Nintendo just unveiled its newest home console, dubbed the Wii U, during a presentation at the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles. That’s a picture of the controller, via the company’s E3 webcast, which you can watch here.

Features of the controller include a touch screen, gyroscope, speakers, accelerometer and camera. In that way, it’s a major evolution of the existing motion-sensitive Wii controllers. Nintendo says the screen on the Wii U controller can work in conjunction with the action on the TV screen or as a standalone device for playing games.

This is Nintendo’s attempt to follow up on the breakthrough success of the Wii, which has been waning recently as Microsoft and Sony have come out with their own motion controllers for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Wii U is expected to be released next year. No price announcement yet. The Guardian has an early hands-on with the tech demos that Nintendo will be showing at E3. It’s backward-compatible with existing Wii games.

And yes, the company says, it outputs HD graphics.

Comments

  • http://www.atebymonsters.com Matt

    Couple minutes in and still waiting for the console part of things … they just keep talking about the tablet, errr um controller, errr um iPad….

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Nintendo on another great system! Shame about that name, though. Someone should tell Reggie that there are more letters on the keyboard below the top row.

  • Anonymous

    OK wow, you have to admit that looks really really good! I want one.

    total-privacy.no.tc

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevepageuk Steve Page

    Weeeeeee YOOOOOOO!!!!! Do they name these things at the park? Who was on the slide?! LOL

  • Guest

    Looks like a PSP, except with the casing designed by an undergrad with a few weeks of CAD experience and the analog sticks moved to a less ergonomic spot just to be different.

    Cost is going to be one of the bigger delivery issues here. The camera and touch screen together are going to dictate a reasonably hefty micro.

  • Guest

    Looks like a PSP, except with the casing designed by an undergrad with a few weeks of CAD experience and the analog sticks moved to a less ergonomic spot just to be different.

    Cost is going to be one of the bigger delivery issues here. The camera and touch screen together are going to dictate a reasonably hefty micro.

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