Nintendo unveils new Wii U console

Latest console from Nintendo will include tablet-like touchscreen controller

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Nintendo unveils new Wii U console The new Wii U touchscreen controller. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 8, 2011

Nintendo has unveiled its next-generation Wii at E3.

The new console, dubbed the Wii U, includes a new controller, in a 6.2 inch touchscreen tablet format. The main console remains the same, but the new wireless controller, which includes both touchscreen input and two analogue circle pads, will provide a second window into the game being played.

The controller also includes built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus. Up to four controllers can be connected at once to the Wii U.

The console itself runs on an IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor, with internal flash memory and the option to expand the memory using either SD memory card or external USB hard disk drive. The console will be backwards compatible with Wii, and is set for release in Spring 2012. No pricing details were given.

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