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Nintendo announced its newest game console today and successor to the Wii, the Wii U. The console was announced just minutes ago at the Nintendo demonstration at E3.

New Yorkers love the original Nintendo Wii, and the console became a phenomenon to gamers both young and old. Nintendo is hoping the Wii U will help them take control of the console wars the same way the Nintendo Wii brought Nintendo back to the forefront of gaming.

Nintendo Global President Saturo Iwata said Nintendo wants to create a platform that will attract both hardcore and casual gamers, and the Wii U will meet that goal.

Nintendo President of America Reggie Fils-Aime introduced the console and said he wants it to change gaming.

The Wii U Controller now looks like an original Game Boy Advance. It has a large, 6.2 inch screen on it that can continue play even if your television is on another channel. The screen can also be drawn on, used as a motion control, and its own motion sensor.

Essentially, the New Wii U Controller will function as its own version of the Kinnect. “The Wii U controller was created so that the highest amount go games can be played,” Iwata said. “It is not designed to be its own console,” Iwata said. The console will generate the graphics and gameplay, and send it to the controller.

The graphics, the main criticism of the original WIi, are drastically improved on the Wii U, and look built for HD. They are easily up to Xbox 360’s level, if not surpassed.

The demo video showed a drastic increase in interactivity. The Wii U is also backwards compatible, and will play any Wii game or accessory, according to Iwata.

Other features of the Wii U will include web browsing and chatting, which can also be done on the Wii U Controller, even while the TV connected to the Wii U is on another channel.

There is also an impressive array of third party titles lined up for the Wii U, including EA Sports titles, Resident Evil, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Darksiders II, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden III,

Certain games will even be universal to the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS, like the upcoming Super Smash Brothers game. “There won’t be a shortage of ideas,” Shigeru Miyamoto said when asked about the Wii U. Look for the Wii U to be released in 2012.

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