – A visual tour]

However, throughout E3, Nintendo execs had dodged questions on the Wii U’s system specifics.

All the company’s execs at the event would onlyexplain  the console's horsepower in illustrative terms.

“The point is not about a comparison versus our competitors,” Fils-Aime said.

“What we’ve said is it will be 1080p. Check the box on the best graphics capability. It will have a robust online environment. Check the box. That will not be a disincentive for purchase.

“The specifics of how we get there — we still have a number of months to share more and to show more.

“The reason we showed that visual demonstration with the bird in the garden is just to reinforce that the visual horsepower of this machine is there.”