Nintendo has unveiled the successor to the hugely successful Wii console at a press conference at E3 in Los Angeles.
Wii U, previously nicknamed Project Cafe will feature HD graphics and a 6.2 inch touchscreen controller with two analogue sticks, a microphone, accelerometer and an inward facing camera.
The console’s key feature, however, will be the way the touchscreen controller interacts with your TV screen. You can stop playing your game on your home TV, and switch seamlessly to the controller’s screen and continue playing.
The screen can also be used in tandem with your TV, examples featured were a game in which you had a shuriken on your touchscreen, you flick towards the TV screen and the weapon will transfer to the TV in-game.
Wii U will also be backwards compatible with the original Wii, meaning you can use the Wii remote together with the new controller. For example, an demo shown featured a golf game where your ball was pictured on the touchscreen placed on the floor and you can swing your Wii remote to hit the ball from the touchscreen onto your TV.
The Wii U will also have full internet connectivity, including a browser that can be transmitted to screen or used on the controller independantly.
“What we haven’t as an industry is create a home console that appeals to all players” said Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. “Wii U will provide deeper gameplay for dedicated video game players and wider appeal for more casual users.”
The Wii U is scheduled for release next year, no price has yet been announced. The original Wii is the fastest selling video game console of all time, selling 86 million units worldwide.