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At the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, expectations were buzzing about Nintendo’s impending unveiling of its successor the Wii. And observers weren’t disappointed. Dubbed the “Wii U”, the console is a full HD version of the Wii with graphics that rival the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, along with support for the Wii controller. The most notable part of the new system is the new controller, which looks like an iPad and a Wii remote had a baby. It acts as an HD touchscreen, and many industry insiders speculate the Wii U may allow you to take games with you when you leave the TV. Many people, however, are confused by Nintendo’s presentation. On the one hand, the Big N promised graphical horsepower to rival its top two competitors; on the other, it debuted games for the Wii U that looked very similar to current generation Wii games (i.e., blocky and kind of ugly in HD). But Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve: a plump, Italian plumber named Mario.

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