Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U hardware will offer games, social and entertainment options to change the living room of product owners.

Entertainment options to be included for Wii U include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube.

The Wii U GamePad will double as a wireless remote controller and provide an alternate screen to play titles from the controller screen while keeping the TV available for other users.

The Wii U will be released in 2012.

The Wii U GamePad allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

It includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

Additionally features include Wii U controller web browsing and video call chat.

The hardware will be fully backwards compatible with the Wii.

Finally, the hardware will include a social component called Miiverse to allow users to chat and view the status of other players.

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