Nintendo's new console is Wii U

Platform holder confirms controller screen

Nintendo's confirmed that its new home console will be called Wii U.

The platform holder showed the backwards compatible console at its E3 press conference, and it features a touch screen controller, as CVG exclusively revealed earlier this year.

The Wii U supports HD images wirelessly transmitted between the TV screen and game controller, which has a 6.2 inch in-built screen, which doesn't support HD.

Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers.


The controller includes two thumb sticks, face buttons, a d-pad, a built-in camera, two trigger buttons on the left and right shoulders, an accelerometer, rumble feature, a microphone and speakers.

Supporting video chat, the controller can also be used in conjunction with the Wii Remote, Balance Board and Nunchuk.

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The debut demo video showed a player moving the game action from the television screen to the controller's screen. Even though it shares some characteristics, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the controller hasn't been designed to be a portable gaming system.

Another scene showed a player 'drawing' on the Wii U touch screen and placing it on the floor to swing at a virtual golf ball.

"Previously, video games played on a home console have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multiplayer environment," reads Nintendo's official release.

"Furthermore, watching TV and playing console games have been completely separate experiences. The new controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience."

In single-player games Wii U can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV, and change the information and viewpoint based on the orientation of the gyroscope, says Nintendo.

In multiplayer games the player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities, says the platform holder.

"Wii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together," said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

"The experience enabled by Wii U and the new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers."