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Nintendo puts Wii U front and center at E3 (live blog)

At E3 event, Nintendo shines the spotlight on its Wii U device. It will support two separate tablet game pads and "asymmetric gameplay," two players playing the same game, but in different ways.

Nintendo E3 2012
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We expect Nintendo to put its new Wii U console/handheld hybrid device front and center at E3 this year. Super Mario Brothers, Pikmin, and other games are sure to come along. Will Nintendo expand the library of third-party games it showcased last year? What about a 3DS Slim?

For those answers and more, check in with our live blog coverage here, beginning at 8:45 a.m. PT/11:45 a.m. ET today.

Between now and then, our ongoing E3 coverage will keep you up to date on the latest from the show. Check it out here.

Editors' note: The original version of this post was published June 5 at 4:50 a.m. PT.