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Jun082011

Nintendo Unveils Wii U, Successor to Wii

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nintendo unveiled its successor to the bestselling Wii video game system at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Called Wii U, the new console features a new tablet-like controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen and buttons on the sides.  Users will be able to play games on the controller, as well as on the TV, or they can choose to integrate play on both screens.

The Wii U controller will also feature a camera, allowing users to video chat. 

The new gaming system will have an integrated Internet browser and will be compatible with all Wii games and accessories, including its predecessor's controllers.  The Wii's trademark, legless avatars will also once again be featured in the Wii U.

Nintendo hopes the new console, set to be released in 2012, will attract more hardcore gamers with its better graphics.  But video game expert Scott Steinberg, the lead analyst for video game consulting firm TechSavvy and the host of the online video series Game Theory, has some reservations on whether the company can accomplish this.

"Despite a number of key title announcements -- Kid Icarus, for one -- it still remains to be seen whether or not Nintendo can make a compelling case for hardcore as well as casual gamers.  They've yet to trot out marquis, must-see titles," Steinberg told ABC News.

"I don't think they're going to offend anyone with this one or lose the core base of casual fans that help make the Wii a bestseller, but I've yet to see anything that's blowing hardcore players' minds," he added.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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