It’s not long before E3. Mighty N has promised to give us more details about their brand spanking new console: The WII U. This is not likely the final name, but currently at least the code name for the new project.
To clarify: The Wii U is not an upgrade to the existing Nintendo Wii, but a brand new next generation console. The controller is rather special, it’s a hybrid of a tablet controller and gaming pad, packed with loads of functionality such as:
– medium resolution screen
– advanced touch sensitive screen
– directional and rotational and speed detection
– microphone and webcam
– dial pads and thumbsticks
– ability to play the whole game on the console without the use of the TV
It will also allow for microtransactions to take place wirelessly using credit cards that have NFC support
Here are the specs regarding the Wii U:
CPU: IBM Power Architecture-based multi-core 45 nm microprocessor based on the POWER7 architecture found in the Watson supercomputer.
GPU: Custom-designed AMD Radeon HD
Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives
Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm “proprietary high-density optical discs” (25GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs
Ports and peripheral capabilities:
SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
USB 2.0 ports (2 at front of console, 2 at rear)
Sensor Bar power port
“AV Multi Out” port
HDMI 1.4 out port
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576i (PAL Only), 480p, 480i, standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
“AV Multi Out” port supporting composite video, YPBPR component video, S-Video (NTSC consoles only), RGB SCART (PAL consoles only) and D-Terminal (Japan only)
HDMI 1.4 out port supporting stereoscopic 3D images.
“AV Multi Out” port. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI
Built-in 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope
Speakers and Microphone
IR Sensor strip
6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 854×480 FWVGA 16:9 resistive touchscreen
Two Circle Pads and one D-pad
Select, Start, Home and Power buttons
A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons
Controller sync button
The Wii U will also be compatible with all the Wii controllers, they will add functionality to the Wii U functionality and work together that way.
Online: Nintendo will launch the console with nintendo network, its similar to xboxlive or psn network. it will as well have its own achivement system.
It will be possible to download full retail games via nintendo network
Here are some websites you can follow regarding the Wii U:
Keep in mind most information regarding the Wii U are still rumors and nothing will be clarified until E3 2012.
Tonight/early tomorrow morning Nintendo will broadcast more information about the Wii U as a pre-E3 release:
Also has Nintendo a teaser page on facebook, that slowly will reveal more information as well on some of the games that will come out for Wii U: http://www.facebook.com/WiiU. Fingers crossed that it will be something we all like.
The Game Mistress