Video game industry veteran Nintendo unveiled its latest hardware offering at the E3 conference in Los Angeles this week, announcing the Wii U, the successor to its highly successful Wii video game console, according to the Wall Street Journal
The Wii U, which builds on the motion-control technology that helped make the original Wii so successful, will reportedly pack a more powerful processor than its predecessor, enabling the console to run games in high-definition resolution, a feature that rival hardware platforms offered but the original Wii lacked.
The Wii U also features a new controller with a six inch touchscreen display and a built-in camera.
The introduction of the Wii U comes at a pivotal moment for Nintendo — last fiscal year, the company reported its first annual operating loss in more than three decades of pioneering achievement in the videogame industry.
The original Wii debuted to huge sales numbers, packing retailers with clamoring customers and easily outpacing sales of rival consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3. The stratospheric sales numbers were a welcome relief for a company whose previous two consoles — the Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo Gamecube — were outsold by rival offerings from competitors.
The Wii U does not yet have a specified launch date, but many expect the company to release the new console this year.
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