Nintendo just unveiled it's new console, dubbed the Wii U. As rumored, it will deliver 1080p HD graphics with a new tablet-like controller that features a 6-inch touchscreen smack dab in the middle of it.
Where the old Wii's big sell was motion control, it looks like the Wii U will leverage augmented reality gaming — something Nintendo is already playing around with on the 3DS — and have the controller play a very active role (more so than just swinging it around).
The controller will be able to be used as a secondary screen for the Wii U in a number of ways. You'll be able to use it as a scope on a rifle, for example, or put it on the ground to show where your golf ball is. You can also use it for supplementary materials such as maps or inventory screens. For less graphically intensive games, you'll be able to play a full game right on the controller or on the TV; your choice.
You won't be able to cart it around as a standalone portable, however. The Wii U console pushes video to the controller wirelessly, meaning it depends on the console to function.
It appears that all Wii controllers and peripherals will work with the Wii U, allowing you to play with all sorts of different configurations. Also, your drawer full of controllers will be even more cluttered.
There's no word on pricing, but expect the Wii U to drop sometime next year.
Kevin Hall contributed to this report.