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E3 2012: Here’s What’s Different About The New Nintendo Wii U

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Posted on June 4, 2012 AT 08:42am

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata hosted a pre-E3 presentation last night, talking about the New Wii U controller and how it’s improved from the prototype model shown at E3 2011.

Not only is the Wii U Pad (WiiPad?) larger that the initial model, but a number of new elements have been added to make the device easier and more comfortable to handle. Here’s a quick breakdown of the changes:

  • Two clickable analogue sticks (no more circle pads).
  • Rounded grips on the rear of the WiiPad.
  • Face buttons and D-pad are now closer to the Wii U screen “to maximize comfort” for long play periods.
  • A “TV Button” has been added that turns the WiiPad into an infrared remote for your actual TV.

Additionally, a scanner has been implemented for scanning real-life objects (like Skylander toys) into certain games.

Source: Nintendo

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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