When Nintendo showed off its “TVii” app yesterday, one of the more perplexing features was a series of concentric dials controlling volume, source, and playback. It’s entirely possible that the dials work well, even if we didn’t get to try them. But more than anything, the mystery meat interface evokes the kind of future that’s seen in movies and video games past and present. Looking over the rest of Nintendo’s Wii U line, it’s easy to see it as a similar negotiation between the current state of gaming and the new systems Nintendo hopes to add.
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Nintendo branches out, but can the Wii U capture the future?