Nintendo is aiming to unite families with Wii U. That's the word from Shigeru Miyamoto who wants families to get together to play Wii U games or browse the internet in front of the TV.
According to Miyamoto, families have stopped enjoying the same activities in the living room thanks, in part, to laptops but Wii U can change that by offering a single device with which it is possible to play games and browse the internet. It also works as a TV remote.
"When we look around the current situation in the household, in most living rooms, even when different family members are getting together, they are all working on different things - some are working on their note PC, others are watching TV," Miyamoto told IGN. "Even when they are in the same living room, each person is doing his or her own job, irrespective of other members of the family.
"This time around with Wii U, each of the seemingly different activities we are doing today can be united by taking advantage of both the big TV screen and the smaller, more personalised screen on the Wii U GamePad. And with a Wii U GamePad, TV can be an improved experience as well. For example, web browsing on a TV screen is possible today, but not convenient; with Wii U it is much easier. Above all I think the Wii U is going to be able to unite each and any family by taking advantage of the TV in a more efficient way."
Of course, family entertainment is nothing new for Nintendo but being able to play games on the GamePad screen means that Nintendo's console can sit comfortably in the living room.
Miyamoto added: "Even though Nintendo has [always] been trying to provide the entire family with the opportunity to get together, the fact of the matter is that from time to time, when for example several family members would like to watch TV programs on the screen, Nintendo's console hardware was regarded as the obstacle, because they could not see the TV programs they really wanted to see. But with Wii U hardware the situation is going to be completely different... [it] can provide you with the circumstance in which the console cannot be the obstacle to disturb any entertainment that any of the family wishes to enjoy in the living room."
Wii U is coming to the UK on 30 November.