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The Call of Duty franchise is the most successful in the gaming world, and although the majority of gamers get their fix on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles, the next release of the record-breaking Activision series – Black Ops II – will also be coming to Nintendo’s Wii U.

Nintendo is a legend in gaming circles, and although the original Wii has been a rousing success, things are a little different this time around. For example, when the Wii first launched, it was unprecedented in that there was no form of interactive gaming on the market. Gamers happily sat down with their controllers, eating potato chips or (enter snack or beverage of choice here), and played games with their traditional joypads.

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The Wii – in the words of Apple – changed everything. Players were coaxed into running around, breaking into a sweat, and even, in some cases, breaking TVs in order to reign supreme, and for a few years, the Wii was, to many, the ultimate console.

The Sony’s and Microsoft’s of the world soon cottoned on though, and whilst the PlayStation Move hasn’t been as successful as Sony would have liked, the Kinect interactive peripheral is among the best-selling gadgets of all time.

Thus, the Wii U enters a very different market to that of its predecessor, and it will be interesting to see how Call of Duty – a gamer’s game – fares on Nintendo’s latest flagship console. There have been recurring murmurs regarding Black Ops 2 making an appearance on the upcoming machine, and an image uploaded by Joystiq shows media for the game being set up outside Nintendo’s New York City press event, commencing today.

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It has been confirmed the Wii U version of Black Ops II will indeed utilize the second screen on the controller – or GamePad – in a number of ways, offering a completely new dimension to what is fast becoming a repetitive series. You can either have one player play the game using the GamePad, the other plays on the TV screen, or the second screen can be used as an in-game mini map, which will also show score streaks and other useful information needed in combat situations.

Will Call of Duty fans seriously consider the Wii U as an option for such a hardcore title?

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