First Official Tech Details on Wii U and Its Bold New ControllerMichael McWhertor6/07/11 1:00pmFiled to: e3 2011Wii uE3NintendoWii 2wii HDProject cafeOriginalHands-Onfirst lookE311hardwareE311hardwareday1235EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Nintendo's new controller has been revealed, a touchscreen-based device that works with all-new, high-definition hardware. This is our first official look at Wii U. We've seen it in person, played with its unique control scheme. It is a combination of a more traditional interface—as previously reported, the new controller has two analog sticks, one d-pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons and two triggers—and the tilting, turning and shaking motion controls that made the Wii a smash success. The new controller also incorporates a large touchscreen interface, a front-facing camera, gyroscope, and microphone. Advertisement Advertisement Nintendo offered the following loose technical specifications to Kotaku in a pre-briefing on Nintendo's Wii U.High definition display, up to 1080p resolution via HDMI output6.2" touchscreen on New Controller, running in non-HD resolutionInternal flash-based media storage, upgradeable via USB and SD cardsGames ship on proprietary iDensity discs of unspecified, but "large capacity"Games will also be available as downloadable contentConsole compatible with Wii games and devicesRelease date between April 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012; or after the end of Nintendo's fiscal yearRead Kotaku's hands-on impressions of Wii U and a handful of new tech demos for more.