The Wii 2, or the second gen Wii, is being called the Wii U.

The first question with any 2nd gen product is, of course, what’s different? And the answer regarding the Wii? Plenty! The next logical question – will you like the changes? Well, you will have to try it out for yourself, but it has a lot going for it, though it may depend on how serious your game playing is.

Interactivity is majorly beefed up. The controller has a 6.2 inch touch screen. Games can be played on the TV… or on the Wii U’s controller touch screen without the TV. Nintendo says the dual screen Wii  ‘removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world.’

The new controller also interacts with both the TV and the internet. A user can access photos and other files through the controller, and with a swipe of the finger, ‘throw’ them unto the TV.

Nintendo appears to have designed the new Wii with an eye on pleasing both casual and hardcore gamers. It will be interesting to see if they can pull this off. Just this weekend my brother-in-law mentioned, as both kids and adults played together on his Wii during a family get together, that what’s great about the Wii that that it really is a family game. I myself have witnessed three generations of family playing it together, ages ranged from 8 to 76.

Will Nintendo be able to keep these casual gamers while attracting hardcore gamers? Only time will tell. However, it does appear that the hardcore crowd is getting the thrust of the new games for the Wii U, with games named Darksiders 2, DiRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Batman: Arkham City, Ghost Recon Online,  Metro Last Light, Ninja Gaiden 3, and an Assassin’s Creed game.

There do seem to be some casual games coming out also though. So far we have learned of a new Super Mario Bros; a Chase Mii hide and seek game, where players with Wii remotes try to find and tackle the player with the controller; and a Battle Mii game, where the player with the tablet is flying a spaceship hunting down the remote players.