Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and head of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Wii U, revealing the machine first reared its head in Nintendo meetings back in 2008.

The seven-page chat also addresses the perception that Nintendo's addition of a touch screen controller is an admission of the increasing prevalence of tablets:

Iwata: But because people outside the company do not have an insight into our development process, when people see this for the first time in 2011 when this is revealed, they might think, "Oh, Nintendo is going to add a tablet to their console". I think that's how people may see it.

Iwata: But when we were first talking about this, tablet devices weren't very common. It's very similar with the Nintendo 3DS system, we release something after much internal debate and development, and that release timing happens to be when something like that is extremely popular. I feel like that has been our trend lately.

Be sure to read the full Iwata Asks Wii U interview and check out the Nintendo Wii U E3 2011 video to see how Nintendo's new console will change gaming in the home.