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The Nintendo Wii U revealed

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June 7, 2011

The Wii U and its touchscreen controller

The Wii U and its touchscreen controller

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Nintendo took the wraps off its new Wii U console at E3 today, sporting a controller as unique as we've come to expect from the company that brought us the Wii and the DS. With a 6.2" touchscreen, dual-analog sticks, D-pad, four face buttons, four triggers, front-facing camera, microphone, and motion controls (gyroscope and accelerometer), it's safe to say we'll see some innovative game mechanics invented to make full use of this thing.

The graphics capabilities appear to be on par with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Games can be played with or without a TV, which will likely save countless domestic arguments across the globe, and the Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii software and accessories.

Confirmed titles include Smash Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Me, Lego City Stories, Tekken, Assassin's Creed, Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, Dirt, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro, Battlefield 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge.

No pricing details were announced, but we can give you a release window: expect to see the Wii U in stores between April 2012 and December 2012.

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4 Comments

So.. how many controllers do you suppose it comes with? I doubt those are gonna be cheap eh

Andrew F Roy
7th June, 2011 @ 03:23 pm PDT

not sure I understand what they are trying to accomplish. Id guess I would have to use it before I decide its value.

Michael Mantion
8th June, 2011 @ 07:40 am PDT

I wonder if the old controllers work with the base unit and if the games are backwards compatible? If so I would imagine them coming out with a number of different packages, base only, base with 1 controller, etc. How many controllers will work at the same time?

Eletruk
8th June, 2011 @ 09:57 am PDT

Well, I'm too busy grinding cheap wow gold so I haven't been updated with the latest video games news today. Anyway, this is what I've been waiting for. This new controller has a lot of potential and I'm getting more excited about this. Nintendo really did a great job.

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8th June, 2011 @ 08:55 pm PDT
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