Nintendo has unveiled its long-awaited WiiU gaming system – the successor to the phenomenally successful Wii console.

The gaming bohemoth revealed the new  system which will support high-definition graphics for the first time and a 6.2-inch touchscreen controller.

While no one was giving away the price just yet, gamers may be able to play the WiiU in as little as ten months.

A release date of between April and December 2012 is currently being bandied about.

The 6.2-inch colour touch-screen will work like a second display, showing the same image being played on the TV screen and the controller has both motion-sensor capabilities and works in conjunction with existing Wii controllers.

The smaller screen can also provide gamers with additional information while the controller can be used to make voice calls.

The device also acts as a stand-alone gaming gadget and continue running a game on the touchscreen while someone else watches TV. However, it is a ‘tethered device’ as it will only function in wireless connection with a Wii U console.   

In a move which made gamers the world over chuckle, at the official unveiling at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles the visuals we shown on screen on
screen came from PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the games.

of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that to be the case in
an interview with GameTrailers, but said that the eventual Wii U games would look at least as good as their PS3 / 360 counterparts