Nintendo debuts touchscreen Wii successor at E3

June 7, 2011 - 12:14 PM
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FILE - In this June 16, 2010 file photo, show attendees play video games on Nintendo 3DS at the Nintendo booth at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. After two years of shrinking Wii sales, the gamemaker will fully raise the curtain on the Wii's successor at the gaming industry's annual convention beginning June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles. Nintendo Co. has remained silent about just what the doodad will do, but gamers are anticipating features like high-definition graphics and touchscreen controllers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nintendo is introducing the world to the Wii's touchy new big brother: Wii U.

The Japanese gaming giant said Tuesday that the successor to the Wii video game console will broadcast high-definition video and feature a touchscreen controller with the ability to detect motion and broadcast video that can interact and switch back and forth to the television display.

Nintendo Co. revealed Wii U during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The white 6.2-inch touchscreen controller features a directional pad, microphone, dual analog sticks, two speakers, pairs of shoulder buttons and a front-facing camera.

Nintendo says Wii U will be compatible with Wii games and controllers and the system will be released between April and December next year.

The price of the new system was not announced.