E3 Preview: Nintendo Wii U vs. Microsoft Xbox 720 aka Xbox 8

May 17, 2012 02:07 AM EDT

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With Nintendo and Microsoft getting ready to launch its next generation consoles, competition between the two rivals are heating up for E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, conference in June. 

Nintendo's Wii U and Microsoft's Xbox 720, or newly named Xbox 8, will look to dazzle the crowd with hardware specs and a new line of game titles.

First up is Nintendo, who announced that the Wii U will be released earlier than its competitors.  The Wii U is the sixth home console and the first among the series to produce 1080p high-definition graphics. It will feature a new revolutionary controller with an embedded touchscreen allowing players to play certain games by displaying the game even when the television is off.

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When Nintendo releases Wii U, the company will also start its own online store and expand its internet downloadable gaming business. The company is also be collaborating with third party publishers such as Ubisoft to create more game titles geared towards hardcore gamers.  They also are focusing on innovative games that will enhance gameplay utilizing the Wii U's new controller and console technology.

Wii U will also come with games like Super Mario and Pikmin 3 and this will be shown during the E3 Expo.  Pikmin 3 is the sequel to the 2004 Pikmin 2 and is the third game in the Pikmin series.

In addition to the Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed that Luigi's Mansion 2 will be released for 3DS. The game was a launch title for the Gamecube. The game has been developed for the Nintendo 3DS, and is the sequel to the 2001 game Luigi's Mansion. The game focuses on the adventures of Luigi and explores haunted mansions using  the Poltergust 5000, a specialized vacuum cleaner.

Microsoft's is also heading for a straight competition with the Wii U with its next-gen gaming console which would most probably be called Xbox 8.  Though the name is yet to be confirmed, Microsoft's Xbox newest version is expected to feature 3D and touchscreen controllers as well to compete with Wii U. The controller will be used for gaming, remote control, and web browsing.

The next Xbox is also expected to be more powerful than Xbox 360 which is running on two GPU from the AMD 7000 series. It is also a known fact that Microsoft is penetrating into the casual gamers market, one that Nintendo's Wii dominated.  The Xbox 360 has already stepped into casual gaming with its motion sensor game titles such as Star Wars Kinect, Dance Central 2, The Gunstringer, and Kinectimals.

Xbox 8 and the Wii U will cross paths even further with both companies expected to step on each other's toes for more market share.  Nintendo will be up first with the Wii U launch.  Microsoft has not yet announced an official launch for the Xbox 8.

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