Wii U Specs and Features Confirmed!

Nintendo have finally revealed the official specs for its new WiiU console and reconfirmed it is due for release this ‘Holiday season’ but not given an official date and what regions.

Specs

  • Appearance
    The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup
  • CPU
    IBM PowerⓇ-based multi-core processor
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU
  • Storage
    Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage
  • Media
    Wii U and Wii optical discs
  • Networking
    Wii U can access the Internet via wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters
  • Wii Compatibility
    Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U
  • Audio Output
    Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI® connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector
  • Size
    Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long
  • Weight
    Approximately 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg).
  • Wii U™ GamePad
    The Wii U GamePad™ controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a 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).
  • Other 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.

  • Video Output
    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.

Features

In addition to introducing new ways to play, Wii U also offers users a variety of non-gaming features to enhance the overall experience.

  • Miiverse
    Miiverse is a brand-new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.
  • TV Remote
    The Wii U GamePad controller may also function as an infrared TV remote, whether users are watching TV or playing a game.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
    The Wii U GamePad has the ability to communicate wirelessly with objects that are held above it. This allows for a variety of interesting new possibilities for games and activities.
  • Nintendo eShop
    The digital storefront for Wii U will be available at launch and offer a variety of content for people to download and enjoy. Consumers will also be able to purchase and download select games that are also available at retail stores.
  • Video Entertainment
    Nintendo is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience. Additional details will be released at a later time.
  • Video Chat
    Using the built-in camera of the Wii U GamePad, people can communicate with other Wii U owners in real time.
  • Internet Browser
    Wii U comes with a browser that lets people with a wireless Internet connection surf the Internet from the comfort of their couches.

With all that information – will you be upgrading to the Wii U?

Source: Nintendo
Reporter: Soulfinger

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