After months of frenzied (and largely incorrect) speculation Nintendo have just unveiled their brand new home console at E3. Called the Nintendo WiiU, and currently due for release late next year, here are the facts:

1. It’s a stand-alone tablet that connects directly to small console unit, with apparently no latency issues whatsoever. The console itself was kept in the background throughout Nintendo’s presentation, but it’s going to look something like this:

2. It has a 6.2 inch touch screen, two analogue controls sticks, a D-pad and four face buttons, four shoulder buttons, rumble functionality, a microphone, speakers, a gyroscope and a camera.

3. The unit enables you to continue a game on the unit that you’d been previously playing on your TV. So for example, if your girlfriend comes home and wants to stick the TV on, she can simply change the channel, leaving you to continue playing on the touchscreen.

4. The unit is going to have full High Def visuals, and a demo video (featuring HD wildlife) boasted visuals that were easily in the same league as some of the best-looking current PS3 games.

5. It has apparently NOT been designed to be a portable console. It isn’t clear what this means at this stage, exactly.

6. It can be used to make and receive video calls.

7. You can use it to browse the web. If you find something of interest – be it a picture or a video – you can simply swipe up on the screen in order to send it straight to your television.

8. As you can see by watching the video below, some of the world’s top publishers are getting 100% behind the device, including EA, THQ and Ubisoft.

More info and hands-on impressions on Nintendo’s Wii U to follow…

Watch some of the world’s biggest videogame creators discuss Wii U here:

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