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Last night on Nintendo Direct, the Japanese giant confirmed an earlier Nikkei report, revealing a much larger, and much more round 3DS. The new machine features a larger everything: the top screen clocks in at 4.88 inches, and the bottom at a respectable 4.18 inches. Up from the 3.53-inch top screen and 3.02-inch lower screen on the original 3DS. The good news is that Nintendo hasn't given us long to wait for the new system.
Here at E3 2012, Nintendo announced a list of twenty-four games. No launch dates yet, of course; Nintendo has confirmed the system's release this holiday season, but no day was given. Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-AIme made the company's E3 2012 message clear, though: it's the games that matter most.
The Wii was a brilliant console despite its last-gen graphics and waggle for one reason: it expanded gaming and simplified the complexities of the modern controller's analog sticks, buttons and triggers with intuitive motion-control. The Wii made mom, dad, grandma and grandpa see they too could enjoy gaming; that the pass-time wasn't just for the so-called "core" gamer. With the Wii, Nintendo touted that gaming could appeal to everyone. Nintendo's strategy with the Wii U might sound cheesy — "Together, Better" — but is the Wii U and its tablet-esque controller turning its back on the very casual gamers it embraced with the Wii? I have reason to believe so.
After releasing early details about its Wii U over the weekend, Nintendo gave the world a more in-depth look at the Wii U hardware from its stage here at E3 2012. It's pretty clear that the Wii U GamePad is a huge departure from what we're used to: it's got a touchscreen, NFC, controls your TV, speakers, a stylus and more. Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U is coming out this holiday season. Follow us as we give you a tour of the Wii U's take on what next-gen gameplay looks like.