Nintendo Unveils the Wii U

June 7, 2011

Nintendo revealed its successor to the Wii today during E3. The Japanese company hopes the new Wii U revolutionizes the way people game just like the original Wii did.

The main feature of the new Wii U console is a 6.2-inch touchscreen that acts as a second display and shows the same image played on a television screen. The display can also be used to show additional game information like stats or a different viewpoint.

The console supports HD graphics, comes with the “traditional Nintendo stick and button controls on either side of the screen, triggers on the back, a microphone, speakers and an inward facing camera.” It contains a built-in gyroscope and accelerometers allowing players to move the console in a 360-degree manner and affect game play. Another feature of the Wii U is the ability to make voice calls. The device will also support all previous Wii games and the old Wii controllers.

The new Wii U also made a pitch for the more passionate gamer by creating a device that more greatly supports first-person shooter games.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “It’s a system that we will all enjoy together but also is tailor-made for you. It’s different from anything you’ve played before. It can change the way you game personally and it can chance the way you play with your family and friends.”

The new device will not launch until next year, sometime between April and December 2012. The company also kept mum about the device’s cost.

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