E3 2012: New Wii U tablet controller info revealed

Two days before Nintendo is scheduled to hold its E3 2012 press conference in Los Angeles, the company presented a streaming video presentation on its Facebook page where it revealed quite a bit of new information on the Wii U. Specifically, the video, hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, not only confirmed that its Wii U tablet controller had gotten a redesign since it was shown at E3 2011 but also revealed some social networking features and yet another Wii U controller.

Iwata's presentation confirmed what had been previously leaked about the tablet controller; namely that the circle pads on top are now sporting true analog sticks. Also, the rather odd looking square indentation with rounded edges on the left side of the new controller is an NFC reader. The controller will use this to read information from cards and other NFC devices that can be sent to the Wii U.

There's also a new TV remote button on the bottom of the Wii U controller which turns the touch screen into a full remote control for your television set.

Nintendo also revealed that it will sell a more conventional Wii U Pro controller for those folks who just want to play games. It should be a bit more comfortable to use for long gaming sessions.

However, the tablet controller will have quite a bit of social networking features built in. During an actor-based demo of a generic zombie game, the Wii U player used the touch screen of the  tablet controller to send messages to find out how to beat a zombie boss. The messages go out to other social networking sites.

The Wii U can also be used as a video camera to chat with others, as in the example above.

Nintendo also showed the next generation of its Mii avatar support, announcing Miiverse. When you turn on your Wii U, you will see lots of Miis on screen, surrounding icons of games they like to play. The Miis can come from your system, your friends' Wii U or any other people who have similar interests.

The tablet controller can also be used as a touch screen paint program, using your fingers or a stylus. The controller was also shown surfing the net and that content can also be displayed on a big screen TV.

Nintendo is saving its game announcements for its E3 press conference on Tuesday. However, the new information about the tablet controller and its social networking features are certainly interesting.

Source: Nintendo Facebook page | Images via Nintendo

NeoGamr and Neowin's coverage of E3 2012 is sponsored by War Inc. Battle Zone.

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I know what people will bloat about: The WiiU Pro controller is a direct ripoff of the 360's.

So let's be frank, in the whole history of video games, that controller (360's) has been the best one. It fits perfectly well on the hand, and it has about the right weight (I'm not fan of very light controllers...)

So it's good that they copy it... Now, do not know if putting the buttons below the right control stick will be a good idea....

Would have preferred a new GC controller myself - still my favourite controller Although the buttons are placed there to match the tablet, we'll see how it is in operation :3

Jose_49 said,
I know what people will bloat about: The WiiU Pro controller is a direct ripoff of the 360's.

So let's be frank, in the whole history of video games, that controller (360's) has been the best one. It fits perfectly well on the hand, and it has about the right weight (I'm not fan of very light controllers...)

So it's good that they copy it... Now, do not know if putting the buttons below the right control stick will be a good idea....

If they had to pick any controller to copy im glad they went with the 360

Jose_49 said,
I know what people will bloat about: The WiiU Pro controller is a direct ripoff of the 360's.

So let's be frank, in the whole history of video games, that controller (360's) has been the best one. It fits perfectly well on the hand, and it has about the right weight (I'm not fan of very light controllers...)

So it's good that they copy it... Now, do not know if putting the buttons below the right control stick will be a good idea....


It looks like a updated game cube controller to me.. I hope they will still support the Wiimote..

statm1 said,

It looks like a updated game cube controller to me..

What? Are your blind? Unless by update you mean they threw away the old design and made a new one, this looks nothing like the gamecube controller. What is does look like is the Xbox and that's a good thing

Jose_49 said,

So it's good that they copy it... Now, do not know if putting the buttons below the right control stick will be a good idea....

Don't see why it would be a problem; they've simply mirrored the 360's design.

I think the way controllers are now is probably the most optimal design for the way we currently play games. Sony needs to rethink its controller, though.

Also, controllers can't be too drastically different because it would create headache for developers with control scheme layouts.

That controller quite literally looks like a mirror image of the Xbox controller. I know that the analogue stick and buttons have been switched, but if it wasnt for the Wii U logo I would have thought it was some weird third party 360 controller

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