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Wii U console and controller won't be sold separately

Nintendo tells CVG that hardware duo come as a pair

The Nintendo Wii U tablet-style controller will not be sold separately from it new HD console, Nintendo has told CVG.

We asked a company spokesperson at the firm's VIP stand at E3 2011 in Los Angeles today about the price of each item. He told us that there would only be one bundled RRP, adding: "Both the controller and the console will be sold as one unit. You won't be able to buy the controller alone."

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The rep also told us that multiplayer games being created for the system are only being designed to accomodate one tablet-style controller, whilst other players will need to use a Wiimote. It is currently unknown whether it is possible to sync more than one of the new controllers to a single Wii U.

Nintendo showed off Wii U and its revolutionary new controller for the first time at E3 this morning. Check out our first impressions of the device through here.

As we revealed the night before the conference, it offers motion control, touch sensitivity, dual thumb sticks, left and right triggers and a huge, iPad-challenging screen.

Developers such as EA Sports, Gearbox, Ubisoft and Namco have pledged to bring traditionally 'hardcore' games to the device.

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