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New Wii U Details Announced

Wii U

Earlier this evening, Nintendo streamed a pre-E3 edition of Nintendo Direct, focused entirely on the Wii U. Although no launch titles were announced in the broadcast, it offered a closer look at the upcoming console. In particular, the innovative - and much talked about - tablet controller has been given a new name and redesign. Now officially known as the Wii U Gamepad, notable changes from last year's prototype include the addition of NFC functionality, a TV button, and control sticks as opposed to nubs. Additionally, the face buttons have been moved for added player comfort, as have the start and select buttons.

Wii U Gamepad

Beyond cosmetic upgrades, several other notable features of the Wii U were detailed - including confirmation of a web browser (complete with privacy curtain to hide it from being viewed on the TV) Nintendo Network support, video calling, and a sneak peek at the Wii U's menu. Perhaps the most exciting new feature, however, was the announcement of Miiverse - an integrated set of online tools designed to complement gameplay. Offering cross platform (3DS and Wii U) chat, and with planned mobile and PC versions, Nintendo seems to be embracing both the online and social aspects of the Wii U in a big way.

Stay tuned to GameSplash for more information on the Wii U, as well as everything else E3 related, all week long!

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