E3 2012: Nintendo's Wii U – Games and System Details Revealed

Nintendo finally pulled back the curtains all the way on their new console, the Wii U, at E3. We thought we would make things simple and give you a list of the important stuff you need to know about the system.

First off: The Nintendo Wii U is not just a new controller addition to the Wii, the Wii U is a completely new, “next-gen” system from Nintendo. That said, it will be backwards compatible with the current Wii’s software and accessories. There is no price or release date yet for the system but Nintendo is aiming for a “Holiday 2012” release. The Wii U will support two tablet gamepads and also use the Nintendo Wii’s Remotes. In addition, the system will also have new “Pro” controllers which we will have outlined below. What’s more, Nintendo has officially announced a Nintendo Network. In this day and age of gaming, a central network on any system is a must have staple and now Nintendo is finally joining in.

Nintendo revealed a lot of games both old franchises and new, system features, and a few other details on the Wii U. Now, to the good stuff. Here’s all the information you need to know about the Wii U, straight from E3 and Nintendo:

Console Features

  • Miiverse: A new network communication system that lets gamers share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their games. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.
  • TV Remote: The Wii U GamePad controller may also be used as an infrared TV remote, whether users are watching TV or playing a game.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC): The Wii U GamePad has the ability to communicate wirelessly with objects that are held above it.
  • Nintendo eShop: The digital storefront for Wii U will be available at launch and offer a variety of content for people to download and enjoy. Consumers will also be able to purchase and download select games that are also available at retail stores.
  • Video Entertainment: Nintendo is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring videos to Wii U that will also take advantage of the second-screen.
  • Video Chat: Using the built-in camera of the Wii U GamePad, people can communicate with other Wii U owners.
  • Internet Browser: Wii U comes with a browser that lets people with a wireless Internet connection surf the Internet.
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Console Technical Specs

  • Size – Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long.
  • Weight – Approximately 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg).
  • 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.
  • CPU – IBM Power-based multi-core processor.
  • GPU – AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.
  • Storage – Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage.
  • Media – Wii U and Wii optical discs.
  • 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.
  • Wii Compatibility – Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.
  • Audio Output – Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector.
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Controller Specs

  • Wii U GamePad -The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).
  • Other Controllers – The Wii U console can also support two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.

E3 Gallery:

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So now you know about the system itself, but what is a system without games? Here are some of the most notable Wii U games that have been announced so far.


  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Darksiders II
  • Game & Wario
  • LEGO City: Undercover
  • Mass Effect 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land
  • Pikmin 3
  • Project P-100
  • Rayman Legends
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • SiNG
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Wii Fit U
  • ZombiU

So there’s most of what you need to know for the Nintendo Wii U. There have been mixed reactions to the lineup and system but hopefully as the year progresses towards the launch, Nintendo will reveal more details, games, and perks that the new system will offer. Stay with us as we will bring you the news as we get it!

So Sound off in the comments below. What are your thoughts on the Wii U?

[via: Nintendo E3]


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