Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime stopped by CNET's New York office on Thursday to talk about the company's upcoming console launch, the Wii U. The system marks the first new home gaming hardware introduced to the U.S. market in six years.
The Wii U also represents a major shift in strategy for Nintendo, deviating from the strict games-only design of previous systems. The Wii U will not only be just for playing games, but also controlling your TV and discovering and streaming other content from the Internet.
Using a tablet and conventional controller hybrid system, the Wii U's claim to fame is that it provides a unique two-screen gaming experience. While other consoles seem to have quietly done away with local multiplayer, the Wii U will play party games that allow for up to five people in a room to take part. There's no doubt the tablet controller will be the most sought-after way to interact with Wii U games, but as of now, Nintendo will not be selling additional tablets separately. I've been told the console does support up to two, but there won't be any software to make use of that at the launch window.
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