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Nintendo Wii U launched at E3 2011, full details revealed

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 08 June 2011

Nintendo Wii U launched at E3 2011, full details revealed

As we revealed yesterday, Nintendo has officially launched its next-generation gaming console at E3 2011. Ditching the rumoured ‘Nintendo’ name in favour of ‘Wii U’, the latest gadget from Nintendo is like nothing we’ve seen before.

Sure, the Nintendo Wii U’s hardware looks set to impress, but the feature that steals the show is the new console’s controller, and as expected it features a touchscreen display. A big one!

If someone enters the room and watch the television, you can carry on your game regardless, enjoying gaming on the controller’s 6.2-inch screen. But don’t call it a portable console – Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insists the controller is not a console itself.

The controller will also be able to function as a mini-map. You could be playing a first-person shooter, or an RPG game and see enemy positions, or points of interest on the controller’s screen.

Along with the big screen, the controller features an accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble features, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. As buttons go, there are two analogue circle pads, a directional control pad, A/B/X/Y buttons and, L/R and ZL/ZR shoulder buttons.

The console itself, like the PS3 and Xbox 360, will deliver full high definition graphics, and it’ll also offer backwards Wii Remote and accessory compatibility and be able to play all Wii games.

What do you think of the Nintendo Wii U? Will you be upgrading from your Wii? Could it tempt you away from your PS3 or Xbox? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Watch the new Nintendo console in action at E3 this year (1.30)

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Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo, gaming, E3 2011

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Anonymous

I think this looks as though it will be a hit, very intuitive. Looking forward to it's release date some time next year?... Just hope it's not too pricey but if not I will definitely be buying myself one of these! :)

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loohole

Funny how every five years nintendo creates a new console. But every time it evolves gaming. Very spooky.

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insaneman

my first impression is that this will not be a hit like the wii but if it is how hard will it be for sony or microsoft to come up with a controller just like it

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Anonymous

I still think it looks pretty cool but all I'm concerned about is the fact that the price will be too high and the controls look to be in a bit of an awkward position, making gaming much less enjoyable... :P

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stu-bo

awful the controller is huge. the wii was a success because i made gaming family orientated. a childs hands will never manage that monster. ive never understood why nintendo have to reinvent there consoles everytime they bring out a new one. a good solid update to the wii would have been better.

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TheGreatProphet

It almost looks a bit like an I-Pad as a controller - looking forwards to it!

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Anonymous

I think this will eliminate "screen-watching" totally (when u play something like a first person shooter and your friend looks at your half of the screen to see where you are) but also i thought the controller was suppose to be small to fit in your pocket... and i thought the console was about standing up games... this controller is very aim contradictory... but then if the old wii controllers can be used i guess that would be fine :)

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Shiroku Ryuuki

I'm really impressed with this. The controller is sort of reminiscent of the Dreamcast's screen-on-a-controller idea, but much better implemented and more useful. Wondering if the design is finalised though, as I think angled sides would be more ergonomic. Nice to know the graphics hardware on the console is getting an overhaul too.

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Anonymous

sounds like a great idea and very intuitive; but i think there will be one major issue, and that will be if, say a family wants to play, but they would need more than one controller for this, and the wii u controller looks like it will be very expensive, so split screen/ controller and tv multiplayer will probably only be compatible with the backwards compatibility of the wii controllers but anyways, sounds awesome :D

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Estivy Diaz

ive heard that its coming on Nov 18th. I hope its true couse my bday is on the 19th ^ ^

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James

Looks quite good if it is reasonably priced I shall be getting one. It does have A few potentially game revolutionising stuff to

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ross

does any one no if u can play original wii games on the wii u

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