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Touchscreen Wii successor debuts

Associated Press / June 8, 2011

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LOS ANGELES — Nintendo has introduced the Wii’s touchy new big brother: the Wii U.

The Wii video game console’s successor broadcasts high-definition video and features a touchscreen controller that can detect motion and interact with what appears on a television display.

“Up until now, home console games had to occupy the TV screen in order to be played,’’ said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. “The new controller for Wii U, with its 6.2-inch screen built in, means you won’t need to give up your gameplay when someone else comes in the room and wants to watch a TV program.’’