Nintendo Wii U Wrap-up: Specs, Price, and Games
GADG rounded up the technical specs and pricing of Wii U -- the upcoming home video game console by Nintendo.
Wii U was first publicized during the Nintendo’s press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 last June 2011, wherein the company revealed some of the interesting features of the console. One of which is its new touch screen controller that highlights precision motion controls, high-definition graphics, and new gaming styles.
Below is everything the Nintendo Wii U are packing:
Size: 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide, and 10.5 inches long.
CPU: IBM Power Architecture-based multi-core 45 nm microprocesso
GPU: AMD Radeon HD
Storage: Aside from having an internal flash memory, Wii U is capable of expanding its memory through SD memory cards or USB hard disk drives. It has a slot-loading optical disc drive that is compatible with 12 cm “proprietary high-density optical discs” and 12cm Wii optical discs.
Ports: SD memory card slot, USB 2.0 ports, sensor Bar power port, “AV Multi Out” port, and HDMI out port
Video: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i, with standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. Its “AV Multi Out” port is compatible with composite videos, YPBPR component videos, S-Videos, RGB SCART, and D-Terminal.
Audio: Comes with a “AV Multi Out” port. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
Controller: The new controller, which is said to be the main feature of the game console, comes with two analog Circle Pads and one D-pad; a stylus; Select, Start, Home and Power buttons; A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons; and a sync button.
The rechargeable controller is geared up with a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that serves as a second door into the virtual world, removing the barrier between the player and television (see the introduction trailer after the break). Like the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U’s controller also incorporates an accelerometer, gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone, and speakers – which can all be used to play classic and specially designed games.
Other Controls: Players are entitled to use up to four Wii Remote controllers at once. The anticipated game console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, such as Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, and Wii Balance Board.
note: the details provided above are subject to change.
As stated by Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, in an interview with Nikkei business daily, the Wii U will have a retail price of more than ¥20 000 or $250.
The titles below, slated to be released for the Wii U platform, were first revealed in a brief montage during the E3 2011 press conference.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Batman: Arkham City
Lego City Stories
Ghost Recon Online
Metro: Last Light
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
The Nintendo Wii U is scheduled for a release sometime in 2012.