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Wii U GamePad serves as TV remote, includes L3 and R3 buttons

Nintendo has unveiled the official name and design of the Wii U controller.

Nintendo has unveiled the official name and design of the Wii U controller. The "Wii U GamePad" has been redesigned since its debut at last year's E3. The revised design includes full analog sticks, versus circle pads. In a pre-E3 video stream, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted that the original design was better suited to portable devices. In addition, the new analog sticks feature L3 and R3 buttons by pushing in the analog sticks, a la PS3 and Xbox 360. Surprisingly, the controller will work as a "fully independent infrared TV remote," letting you control both your Wii U console and television from the same device.

Control TV from your Wii U remote!

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    June 3, 2012 3:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Wii U GamePad serves as TV remote, includes L3 and R3.

    Nintendo has unveiled the official name and design of the Wii U controller.

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      June 3, 2012 3:18 PM

      the name is really creative

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        June 3, 2012 4:43 PM

        pretty bad comment ... noob

        the name is fine we dont need any stupid apple buzzwords of tabletz and icrap like that

        Mii Wara Wara wins .... expect menes and gifs .... speaking of that ... yeah neogaf was down during nintendo direct ... server overload.

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        June 3, 2012 6:32 PM

        god u fukin nub

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      June 3, 2012 4:37 PM

      Remember me .... where is that guy now that bookmarked past articles where i shared my information ... better yet the wiiu gamepad actuallly has ability to run small stuff without host console ... great.

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      June 3, 2012 4:53 PM

      I love nintendo to death and have many great memories playing nes gameboy n64 gamecube wii but this thing will be the death of Nintendo.... They havn't even released the price yet (unless I missed it) and I feel it's going to be expensive. Playing games holding a bulky "er" ipad in your hand? I don't know know...

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        June 3, 2012 6:11 PM

        dude they probably sell the hardware at a profit again, so that they can survive even with a smaller audience. Nintendo is near genius at protecting itself financially...

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        June 3, 2012 8:39 PM

        Do you have any basis for that other than "people on the internet are negative"?

        I am so sick of this bandwagon horseshit with products where the negativity becomes a self-perpetuating meme with no basis in reason or logic.

        People don't like the Wii U or the Wii because they don't want to like it. It has next to nothing to do with anything Nintendo actually does. Microsoft has already proven the idiocy of people's thought process on things like this by rebadging Windows Vista and all of a sudden people loved it. If Wii U fails it will be largely due to the "Wii U is going to fail" meme that hordes of internet retards have artificially created around it.

        It is not going to sell as much as the Wii, no. But why is that considered apocalyptic for Nintendo all of a sudden. PS3 has sold a laughably small fraction of what PS2 did and yet Sony is still in business. All of Sony's other businesses are struggling as well and yet you do not see one tenth of the doom and gloom negativity as you do surrounding Nintendo. It's. Just. A. Meme.

        Ninty is sitting on a big pile of cash, the the 3DS is turning around, and the Wii U looks to be the most powerful, exciting console they have ever produced. So if you really are a Nintendo fan you are an utter fool to buy into the hater anti-hype hype surrounding the Wii U.

        Worst case scenario Nintendo pulls a GameCube and as we all know that wasn't the end of the world, was it?

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        June 3, 2012 8:59 PM

        This kind of stuff gets posted before each of their systems come out, and they are always 'ok'

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          June 3, 2012 9:06 PM

          Anyone got links to when the Wii was announced and the doom and gloom? We could probably just save some time and re-read those for our fill of Nintendo hate :D

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      June 3, 2012 9:14 PM

      That controller is ridiculously huge.

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      June 3, 2012 10:06 PM

      Gotta say the Wii U Pro controller they showed look interesting - basically a 360 controller, but with a Nintendo quality D-Pad. Can't go wrong there.

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