Nintendo Releases Wii U Specs, on the Down-Low

Wii U Nintendo News E3 2011

Hidden on their website, Nintendo has very quietly released the specs for their upcoming Wii U console. Why they didn’t boast about this more publicly is anybody’s guess, but the big N’s new machine is packing a punch somewhere in the ballpark of the Xbox 360. Set your eyeballs on the specs below. [sic]

  • SIZE: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • NEW CONTROLLER: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
  • OTHER CONTROLS: Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance Board.
  • MEDIA: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
  • VIDEO OUTPUT: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
  • AUDIO OUTPUT: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
  • STORAGE: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
  • CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • GPU: AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.
  • OTHER: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
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  • Daniel

    These specs were on Nintendo’s site since last week–the day after E3.

    • Yes, but released without fanfare and no press release. Not everyone will scour their site for information so it’s good to post something as a public service announcement.

  • These are specs I can get behind!
    I’m guessing that each console will probably have a 5770HD or maybe a gen lower, considering Nintendo likes to turn to a profit on each console they make.
    My guesses as to the specs for ~$600 –
    Proprietary Mobo
    4Gb RAM
    5770HD (wouldnt be surprised if half though, 2600HD aint too bad either)
    Some kind of proprietary disc storage of 15-20gb

    • Oh yeah, it’ll probably be an i3-i5 processor as i7’s are still pretty expensive in some places.

  • Zowwerz

    Looks a bit like they’re failing by trying to jump on this bandwagon

  • BonnerHead

    Wii U will suck Ur money.. that’s it. Nintendo will replace it half past the cycle of PS4 for a better console… wich will shit on all Wii U owners.

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