Nintendo Co. this week detailed new information for the Wii U tablet controller, introduced the Pro Controller and a new social component called Miiverse.
The Wii U GamePad now features analog sticks, updated from the prototype analog pads, which click down and will include a new NFC Reader / Writer to transmit data from cards and figures. In addition, the GamePad will include TV remote functionality to allow users to control their TV from the GamePad.
The Wii U Pro Controller is a traditional game controller that will be sold for Wii U. It features traditional face and analog buttons found in standard game controllers without the trademark touchscreen.
Miiverse is a new social component in the Wii U UI that allows users to keep track and chat with their Mii friends. Text-chat is enabled via an on-screen keyboard from the Wii U GamePad, or users can video chat or draw from the GamePad to communicate.
Miiverse social functionality will be accessible from the Nintendo 3DS, PC, and any mobile web browser at a to be determined date.
Finally, the Wii U will be backwards compatible with all Wii peripherals.
The company has not issued technical hardware specifications for the Wii U, though it will utilize a CPU by IBM Corp. and a custom Radeon graphics chipset by AMD Inc to relay high-definition visuals.
The Wii U is scheduled to be released in 2012.