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Nintendo reveals new Wii U console

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Nintendo has unveiled a brand new console – the Wii U – which is designed to appeal to a wide range of gamers when it is released in 2012.

The controller for the new device features a 6.2-inch colour touchscreen and connects wirelessly to the console that now supports high definition games.

You can play games on the TV with the controller as a second screen or switch just to the controller if someone is watching TV.  

The interaction can extend to other games and uses.

One example was using a Wii motion controller as a golf club and standing over the Wii U controller’s display and hitting the ball from the small screen and view its flight on your TV.

Another example shown at the event was using the controller as a shield and being able to change your view of the game simply by moving the controller’s screen in any certain direction.

The Wii U's main console

Nintendo made the big reveal of the rumoured products at its gala press conference on the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

The company said it would go for sale around the world sometime in 2012.

The new Wii U will be backwards compatible with Wii games while controllers from the original Wii will still be able to be used with the new device.

What surprised everyone at the press conference in Los Angeles was the controller which can also be used as a tablet device.

The Wii U's controller

It has a camera and is also capable of web browsing and making video calls within range of the console and inside the home’s wireless network.

There are also analogue control sticks which will also make it possible to play games like first person shooters that appeal to more hardcore players.

At the same time the movement controls will still attract casual and first time gamers.

At the press conference Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime described Wii U as “infinitely complex, but perfectly simple”.

The entire Nintendo E3 press conference can seen here.