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Wii U

The Wii U is an eighth-generation videogame home console, developed by Nintendo.  The console was first announced at Nintendo’s E3 Keynote in 2011. The console features powerful triple-core processing technology and is more capable than the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in terms of HD graphics. The console features an innovative new controller, which is currently unnamed.  It features a 6.2 inch touch screen, built-in motion sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer), speakers, a mic, front-facing camera, dual analog circle pads, a d-pad and standard cross, home and trigger buttons.  The screen on the controller can be used to display an entire game – so you don’t have to use the TV at all, you simply stream the game to the controller. Alternatively, the screen can be used to display a menu (so you don’t have to pause mid-game to use the menu), or can be used to take HUD displays that normally take up part of your gameplay screen (e.g. a map of the level can be displayed on the controller instead of the corner of the TV). The motion-sensors can be used to play games in a similar fashion to the Wii remote. The mic and camera allow you to give voice commands or engage in video chat. The speakers allow you to hear the sound of a game, even if the TV is turned off. The console is set to launch in the second half of 2012, at an unannounced price.




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