What do you think of the Wii U? Vote now in our poll

Nintendo has got a brand new console -- the Wii U is a funny-lookin' beast with a bulky touchscreen controller. Is it a great idea? Or has Nintendo messed up? Have your say in our poll.

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Nintendo has got a new toy -- the Wii U console, unveiled at the E3 expo in LA earlier this week. It's a radical new direction and unlike anything we've seen before. But is it a good idea? Or a design disaster? Have your say in our Facebook poll.

The Wii U console itself is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, but we know that it'll be able to output visuals in HD, unlike the Wii, which offers only ropey standard-definition graphics. The controller looks a bit like a big, chunky iPad and features a 6.2-inch touch screen surrounded by a medley of buttons.

Nintendo is really hoping that the motion control and a big, jolly touchscreen will satisfy the casual audience that were drawn in by the Wii, as well as seducing iron-thumbed hardcore gamers with its array of buttons, which are arranged almost exactly like Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers.

Developers building games for other consoles could -- in theory -- easily port those games across to the Wii U, ensuring that it'll always enjoy a steady flow of popular titles. Developers were certainly keen to espouse their love of the console at Nintendo's E3 press conference.

But on the other hand, perhaps casual gamers will be put off by the fearsome throng of buttons, and hardcore gamers will prefer not to play games using such a massive, chunky controller. The Wii U could fall between two stools -- loved by neither the casuals nor the hardcore audiences.

We can't make up our minds, so we're asking you! Vote in our poll, and we'll write up the results next week, so check back to see whether your views are in line with the larger populace. Oh, and click 'Like' on our Facebook page too, if you fancy.