Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nintendo reveals Wii U with Touchscreen Tablet Controller

Earlier today at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, CA, Nintendo unveiled their newest console, the Wii U. The major hook for this system is once again related to the controller. The Wii U will use a tablet-style controller with a 6.2" built-in touchscreen. The new tablet controller also sports a front facing camera and the traditional buttons and directional pad.

Wii U isn't scheduled for a release until the Spring of 2012, but this will most likely be the only major console release for the next four or five years. Luckily for serious gamers, Nintendo has made it clear that they intend to extend their catalog beyond the casual gaming fare that has nearly killed the current Wii system. Many hardcore gamers have complained that Nintendo overextended their ideal of making games that were accessible to everyone and as a result alienated a large market of dedicated gamers. Nintendo has confirmed there will be much more involvement by third party developers for the next Wii and has already announced some titles including Tekken, Batman: Arkham City, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.

Those who have already shelled out a pretty penny on the original Wii and its multitude of peripheral accessories should rest assured that Wii U will be backward compatible with games and motion controllers. Not only that, Nintendo revealed that some games can use both the original Wii controller and the new tablet controller together.

You can watch today's E3 presentation from Nintendo as well as view more info about the Wii U at their official website for the release: http://e3.nintendo.com

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