带触摸屏控制器的Wii U Gaming Proves Touchy With The New Wii U作者:英语作文网 来源: www.en369.cn
带触摸屏控制器的Wii U Gaming Proves Touchy With The New Wii U
From crockpots to thermostats, it seems like everything now has a touch screen instead of physical buttons. This week, Nintendo joined the club with a new videogame console, the Wii U, which uses a 6.2-inch touch-screen controller.
This remote control, called the GamePad, upgrades the overall gaming experience with features commonly found on smartphones like touch gestures, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a stylus for handwriting and a front-facing camera. Instead of using antiquated directional buttons to navigate the system, a tap on the screen can send a character into a game. A touch-screen keyboard simplifies writing messages and setting up accounts.
Activity on the GamePad's screen is reflected on the TV, which means that more people can watch what players are doing in a game. Or you can play only on the GamePad, which frees up the big screen for people who want to watch TV, though the controller can't be used on its own far away from the console.
Yet despite the Wii U's refreshing features, its sluggish behavior makes it a product I can't fully recommend. And some promised programs couldn't be tested because they don't function yet─a delay that could frustrate some people.
Starting the system up for the first time took well over two hours because Wii U was downloading updates. In my four timed tests, the GamePad only held its charge for three hours and 30 minutes of use, and then needed about 2½ hours to recharge. (It also works when plugged in, but isn't as fun to use.) Opening each new program took close to 15 seconds. And I was constantly plagued by alerts that my GamePad had disconnected from the Wii console, even when I was four or six feet away from it in my small, city townhouse.
If you already own a Wii, its games and accessories─like the Wii Balance Board─are compatible with the new Wii U. Some programs that come loaded on the Wii U GamePad don't work yet, including apps for YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and TVii, a tool that will let people use the GamePad to control their set-top boxes, TVs and DVRs (including TiVo). Nintendo says these are expected to work next month.
如果你已经有一台Wii游戏机了，它的游戏和配件──比如Wii平衡板──与新的Wii U游戏机是兼容的。安装在Wii U GamePad上的一些程序还不能运行，其中包括接驳YouTube、亚马逊即时视频(Amazon Instant Video)和TVii的应用程序，借助TVii服务，用户可以利用GamePad来控制机顶盒、电视机和硬盘录像机（包括TiVo在内）。任天堂说这些程序可望在下月开始启用。
I spent hours playing with Wii U, specifically testing how the GamePad worked with various games, and my husband joined me for some of the testing. We tried New Super Mario Bros. U, (our favorite thanks to nostalgic memories of the original Nintendo), Nintendo Land, Sing Party and Just Dance 4.
我花了几个小时时间把玩Wii U，专门测试GamePad在玩各种游戏时表现如何，我丈夫也参与了部分的测试。我们用于测试的游戏有：《新超级马里奥兄弟U》(New Super Mario Bros.U)（由于对老任天堂游戏的怀旧记忆，我们最喜欢这款游戏）、《任天堂乐园》(Nintendo Land)、Sing Party和《舞力全开4》(Just Dance 4)。
There are currently over 30 games available for Wii U, and 20 more are expected by March.
In New Super Mario Brothers, I controlled my character (Luigi), while also tapping the GamePad's touch screen to add helpful climbing blocks in midair throughout the game. It was a little distracting to control my character with one remote while also tapping the GamePad screen, but I only did this when we really needed help in a level.
I was able to keep playing on the GamePad while my husband watched 'Monday Night Football' on the TV, though the sound of these games can still be heard through the GamePad speakers if they aren't turned down, which may irk TV watchers. According to Nintendo, the GamePad won't work if it's more than 25 feet from the Wii U console, but, again, that distance was much shorter in my experience. Nintendo customer support hadn't heard of the issue.
当我丈夫在电视上看《周一橄榄球之夜》(Monday Night Football)时，我可以继续在GamePad上玩游戏。不过要是GamePad的扬声器不关的话，游戏声音还是听得见，这可能会让看电视的人感觉不快。按照任天堂的说法，如果GamePad与Wii U游戏机的距离超过25英尺，GamePad就无法工作。但是在我的实际体验中，这个距离还是要短很多。任天堂的客户支持中心还没有听到有人反映这个问题。
Of the games I tested, that which best illustrates the GamePad's unique capabilities is Nintendo Land. Its 12 games range from Donkey Kong's Crash Course, where a cart is moved through obstacles according to how you tilt the GamePad, and Takamaru's Ninja Castle, which involves throwing ninja stars at enemies by sliding a finger across the GamePad's touch screen toward the TV.
在我测试的游戏中，最能让GamePad的独特功能得以发挥的是《任天堂乐园》，它一共包含12款游戏。在玩《大金刚速成班》(Donkey Kong's Crash Course)时，游戏里的手推车根据你倾斜GamePad的方式穿行于障碍之间。而在玩《鹰丸的忍者之城》(Takamaru's Ninja Castle)时，你在GamePad的触摸屏上朝着电视的方向滑动指头，便能把忍者星飞镖扔向敌人。
Nintendo Land integrates with Miiverse, Nintendo's Web-based social networking system, and I saw updates from lots of other users as the virtual character representing me (called a Mii) wandered around. I posted a few updates, writing in cursive with the GamePad stylus. One time when I tried to post an update, I got an error message saying servers were busy. Nintendo chalked this up to an 'overwhelming response' of people using Miiverse, and it worked again later.
The Deluxe version of Wii U, which costs $350, comes with Nintendo Land as well as some other extras, such as 32 gigabytes of internal memory versus 8 GB in the $300 Basic Wii U. Both versions come with the GamePad.
豪华版的Wii U售价350美元，配有《任天堂乐园》和其它一些额外配置，比如32G的内存，而售价300美元的基本版Wii U存储空间只有8G。两个版本都标配有GamePad。
The GamePad itself weighs just over a pound. A built-in camera is mounted just over its 6.2-inch touch screen. I used the built-in microphone below the screen while playing a game in Nintendo Land: I blew air onto the mike to move a cart in a game. In addition to its touch screen, the GamePad also has traditional controls, like a cross-shaped control pad and two mini joysticks. A Power button on the GamePad powers the Wii U console, too, while a TV button let me switch TV inputs without my TV remote.
Nintendo deserves credit for creativity. But like a player who can't seem to get through a difficult level in a videogame, the Wii U's faults hold it back from success.