As promised, Nintendo's Pre-E3 conference hosted by company President Satoru Iwata out of their Kyoto headquarters, heralded some new details on their upcoming new console, locking in the final look of the device and it's tablet controller and revealing some new features.
The tablet control's final design confirms the recent leaked photo that showed the wireless touch-screen device with two larger analogue sticks. It also confirmed that the controller would have Near Field Communication (NFC) support, which had also been hinted at in a recent leaked trailer for Ubisoft's Rayman: Legends.
Iwata reiterated that the existing Wii peripherals including the Wii-Remote, Nunchuck and Balance Board would all be compatible with Wii-U, before taking a moment to reveal a new "Pro Controller" (pictured below) -- a new input device no-doubt aimed at attracting more multi-platform games to Wii-U given its shameless resemblance to an Xbox 360 controller.
On the software side, the presentation revealed MiiVerse, a social-networking service that will be integrated into the console's operating system offering many of the features similar to Xbox Live or the Steam overlay but with more of a Twitter-like blogging focus.
If you missed it, you can watch the full conference video embedded below.
Details on Wii-U and 3DS games will follow in a couple of days from Nintendo's E3 media briefing in Los Angeles.