Wii U: Key points from Nintendo’s pre-E3 presentation

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, in a recorded statement from Japan, officially introduced the Wii U on Sunday ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Here are some highlights, and the video itself:

The GamePad is the official name of the system’s signature screen-equipped controller, which has undergone some changes from the original version shown last year. It can be used as a TV remote after you use it to shut down the console. But, now the GamePad is no longer alone …

The Wii U Pro controller will appeal to more hardcore gamers with its traditional design. Kotaku has a great analysis.

The Miiverse takes Wii gamers, finally, into something at least resembling proper online play and community networking, and will eventually embrace 3DS owners as well as users of PCs and mobile devices. Nintendo says its goal is to connect people, and they seem to finally mean business.

Via TechCrunch and Kotaku

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