Wii U, controllers, features officially unveiled

Last updated 14:22 05/06/2012

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Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata unveiled upcoming Wii U console features during a live Internet stream this morning.

The tablet controller is called the Wii U Gamepad, and features an NFC reader and writer, motion and gyroscope sensors, and a fully-independent infrared TV remote functionality. As was leaked last month, the thumbsliders have been replaced by analog thumbsticks.

The rumoured second controller was also confirmed, and will be known as the Wii U Pro Controller. Closely resembling the controller of another major console with its dual analogue sticks, ergonomic design and button layout, it aims to appeal to Nintendo fans who enjoy hardcore action titles.

Nintendo also intend to enter the social space, and has added social functionality to its upcoming Wii U.

Iwata demonstrated a section of what Nintendo has dubbed the Wii-universe or Miiverse, a homescreen where the Mii avatars of a player's friends appear, huddled around the game they are currently playing.

The Wiiverse will also display Mii avatars of other players clustered around popular games. Messages can be sent between Miis and appear as speech balloons next to each.


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