wiiu See the Nintendo Wii U in action

With only one of the three next-generation consoles coming out this year, Nintendo's Wii U is understandably getting a lot of attention at E3. Like the original Wii it is something that has to be experienced to fully appreciate, but gamers can get some insight from a number of demonstration videos.

With only one of the three next-generation consoles coming out this year, Nintendo's Wii U is understandably getting a lot of attention at E3. Like the original Wii it is something that has to be experienced to fully appreciate, but gamers can get some insight from a number of demonstration videos.

 
First, check out the new gamepad itself. It has all the buttons you'd expect from a controller, as well as touchscreen that can be used with your fingers or a stylus, effectively bringing the Nintendo DS experience to the Wii. It wouldn't be Wii without motion control, however, so it also features a motion sensor, gyro sensor and geomagnetic sensor, which not only means it can be used to perform in-game actions; it even knows when you turn around.
 
 
At yesterday's presentation at E3 Nintendo revealed over two dozen games that will be coming to the Wii U, including Nintendo classics like Mario and Pikmin. Check out some of the lineup below.
 
 
For a more detailed look at Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U, see the following trailers:
 
 
 
The real stars of the show, however, are ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, both of which show off both the high-resolution graphics of the Wii U and the innovative, and what seems like just plain fun, ways of making use of the new controller. Check out the gameplay reveals, and notice the black controller, which suggests there will be two versions of the console.
 

 
Nintendo is giving hands-on demos of five of the 12 themed mini-games from Nintendo Land, the “showcase” title that will likely accompany the Wii U and give players a taste of the different styles of gameplay possible with the new controller. Chris Grant from Polygon gives a good overview of what these gaming experiences are like.