Nintendo unveils console successor

Nintendo has launched its eagerly anticipated Wii U — the first major home console launch since 2006.

The Wii U features the GamePad controller, a tablet-type device that allows users to continue playing after the connected television has been turned off or switched to another channel. The controller boasts a 15.7cm touchscreen display and a three- to five-hour battery life.

Among the games expected to be best-sellers are ZombiU, which carries an 18 age restriction, Nintendo Land — the Wii Sports for the new console — and New Super Mario Bros U.

The console has received mixed reviews in the US, with most concerns surrounding the amount of games that will be available to justify the €300-plus cost. Others point to the poor battery, a lack of stand-out launch games, and frustrating menus and online services.

Four men camped outside HMV in Oxford St, Lon-don, since last Saturday to ensure they would be first to get the console.


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