E3 was buzzing with excitement this week of the new Nintendo Wii U console and specifically about it’s features and the games line up for launch and beyond. We’ve taken snapshot for you of everything we were excited to see and thought you would be too.
The Wii U will launch in November and this is what the final Wii U looks like, although it will be available in Black, it won’t be on launch, no date of the arrival of the black version has been given, which is a pity as this is what most people will want in their living rooms.
So what are the specs?
Well the details still are vague, but give a better idea of the power of the new console.
CPU: IBM Power based multi-core processor
GPU: AMD Radeon based High Definition GPU
Storage: Internal flash memory, also supports SD memory cards in the same way the original Wii does, but now has external USB storage, it’s yet to be confirmed what will be able to be done with these. The original Wii utilised the USB ports for charging and powering devices, but nothing really that useful, so hopefully this do something more on the Wii U.
Media: Wii U and Wii optical discs, which is great news for those who have lots of Wii discs still. It has almost been announced that Nintendo are working on a method of transferring all the content downloaded on the Wii over the the Wii U. Great news for retro gamers who have built a nice collection.
Networking: Access to the Internet via wireless, the console also features four USB 2.0 connectors as mentioned in storage, you’ll be able to use one of these with a Wii LAN adapter for a non wireless possibly better connection.
Original Wii Compatibility: It has been announced that ‘nearly’ all Wii software and accessories can be used with the Wii U. You’ll find out what ‘nearly’ means when you start using it.
Controllers: The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.
Audio: Supports six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI® connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector
Video: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV. (We have heard unconfirmed reports that when using 2 Wii U Gamepads at the same time you may not get 1080 or even 720, nothing official yet though on that).
Wii U Features
The Wii U GamePad is the most exciting edition for us, enabling a second 6.2 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen to be used in opening up a whole range of new possibilities with games and more.
- +Control Pad
- L/R sticks
- L/R stick buttons
- A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons
- Power button and HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button
- TV CONTROL button
- Motion control
- Front-facing camera
- Stereo speakers
- Rumble features
- Sensor bar
- An included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality
It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).
Nintendo has posted figures on the Wii U GamePad’s battery life: It’ll run between three and five hours on full charge.
Nintendo’s GamePad isn’t any ordinary command-processing controller – aside from the conventional directional and button inputs, it boasts a camera, microphone, motion control and not forgetting a gorgeous touch screen in the centre. It’s also wireless, so will run on a hefty amount of juice. Fortunately Nintendo is including a rechargeable solution for the pad – it plugs into a dock or charging cable. Getting it from zero to full charge takes a good two and a half hours according to Nintendo.
But just how long does it last when being used?
On regular/normal settings, Nintendo’s stats suggest the GamePad will run for three to five hours. It may run for longer with screen brightness and volume tweaked. The site also confirms that players will be able to use the Wii GamePad whilst charging.
Wii U Games Releases
It’s all well and good having a fantastic new console and controllers, but what we need is some games to play with all this great gear, so what’s lined up for release? Well here are the list we have to date, no confirmed actual dates of when they will be released, but fingers crossed they will be as close to the November release date of the Wii U console itself as most of them look pretty awesome. You can find some trailers alongside the games we are particularly excited about.
- Nintendo Land
- New Super Mario Bros U
- Pikmin 3
- Wii Fit U
- Wii U Panorama View
- LEGO City Undercover
- Project P-100
- Game & Wario
- Aliens Colonial Marines
- NINJA GAIDEN 3 Razor’s Edge
- Darksiders II
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
- Mass Effect 3
- Rayman Legends
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- TANK! TANK! TANK!
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- Zombi U
- Zelda Wii U
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