E32011: Nintendo Announces Wii U With Gallery And Tech Specs

by on June 7, 2011

Nintendo has just announced its new platform, Wii U, which will be coming to households in 2012. The new controller has a 6.2 inch screen, allowing players to continue playing games, even if someone else is watching TV.

Nintendo also said that Wii U will be backward compatible with the Wii. Also, the fist proper title which will utilise the tech is LEGO City Stories from TT games. We have a gallery below with some Wii U images, as well as tech specs for the new console.

The Wii U is a controller which will accompany the new console. Check out the gallery, which shows the Wii U being used in several games.

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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. 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.

Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all WiiTM 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.

Nintendo stated that these specs are subject to change.

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