E3 2012: Meet The Wii U GamePad

Sticky thumbs

The Wii U controller has a new name — it's now called Wii U GamePad.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed the redesigned controller, which now features two clickable analogue sticks rather than the sliders previously seen. It was decided that analogue sliders were better suited to handheld devices.

Iwata also revealed that the mysterious square seen on the left of the controller is a Near-Field Communication reader / writer, allowing figurines and other fancy things to interact with Wii U. Another button on the bottom right of Wii U GamePad lets you use the controller as an infra-red television remote control. Nintendo also revealed the back of the controller has been slightly redesigned to be more comfortable.

There was also a black Wii U GamePad spotted.

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