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article imageNintendo Wii U and its touchscreen controller

By Holly Goodwin     Jun 6, 2011 in Entertainment
Nintendo's next game system, dubbed Wii U, has been confirmed for having touchscreens built into its controllers. Also, Wii U will sport high-def video.
The touchscreen has already been used in Nintendo's portable DS systems which give players the ability to click on "buttons" or other interactive media within the game's screen. For example, in the Harvest Moon DS franchise players are allowed to pet their livestock through the touchscreen. Wii U will have cameras embedded into its controllers like the DS, but unlike the DS's four-inch screen Wii U will have a touchscreen that is six-inches in size.
A screen embedded into a separate controller begs the question as to how it will be used. The DS's touchscreen is a part of its main screen, meaning that players never have to turn their face away from the action to maneuver the touchscreen, but with Wii U the main screen will be on the T.V instead being attached to the touchscreen like it is with the DS. Other curiosities are that the controller is apparently shaped more akin to a tablet than a traditional controller and it will be able to stream entire games from the console. According to Mashable, that technology could be utilized to replace cramped split-screen four-player games so each person could have their own screen. Does this mean the end to friends peaking on each other's screens to get that "lucky" shot?
Much more will be learned about Nintendo's mysterious system on June 7th at the company's E3 conference in Los Angeles. Nintendo has set up a live stream of their conference to air at 9 A.M. tomorrow.
With the unveiling of Wii U Nintendo has cut the prices of its Wii console to $149.99 ( £91 ) in order to rekindle sales of the system.
Wii U is slated to be released in mid-2012.
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