The 50 Best Gadgets of 2012

5. Nintendo Wii U

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The Big N scared the gaming public after announcing its next-gen home console would have a tablet-like controller as its primary peripheral. Pessimism transformed into excitement the moment gamers finally got hands-on with the system, taking in its full high-def visuals and innovative gameplay features. Backwards compatibility for Wii games and its ever-growing lineup of eShop titles should hold owners over till the console expands its IP catalog. And with its TVii video-on-demand service coming down the pipe, the Wii U proves to be a rightful heir to the console that changed everything.

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