The next Nintendo console is a handheld device called the Wii U. The Wii U is a set-top box that is interlinked wirelessly with a tablet-style controller. The Wii U controller is the size of a paperback novel. The interlinking means that you can switch the game back-and-forth between the TV and the controller.
The controller has the standard Nintendo dual thumbstick, trigger buttons, and stereo speakers. The screen of the controller is touch-based and it has an accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, rumble support, and inward-facing camera.
The handheld controller has the ability to use a stylus on the touchscreen. The controller also supports multi-touch so you can play with multiple people on the same screen.
The controller has a motion-tracking system that interacts with the game displayed on the TV screen. An example that Nintendo showcased was using the Wii U controller as a catcher’s mitt to grab a ball. Another demo that Nintendo showcased was placing the Wii U controller on the floor to act as a tee stand when playing golf. You can see the golf ball displayed on the controller before swinging to hit it.
The Nintendo Wii U is expected to be released in 2012.