Nintendo’s Next Generation Wii U Console Features controller with 6.2-inch Touchscreen

Submitted by lalit on June 7, 2011 - 8:17pm.

At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced Wii U, a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen. According to Nintendo, adding a second screen to the living room creates a multitude of new video game experiences while offering families a variety of options to customize their entertainment.

In single player games the new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV. The information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope. On the other hand, in multiplayer games the player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.

Along with the 6.2-inch touchscreen the new controller features an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controller™ button scheme – two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons – will enable a breadth of game-play experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated video game players.

The new Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.

No word on the launch date or pricing, but you can get more information and watch videos about the Wii U on Nintendo’s website. Check out the introductory video of Wii U that Nintendo showed at E3 below.