The Wii U is Nintendo’s next generation to their console lineup. The console will be released in the United States starting from November 18, 2012. The console will also be available on November 30 to citizens of Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.
There are currently two versions of the machine – the basic edition and the deluxe edition which are priced at $299.99 and $349.99 respectively. With the basic edition you get a white colored Wii U console with 8GB on-board storage while with the deluxe edition you get a black colored Wii U with 32GB of on-board storage, a charging cradle, a stand for the gamepad and the Nintendo Land software.
With each edition of the console, you get:
- A Wii U gamepad
- AC adapter
- Wii U sensor bar
- High speed HDMI cable
Basic Edition of the Nintendo Wii U:
Deluxe Edition of the Nintendo Wi U:
The Wii U features an IBM Power7-based multicore processor and a custom AMD Radeon high-definition graphics processing unit. The console will have 2GB of RAM however 1GB of that RAM will be reserved for games. The console supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and optional Ethernet connection via USB dongle, has four USB 2.0 ports, one SD card slot, HDMI 1.4 port, AV multi-out port and an internal NFC sensor.
( Picture of the Nintendo Wii U console )
Wii U Operating System
The Wii U operating system is based on Nintendo’s proprietary software known as ‘Internal Operating System’. The OS runs on a separate CPU called the IO processor and can be upgraded over the Internet when Nintendo launches their new software updates.
The operating system is a major improvement to their previous OS. The new operating system gives developers to ability to create Wii U applications as well as develop additional features for the Wii U gamepad controller.
Wii U GamePad
The Wii U gamepad is a controller that looks like a tablet with buttons and a 6.4-inch touchscreen display to the center with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The controller also has a built-in stereo speaker, a mic and sensors. The gamepad comes with your Wii U purchase however it will cost you approximately $170 to add another to your collection.
( Picture of the Nintendo Wii U gamepad )
The gamepad’s touchscreen works with your fingertip or a stylus. The gamepad consists of a plus controller to the left, a start and select button to the right, two left and right analog sticks, a four button array, ZL and ZR buttons below the controller, L and R buttons at the upper corners of the controller, power button, TV control button, home button, an infrared transceiver between the shoulder buttons, a built-in camera, microphone, an accessory connector, stereo speakers, a headphone jack, volume controls, motion sensors and a built-in rumble feature. It is also possible to use the gamepad separately while your television is in use and still enjoy all of your favorite Nintendo Wii U games.
Wii U Game Graphics
Below you can view a graphics demo showed off at E3 2011 of the Wii U’s graphics :
Video credits: IGN / Watch in high definition for the best quality.
The console’s graphics is a major improvement to the older gen Nintendo consoles. The graphics look clean and realistic. It may actually be a worthy competitor to Microsoft’s XBOX 360 or Sony’s PS3 consoles.
Wii U Games and Backward Compatibility
There are currently 23 games available for the Wii U:
- Assassin’s Creed 3
- Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
- Call of Duty Black Ops 2
- Darksiders 2
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
- ESPN Sports Connection
- Game Party Champions
- Just Dance 4
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Rabbids Land
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Sing Party
- Skylanders Giants
- Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition
- Transformers Prime
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
- Wipeout 3
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
The Nintendo Wii U’s hardware and software are compatible with older Nintendo consoles which means you can use a Wii remote, Wii remote plus, Wii nunchuk, the classic controller and regular Wii games with the new Nintendo Wii U console. GameCube games will not work on the Wii U however they will be available for online downloads Via Nintendo’s eShop.
Wii U Hands-on
Below you can view a hands-on video from E3 2012 about the Wii U gamepad :
Video credits: The1UPNetwork.
The video below will show you a hands-on video of New Super Mario Bros U gameplay from E3 2012 :
Video credits: Rev3Games.