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~About The Wii U Info and Discussion Thread~
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~General Information About The Wii U~
"The Wii U is an HD video game console by Nintendo, and is the successor to the Wii. The system was unveiled during Nintendo's press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7, 2011, and will be released during the fourth quarter of 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. The console has been described as belonging to the eighth generation of video game consoles.
The Wii U is Nintendo's sixth home console and the first Nintendo console to produce 1080p high-definition graphics, and features a new controller with an embedded touchscreen. The controller allows a player to continue playing certain games by displaying the game even when the television is off. The system is backwards compatible with Wii, and Wii U games can support compatibility with Wii peripherals, such as the Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuck, and Classic Controller Pro. It is not backwards compatible with Nintendo GameCube media or peripherals."
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~Wii U GamePad~
"The main feature of the GamePad is its built-in touchscreen, which either supplements or replicates the gameplay displayed at the television screen, and even functioning as a standalone screen without the use of a television. The GamePad shares some characteristics of the Nintendo 3DS such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, camera, analog controls, as well as a built-in microphone and resistive touchscreen. You can also use the GamePad as a remote control for your normal television viewing, even when the Wii U console is not switched on.
The GamePad will also feature NFC (Near Field Communication). A recent photo reveals some minor changes to the controller. The picture reveals the change of the circle pads (similar to the Nintendo 3DS) to proper analog sticks (similar to the Nunchuk) and the start and select (+ and - buttons) have moved from the bottom near the Home button to the right side of the controller. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g)."
"It has been comfirmed that games will be able to support two GamePads at once, but it will result in a reduction in performance - just like when you're playing a split-screen title on any other console. Nintendo has also confirmed that two pads is the limit - you cannot connect four pads to the system."
Wii U GamePad Hardware Walkthrough Trailer
- 6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 854×480 FWVGA 16:9 resistive touch screen
- Two front-facing stereo speakers
- 3.5mm Headphone jack and volume control
- One front-facing camera and microphone
- One IR Sensor strip
- Two clickable analog sticks and one D-pad
- One stylus
- Select, Start, Home, TV and Power buttons
- A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons
- Motion control using gyrometers and accelerometers
- Force feedback rumble
- Controller sync button
- A Near-Field Communication square that allows Skylanders-style interaction: place special items such as cards and figures onto the square and they'll interact with the system
- The ability to function as an infra-red TV remote controller, even when the Wii U console is not switched on
- Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g)
~Wii U Pro Controller~
"Designed for accessibility and extended gameplay comfort, the Wii U Pro Controller features the dual analog sticks and ergonomic button layout that you've come to expect, as well as a rechargeable battery that can last up to 80 hours on a single charge. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used for playing a variety of games -- from packaged games to downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop. Look on the back of Wii U game packaging to see which games use the Wii U Pro Controller." [/spoiler]
~Wii U Hardware~
"The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup." - Nintendo
(Off-screen) Japanese Garden Tech Demo from E3 2011
Zelda HD Tech Demo from E3 2011
Tokyo Street Panorama Tech Demo from E3 2012
Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.
Approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).
- CPU: IBM Power Architecture processor based on the POWER7 architecture found in the Watson supercomputer.
- GPU: AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU
- Internal flash memory (8GB in Basic, 32GB in Deluxe), expandable via USB hard disk drives up to 2TB
- Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm "proprietary high-density optical discs" (25GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs
Ports and peripheral capabilities:
- SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
- 4 USB 2.0 ports (2 at front of console, 2 at rear)
- Sensor Bar power port
- The Wii U console is capable of supporting 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
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.
- 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.
- Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI® connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector. [/spoiler]
~Wii U Hardware Bundles, Launch Dates & Prices~
Basic/Standard Bundle (White):
"This set comes with all the necessities for Wii U gameplay, plus access to a wide range of online entertainment and features."
* x1 White Wii U Console with 8GB of internal storage
* x1 White Wii U GamePad
* x1 White Wii U Stylus
* Sensor Bar
* High Speed HDMI Cable
* Wii U Console AC Adapter
* Wii U GamePad AC Adapater
Deluxe/Premium Bundle (Black):
"This package comes with everything you need to start playing right out of the box--including the Nintendo Land video game, plus additional storage space and accessories. Additionally, consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014."
* x1 Black Wii U Console with 32GB of internal storage
* x1 Black Wii U GamePad
* x1 Black Wii U Stylus
* Sensor Bar
* High Speed HDMI Cable
* Wii U Console AC Adapter
* Wii U GamePad AC Adapater
* Wii U GamePad Charging Stand
* Wii U GamePad Play Stand
* Wii U Console Upright Stand
* Nintendo Land (Game) (* Europe/North America only)
* Deluxe Digital Promotion
* Wii U ZombiU Premium Pack (Europe only) Includes the game and a black Wii U Pro Controller.
RELEASE DATES & PRICES
The Wii U will be released on the following dates:
North America - 18th November, 2012
The Basic set is $299.99 and the Deluxe retails for $349.99.
Europe - 30th November, 2012
No official RRP prices given, expect retails to price the bundles at around £200 for the Basic and £250 for the Dexlue.
Japan - 8th December, 2012
The Standard costs 26,250 Yen (around £209 / $337) and the Premium 31,500 Yen (£251 / $405)
~About Nintendo's New Online Service~
"The Nintendo Network is Nintendo's second online service after Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to provide online play for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U compatible games. The Nintendo Network is a unified network infrastructure that provides games and content via the Internet (Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, etc). It gives access to a wide range of network services, such as playing games with people from around the world, downloading paid software and content, and exchanging images and messages."
* User Accounts and Nintendo Network IDs - "Wii U uses a user account system much like what you would find on a PC. One Wii U system can contain up to 12 user accounts. Each user will have unique save files, friend lists, internet browser bookmarks, and play records.
In order to use any of the Wii U's online features available through the Nintendo Network, you must first create a Nintendo Network ID, you'll do so by providing your birthday, gender, state, time zone, username, password and e-mail address. This user name account system replaces the previous friend code model that was used on the Wii. Your username must be between 6 and 16 characters. You can use numbers, letters, periods, dashes and underscores, however, you can't use punctuation as the first or last character of your Nintendo Network ID.
Once a Nintendo Network ID has been set up, you will be able to access all of the online features available through the Wii U."
* Nintendo Network Premium - "Consumers who purchase the Wii U console Deluxe Set (North America) / Premium Pack (Europe and Japan) will receive a free two-year subscription to this service which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital purchase. Members who buy games and apps through the Wii U Nintendo eShop will receive 10% of the price back in the form of Nintendo Points, which can subsequently be put towards future online purchases on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop. The promotion is currently planned through December 2014, with any future plans to be revealed at a later date."
* Digitally Distributed Packaged Software - "Consumers can purchase first-party and certain third-party titles in traditional boxed form, or in a downloadable, eShop-based format for WiiU. Nintendo also allows retailers to sell the games in this format through a 16-digit code similar to eShop currency 'gift cards' that are currently on sale.
Nintendo noted that downloaded software will not be able to be shared between systems. Nintendo plans on keeping its suggested pricing of physical and digital software the same, but retailers will be able to set the prices of the software they sell as usual, including digital content."
* Download Content Automatically via SpotPass - "Similar to Nintendo 3DS, the Spotpass feature is an online utility that is built into the Wii U system. It allows the Wii U to automatically download available content in the background even when the Wii U is already running an application. Content that can be downloaded via Spotpass include firmware updates, patches, and specific in-game content. Content currently being download can be viewed in the Download Manager, accessed via the Wii U's HOME menu."
~About the Nintendo eShop~
"The Nintendo eShop is an online marketplace powered by Nintendo Network for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. On Wii U it is a multitasking application, which means it is accessible even when a game is already running on background through the system's HOME menu. The Nintendo eShop features both retail and download-only games, free demos, and applications to enhance your Wii U experience. You will also be able to browse downloadable options for your Nintendo 3DS."
* Buy now, play now - "Download full versions of select games right to your Wii U console without leaving the house. You'll also find downloadable indie games not available in stores--plus entertainment applications like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more."
* Purchase Downloadable Content (DLC) - "Select games have additional, optional content that can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop to make the games you own even more fun. You may find new levels, additional characters, and other unique content."
* Watch the latest game trailers - "Enjoy the latest trailers and gameplay videos for games in the Nintendo eShop, all viewable on your TV screen or on the Wii U GamePad right in your hands. There will also be videos such as developer interviews and instructional videos that can be streamed through the Nintendo eShop."
* Download free demos (coming soon)- "Try before you buy! Enjoy demo versions of select games. Just download and play."
* Find your next game - "On the Nintendo eShop homepage, you'll find featured games, new releases, and more--all accessible with a quick tap on the GamePad touch screen. Want to browse deeper? Easily search for games by genre, publisher, price, and more."
* Rate the games you've played - "Love that game? Let everybody know! You can then browse ratings, and let your fellow Wii U players help you decide what game to buy next."