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Specs on the Wii U

Specs on the Wii U

by Steve CullumJune 8, 2011

You have been waiting for this. Now, we not only know what the system looks like, but we have the specs straight from Nintendo. In short, it looks like it will be IBM-powered, fully backward compatible with Wii games/accessories/controllers, support up to 1080p graphics, feature a brand new controller, and support SD/hard-drives for external memory. Unfortunate for some, nothing has been said about GameCube support.




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 Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM and Wii Balance Board™.


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.


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.


IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.


Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.


About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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