Wii U Announced From Nintendo
Yesterday, Nintendo announced their next-gen console labeling it the Wii U (yes I am serious). Regardless of the name this console looks to be innovative once again and take gaming to another level. Nintendo did it with the Wii introducing motion controls from the beginning and everyone saw how big of a hit that was. So much so, that Microsoft and Sony have both jumped on that bandwagon in their own shape and form. However this go around Nintendo is really throwing everyone a curve ball. The new Wii U showcases much better graphics then the Wii but the biggest change is the controller.
As you can see from the picture the controller really looks more like a full handheld device in disguise. Technical specs can be found at the bottom of the page. Now while the controller looks like it is the whole system, it isn’t. In fact the new console itself looks very similar in shape, size, and color to the Wii. Nintendo has confirmed that all Wii games and most all of the peripherals will be fully compatible with the Wii U. This is good to hear considering the large amount of peripherals and vast library of games the Wii has access to.
We were able to see the power showcased via a tech demo showing off the next Zelda game. Personally I am impressed by what I saw. Take a look at the tech demo below.
The Wii U will be launching sometime early next year. No price point has been announced but one can only expect that those controllers will not be cheap which begs the question of how much will it cost to get 4 people playing the Wii U at a time. Leave comments below and let us know what you think about Nintendo’s next-gen console.
*Nintendo released technical specifications of the Wii U hardware, noting that aspects are subject to change.
- IBM Power-based multi-core 45 nm microprocessor
- GPU: Custom-designed AMD Radeon HD GPU
- Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long
- Internal flash memory expandable via SD memory card slot and USB slots (4) using a USB hard disk drive
- Slot-loading disc drive compatible with 12-cm 25 GB capacity “proprietary high-density optical discs” and 12-cm Wii optical discs
- Built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, speakers, front-facing camera, microphone and a 6.2 inch touchscreen
- Two Circle Pads and one Digital Pad
- Select, Start, Home and Power Buttons
- A/B/X/Y front buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons
- Controller will not be sold separately, There will only be one Wii U controller per console.
- 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i output
- Compatible with HDMI, component, D-Terminal (Japan only), RGB-SCART (EU only), S-video and composite cables
- AV Multi Out port. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI