Wii U: Nintendo Unwraps Wii Successor

Wii-UNintendo has unveiled its long-overdue successor to the Wii console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata introduced the Wii U on Tuesday, giving guests and delegates at the E3 the first official view of the white touchscreen controller that aims to change home gaming habits with its built-in 6.2-inch screen. “Up until now, home console games had to occupy the TV screen in order to be played,” Iwata said as he took the lid off the Wii U. “The new controller for Wii U, with its 6.2-inch screen built in, means you won’t need to give up your gameplay when someone else comes in the room and wants to watch a TV program.”

The Wii U is not all about gaming, though, as it can also be used to broadcast standard-definition video and make video calls with its front-facing camera. Expected to reach consumers between April and December next year, the Wii U will work with Wii games and controllers, Nintendo said.