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Video gamers around the country lined up for the midnight launch of Nintendo's new video game console, the Wii U. YNN's Adam Balkin has more to help you decide whether you need to rush out and get one.

UNITED STATES -- Nintendo is trying to do it again, this time with the Wii U. Just as the original Wii console both changed the way video gamers play games and drew in non-traditional gamers, the Wii U hopes to do the same primarily through its new controller: A motion sensing, touch screen tablet.

“You have many new ways to play that were never possible before. You may have, for example, a very different view of the game you're playing from the players using the Wii remote by using the gamepad, you might have a different set of tools that you're using and you might even have a different strategy or goal,” said Cindy Gordon of Nintendo.

And while we'll find out soon if millions around the globe get as pumped about this as they did for its predecessor, thousands who waited for hours, some even days, on line at midnight launch events like this one at the Nintendo World Store in the Big Apple, certainly think the touch screen is a logical next step.

One person said, “One can play on one screen, the other can play on the TV. I find that amazing. Being able to play while I'm sitting down looking at the screen and giving my girlfriend the television to watch whatever she wants to watch and I get to the keep playing the game I was playing. That to me is a revolution, so I'll take that.”

Another said, “Maybe instead of just four people playing, a fifth can get into the action and maybe control the others' fate.”

Now these days we've come to expect our video game consoles to offer things like Netflix, Hulu , YouTube, but where Nintendo is really trying to up its game with non-gaming functionality, primarily through social networking.

“Tour gamepad essentially becomes your personalized remote control, it becomes your customizable program guide and it becomes a way to socially interact with people through Miiverse, through Facebook, through Twitter, even through YouTube.”

Wii Us are on sale now as two separate bundles the Basic Set sells for around $300, the Deluxe Set, which includes a game, more internal storage and some extra peripherals, goes for $350.

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