The Wikipad tablet was originally touted for a springtime 2013 release, but that timeframe came and went with no further word. Now Wikipad confirmed that its much-delayed gaming tablet will finally arrive on 11 June.

Wikipad announced on Tuesday that its 7-inch tablet will release next week with a retail price of $249 (£163) in the US and a UK global launch planned for this summer. The tablet essentially combines the features of an Android tablet with a console video game experience, thanks to a dual-analog gamepad controller.

The Wikipad also sports a d-pad, as well as the four x, y, a and b buttons, with the controls laid out similar to the Wii U. The pad itself can slot in and out of the controller when users want to game with it.

Inside the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered tablet is an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, which keeps games looking good on the 1,280 x 800-resolution IPS display, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for more conventional tablet actions like video calling. 

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There's also 16GB of internal memory that ensures users can download plenty of apps, as well as a microSD card for more data, and access to more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play store, Sony's PlayStation Mobile games and Nvidia's TegraZone for Tegra-optimised games.

Big Fish Instant Games is also a launch partner for the Wikipad gaming tablet because of its new cloud-based, interactive streaming content of more than 250 casual Big Fish games.