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E3 2011: Nintendo announces Wii UAt E3 2011, Nintendo unveils its new iPad-like game controller called the Wii U, due out in 2012.
So today, welcome to the World of Wii U. This is the new controller for Wii U. It's different from anything you've played before. To begin explaining, let's take a little quick peek at Wii U in action. Up until now, home console games have to occupy the TV screen in order to be played. But the new controller for Wii U, with 6.2-inch screen built-in means you won't need to give up your game play when someone else comes into the room and wants to watch a TV program. Of course, it's backward compatible, so all Wii games, Wii remote controllers, and other accessories, such as Wii Balance Board, can be used. For example, to weigh yourself with Wii Fit there is no need to use the big screen TV. It includes two analog circle pads, a plus (+) control pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, ZL and ZR buttons, and the addition of L and R buttons. Also, it enables the rumble feature, but that's not all. The Wii U controller also includes a touch screen, a microphone, speakers, an accelerometers, a gyroscope, and an inward facing camera. The images displayed on the new controller are generated only by Wii U. They are wirelessly transmitted without latency issues. You can play in a number of ways. Connect with an HDTV in a traditional way and you can enjoy the most up-to-date high-quality HD images even without using the screen in your hands. Or, you can place the new controller by itself on a table and play without the need for a TV at all. Or, games can be structured to use two screens at the same time. The example you saw on the video-audio, such as playing baseball, golf, using the new [unk] only a few of the possibilities. We decided on this new structure for Wii U because we want to create a strong bond between games, your TV and the Internet. This can include web-browsing, using the big screen for sharing the photos or videos you found online or enjoying video chat on the Wii U controller, even while watching a TV program. It's a new structure for home entertainment.