With any new system unveiling, Nintendo prepared a number of demos to showcase what the system is capable of. Some of these demos may be turned into games or feature as built-in software later.
An in-engine video showing a bird in a Japanese location flying to a tree which bursts into blossoms. The bird takes a single blossom and drops it into the lake, where a fish leaps out.
The video was developed to showcase the system's graphical capabilities, with realistic water, textures and high quality animation.
Following a brief demonstration of New Super Mario Bros. Mii and the ability to play games on the Controller's screen, a drawing utility is shown. The user draws a picture of Link from The Legend of Zelda seriesusing a stylus on the controller's screen. The image is then also displayed on the TV.
Two players are shown playing a game of Othello (Reversi) on the Controller's screen. When one player wins, the other tips all the pieces off the board by lifting the Controller, showcasing the system's motion controls.
In a potential entry to the Wii Sports series, a Mii Baseball game is shown. The Controller is used to aim at the catcher's mitt when pitching, and to aim at the ball so a fielder can catch it.
Another Wii Sportspossibility, a golf game is shown with the Controller displaying the ball on the ground and a Wii Remote being used as the golf club.
A demo of a Wii Fitgame follows, showing a woman stepping onto the Wii Balance Board and receiving data on the Controller screen while someone else is watching the TV.
Next, a new style Wii Zapper with a stand for the Controller is shown. The Controller screen acts like a sniper scope as the player aims at Mii versions of Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto through building windows.
Wii U Showcase: Ninja Star
A game showing a ninja star on the Controller screen. The player swipes their hand over the ninja stars to throw them at bamboo targets on the TV screen.
Wii U Showcase: Video Chat
Showcasing the Wii U Controller camera and online capabilities as two people and a dog take part in a video chat session.
Wii U Showcase: Internet Browser
A web page (Iwata Asks) is displayed on the TV as the player holds up the Controller to view sections of the page, turn and manipulate them on the screen.
Wii U Showcase: Picture & Video Sharing
The player finds a video he likes when browsing on the Controller and sends it to the TV by swiping his hand across the screen. The video is then played on the TV.
The video in the demo is a parrot squawking the first few notes of the Super Mario Bros.theme.
Wii U Showcase: The Legend of Zelda
A brief showcase of a Legend of Zeldagame in the style of Twilight Princess. The screen displays the main game while the Controller screen displays the item screen.
During the clip, Link explores an old temple when the ceiling collapses and the Armogohma (a boss from Twilight Princess) attacks. Link moves out of the way and slashes with his sword.
One of the playable demos at E3 2011. In Chase Mii, one player plays on the Controller screen while up to four other players use Wii Remotes and play on the TV screen.
The Controller player is a Mii dressed as Mario who gets a 15 second headstart and has to hide somewhere on the map. When the time is up, the other four players (Miis dressed as Toads) have to find and catch the Controller player's Mii.
Similarities have been noticed between the gameplay of Chase Mii and Pac Man VS., a special edition GameCube title developed by Shigeru Miyamoto for the GCN-GBA Link Cable.
Another playable demo at E3 2011. In Battle Mii, one player plays on the Controller screen while two players play using Wii Remotes and the TV.
The Controller player has a spaceship and can fly around the space-themed map, while the other two players are ground-based. The ground-based players have to work together to shoot down the spaceship player before being shot themselves.
The ground-based players are Miis dressed as Samus Aran from the Metroid series, while the spaceship player is flying Samus's Spaceship. Metroid sound cues also play during the demo, and the ground-based players can roll up into a Morph Ball.
A playable demo at E3 2011. Shield Pose is a 1-Player game where the Controller is used to look beyond the edges of the TV screen in any direction.
Three ghost pirate ships appear, with only one on the TV screen and the others to the left and right. The captain on the TV shouts out where arrows will be fired from, and the player has to turn in the right direction to stop the arrows with their shield.