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Nintendo has been slowly portioning out details and hands-on demos for the Wii U in occasional drips and drabs since the system's first unveiling at last year's E3. Yet even as the system's promised "holiday season" launch window approaches, there's still a lot we don't know about it—most importantly the hardware's price, specs, and specific release date. So when the company announced a special New York presentation from Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, we figured the big N was finally getting ready to reveal the final details of the Wii U rollout.

Nintendo wouldn't confirm what specific information will be discussed at Thursday's event, but we'll be on hand for a liveblog, and we'll check out any new game demos at an event afterward. We'd point out that the original Wii's pricing and release date were announced just a day shy of six years ago today.

The presentation is scheduled to start at 10am Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5, see when it starts in your time zone).

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Nintendo has been slowly portioning out details and hands-on demos for the Wii U in occasional drips and drabs since the system's first unveiling at last year's E3. Yet even as the system's promised "holiday season" launch window approaches, there's still a lot we don't know about it—most importantly the hardware's price, specs, and specific release date. So when the company announced a special New York presentation from Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, we figured the big N was finally getting ready to reveal the final details of the Wii U rollout.

Nintendo wouldn't confirm what specific information will be discussed at Thursday's event, but we'll be on hand for a liveblog, and we'll check out any new game demos at an event afterward. We'd point out that the original Wii's pricing and release date were announced just a day shy of six years ago today.

The presentation is scheduled to start at 10am Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5, see when it starts in your time zone).

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In advance of E3's official start later in the day, Nintendo will be presenting its traditional pre-E3 press conference on the morning of Tuesday, June 5 at 9:00am PDT (GMT-7—see when the liveblog starts in your own timezone).

Nintendo's presentation is likely to focus on the Wii U, the tablet-controlled console which was first shown at last year's E3, but barely discussed by Nintendo in the year since then. Expect a bevy of game announcements both from Nintendo itself and major third parties, as well as a lot of discussion of how the Wii U's controller will totally revolutionize gaming as we know it (at least from Nintendo's point of view). Nintendo is also likely to trumpet the 3DS' slowly recovering sales and expanding software library, potentially including new information on first-party portable titles like Paper Mario and Luigi's Mansion that were mentioned at last year's show.

Ars Gaming Editor Kyle Orland (that's me!) is on hand to provide all the news as it happens.

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