Wii U will be at CES, but will there be news?

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Nintendo will get a second shot at capturing attention with the Wii U when it presents the device at the largest trade show in the world next month.

Nintendo rarely appears at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is more geared toward emerging technology, TVs, cars, and the like. And when it does, the company usually restricts its activities to behind-closed-doors meetings.

So while Nintendo won't actually have a booth or major announcement at CES, the company is "working with the 2012 International CES management, will offer demos of the upcoming Wii U console to members of the media who did not see the system at the 2011 E3 Expo," according to a message that was e-mailed to 1up.com.

The e-mail also said the Wii U content that will be brought to Las Vegas, CES's host city, will not be substantially different than what it showed at E3 earlier this year.

That leads us to wonder if there has been anything in the works at Nintendo to change the Wii U, since it got a shockingly negative reception at E3. When the new console was unveiled, the company's stock price actually dropped, a phenomenon that is almost unheard of among the major game console companies.

In response, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted there was "some misunderstanding" since the Wii U unveiling did not include any reference to the console itself - the device that users will plug into their TVs. In an interview at the time, Iwata said, "I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller."

Nintendo suffered more criticisms than just misunderstanding, though. Many blasted the company's failure to talk about online connectivity or other features that have become a requirement in today's market. The console is due out in 2012 so it still has a lot of questions to answer.