CES 2012: Nintendo Shows Off Wii U Console


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Nintendo is showing off their forthcoming Wii U console at CES today, according to various reports. It appears that not much has changed since the console was announced at the 2011 E3 conference, but the hands-on experience is generating a lot of positive buzz.

Last month rumors began circulating that Nintendo was preparing its own app store to run on the console, though representatives at CES are apparently keeping quiet on that issue. They are also keeping quiet on pretty much everything else. Questions about the console’s inner workings, pricing, release date, and launch titles have gone unanswered. What is known is that the console has HD video output (something sorely missed in the first Wii console), and that it includes a tablet-like controller with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with motion controls and front- and rear-facing cameras. There are several game demos available to play and/or watch on the floor at CES, including a glimpse at a Legend of Zelda game that has many a fanboy drooling.

The console is due out sometime in 2012, probably around Thanksgiving, if the launch of the Wii is any indication. Meanwhile, check out a video (courtesy of The Verge) of the Wii U in action, then let us know what you think in the comments.