Nintendo WiiU Set For Release In 2012

Looks pretty cool:
Nintendo announced a new videogame console called the WiiU that plays high-definition graphics and features a 6.2-inch touchscreen on its controller, improving on its hit Wii.

The move on Tuesday pressures rivals like Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp to come up with new game systems, and could jumpstart a $65 billion global industry that surpasses Hollywood in size.

The new device will launch between April and December 2012, the company told reporters in Los Angeles without saying how much it would cost.

Nintendo, once a leader in hardware sales, retains a leading market share. The company, however, is struggling to win users from Microsoft and Sony after the disappointing introduction of its 3DS handheld device. For a graphic on the state of the industry, click

The new console is the first Nintendo device to support HD graphics. Its controller features a 6.2-inch touch-screen that works like a second display, showing the same images being played on a TV screen. The smaller screen can provide gamers with additional information, giving them an edge over competitors.

The WiiU's controller can also be used to make voice calls and run old Nintendo games. It has motion-sensor capabilities and works in conjunction with existing Wii controllers, the company said.
My emphasis.

How much will it cost? Well, when the first Wii debuted, it retailed for $250.00 and came only with one remote and one nunchuck, as well as all required cables. No games. No extra controllers.

My guess? $350.00 for a new WiiU (how the hell do we say that? "weee-you"?) and one of those bad-ass controllers. Nothing more.

Either way, it will be interesting to see the development of this as time passes.

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