Nintendo reveals Wii U specs

Written by Joe Martin

June 8, 2011 // 9:53 a.m.

Tags: #e3-2011 #e3-2011-news #nintendo #project-cafe #wii #wii-2 #wii-u #wii-u-e3

Nintendo has revealed the official specs list for its recently unveiled Wii U console, the successor to the Wii, at its E3 2011 press conference.

The specs dispel some of the confusion surrounding the console, such as how multiplayer games will work with such an expensive controller unit. Basically, other players on the Wii U can use existing Wii Remotes, with or without the Wii Remote Plus add-on. Only one screened controller unit can be used on the Wii U at once.

Other controllers, such as the Wii Balance Board and Classic Controllers are also compatible with the Wii U.

However, the specs list doesn't reveal much about the hardware within the Wii U console, such as the specifics of the graphics chip or the type of IBM processor that Nintendo is using.

Nintendo has confirmed that the touchscreen on the Wii U controller is not multi-touch, however.

Check out the specs list below, then let us know your thoughts in the forums. You can also check out other news from the E3 show in our E3 2011 News hub.

Launches: 2012
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...The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It [also] 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.
Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

You can check out other news from the show via our E3 2011 News hub.

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