Nintendo Wii U announced

Nintendo Wii U — that’s the name of Nintendo’s next console … thing. The new high-definition system and controller pair was announced during the company’s E3 2011 press conference, and is due to launch sometime in 2012.

The controller features a large, touch-capable screen, paired with two circle pads, a directional pad, face buttons, a camera, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Nintendo is positioning it as an entertainment sharing device, with video and gameplay working across the controller and your home console.

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