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Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U

Gaming executives hope the new Nintendo Wii can jumpstart a $65bn video games industry

Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
The new Nintendo game console Wii U is displayed at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Wii U will have HD graphics, a controller with a 6.2 inch touch screen and be compatible with all other Wii accessories (Getty Images)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Nintendo exhibitor Aurielle Rounsaville displays the new game console Wii U at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Wii U, complete with a new touchscreen controller, is aimed at winning back hardcore gamers from rivals such as Microsoft Corp's Xbox (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Nintendo exhibitor Aurielle Rounsaville displays the new game console Wii U at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
While the first new gaming console in five years fell short of being the game-changer the original was - luring millions of new casual users with its simplicity and motion-control - industry executives and analysts gave the Wii U's touchscreen controller the thumbs-up (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
A choir performs during a news conference before the unveiling of the new game console Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (Getty Images)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director, Nintendo Co, Ltd., gestures during a news conference as an orchestra performs before the unveiling of the new game console Wii U (Getty Images)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Satoru Iwata, (L) Global President, Nintendo Co., Ltd., and Reggie Fils-Aime, President, Nintendo America, speaks during a news conference after the unveiling of the new game console Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Industry critics in early reviews praised the innovation embodied by the separate device, larger than Apple Inc's iPhone, but smaller than the iPad. It has a touchscreen, camera and video-call capability, plus an array of buttons and functions that might entice gamers who play longer and more intensely (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Japan's Nintendo unveils next generation Wii U
Satoru Iwata, Global President, Nintendo Co, Ltd., speaks during a news conference after the unveiling of the new game console Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)