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Nintendo shows off Wii U titles, 'Miiverse' platform

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(Read caption) A user tests out the controller on the new Nintendo Wii U console.

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Nintendo reps took to the stage Tuesday at the E3 conference in Los Angeles to tout the forthcoming Wii U console, and to offer a look at a range of new games, including Batman Arkham City Armored Edition, Pikmin 3, and New Super Mario Bros. U. But the focus was not just on software: Nintendo also introduced a social-media platform called Miiverse. 

"Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing," Nintendo said in a statement. "From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed."

One of the biggest draws of the Wii U, of course, is the touchscreen controller, which will effectively make the Wii U a two-screen experience. (As we noted yesterday, Microsoft is pursuing something similar with its Xbox SmartGlass project.) And over at Engadget, staffer Tim Stevens got a brief hands-on. So how does the controller handle? 


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