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Nintendo Wii U official specs, games list and UK price indication

by Mark Tyson on 8 June 2012, 13:00

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E3 is now over and we have got the specifications and games list of the new Wii U available to peruse. Also the new machine is already listed on ShopTo.net’s UK website priced at £279.85, the company says this is a saving of £0.14 on the £279.99 RRP. Wii U I also available to pre-order in white at the same amazing discount!

Highlights of the specification include; that you will be able to play your old Wii games on the machine and use old Wii controllers. However no GameCube support is there. The new optical disk format isn’t a DVD or Blu-ray but the Wii U can play 1080p media from Netflix, YouTube and Amazon video among others. The official specs don’t go into detail about the multi-core IBM Power CPU or the GPU in the console.

Here are the full hardware specs

  • CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor
  • GPU: AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU
  • 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. (0.5Kg)
  • 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, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.
  • 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
  • Networking: Wii U can access the Internet via wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters.

Games list

On the official E3 Nintendo Wii U website there is a list and further information on 22 games that have been announced for the Wii U, which are;

  • Nintendo Land™
  • New Super Mario Bros.™ U
  • Pikmin™ 3
  • Wii Fit™ U
  • Wii U™ Panorama View (working title)
  • SiNG (working title)
  • LEGO® City: Undercover
  • Project P-100 (working title)
  • Game & Wario (working title)
  • Aliens™: Colonial Marines
  • NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor's Edge
  • Just Dance 4
  • Darksiders II
  • Assassin's Creed® III
  • Batman™ Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Mass Effect™3
  • Rayman® Legends
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Trine 2
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • ZombiU™

The games list compared to our pre-E3 Blockbuster leak a month ago is pretty similar but missing the titles Dirt 3, Splinter Cell 6, Ghost Recon Online, two Rabbids titles and a couple of others. There are also some digital-only games on the release schedule; Chasing Aurora, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes, Cloudberry Kingdom. Wikipedia has a “complete” list.

The date for the availability of the Wii U and games isn’t indicated on the e-tailer website. Also all details are “subject to change” including price and specification. Earlier estimates of the launch price of the Wii U were ¥30,000 (£250) in Japan so £279.85 seems pretty good for UK buyers.

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Far too expensive for what it is. From what I can see, the Wii U seems only moderately more powerful than current generation machines, so you're paying a lot for the GamePad (it'll be interesting to see what the second one retails for).

I just don't see what people have to gain coming from a 360 or PS3.
what a joke
wrong time to be releasing a new sub standard next gen Console
I wasn't totally WOW'D by the WiiU at E3 but I am still looking forward to it. In terms of its price and hardware though, I feel it might not work out. One Nintendo still hasn't announced a price and if it's nearing the £300 mark like this retailer suggests I think that will hurt sales.

Two, it was rumoured that the AMD GPU would be based off a HD4000, which I really hope isn't true. Simply because Nintendo hopes for lots of 3rd party support and getting the “Triple A” titles published for it. Yet it's expected for the “Next Gen” to support DX11, which if rumour is to be believed the WiiU hardware will not, giving Nintendo a short run at the “triple A” games.

I'm hoping this rumour isn't true and the WiiU will support DX11 and that the “untrue” details heard at E3 about the WiiU price being £250 is true, rather than the retailer in this article stating £279.99.
Well being a Nintendo device I fully expect it to drop £50 in a month or two of release ala 3DS. After all its suffering the same problems as the 3DS - no one quite understands the tech or sees a need for it (3d screen vs pad controller) and it feels too expensive vs other machines (DSi vs Xbox/Ps3).