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Nintendo Wii U: Nintendo Shares Official Specs

Nintendo has shared the official specs on the system and controller. (E3, Nintendo, Wii)

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slavish3  +   1297d ago
ok this doesn't give all the details
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WhittO  +   1297d ago
No details at all really.

SD Storage space? Really?...

Nintendo seems to think having specs that equal the latest smartphones/hand helds is acceptable and some how impressive.
Vita will own it in terms of features and probably be comparable in terms of power lol.

Being capable of outputting 1080p does not automatically mean it will be powerful at all, even my little netbook can output in HD lol.
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Will-UK  +   1297d ago
Wow could Nintendo just give us the details at the conference instead of talking all about the controller
user858621  +   1297d ago
HDD external storage
WhittO  +   1297d ago
^^ How can you even try and defend them not adding internal HDD Storage!? It's meant to have all of these advanced graphical capabilities etc and compete with 360/PS3. 360 + PS3 have been out for 4+ years now, HOW can this system STILL be BEHIND them in specs!?

But have no fear, this too will have a lifecycle of 2-3 years, then you can buy the new "Wii Us" that will also be 4+ years behind in tech terms, but don't sweat...it will also be priced ridiculously high for the specs/features it has too!
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sikbeta  +   1297d ago
Sorry but, they are trying to sell the controller alone or the controller it's actually the console? still confused here @_@
superadvanced  +   1297d ago
More details of cpu? gpu? ram?
DigitalAnalog  +   1297d ago
You guys are unbelievable
Did the "swallow" and "Zelda HD" demo show ANY indication to the capabilities of the Wii U? Or were you REALLY distracted by the tablet design?

-End statement
darthv72  +   1297d ago
maybe its time for a change....
like intel did with their cpu's. It wasnt about the speed anymore. It was about the efficiency. So we may be wondering what does the power of the wii-u translate into in regards to what we have ALWAYS been told. GHz, Megabytes, etc.

It isnt about what it is made of but about what it is capable of. The proof is in the games.
NukaCola  +   1297d ago
I get it. The cotnroller is the brain & the console is the processing power. If this is the route they wanted to take, they should of made a better 3DS and used that as the controller. This WiiU controller looks like a leapster
Ju  +   1297d ago
I didn't even get they announced a new console. I was so turned off by that controller presentation that I missed that part. LOL. Well, maybe it'll work. They surprised before.

Not giving out hard specs to me looks like that thing is not done, yet. But OTHO, it didn't create any buzz either. Weird. If it is so over the top, why not brag. Fishy. Scheduled for 2012 anyhow. Why do I have the feeling they rushed that out? Hm...why not wait until they can show more?
jerethdagryphon  +   1297d ago
how expensive will replacment controllers be?

100 minimium id say
FACTUAL evidence  +   1297d ago
smh...i have to admit that controller had me loving it until i found out it was the new "console". It's sad....all the n4g talk I thought it would be at least on par with the 360. Wii U seems more like an add-on to the wii to me.

EDIT: if you guys are watching E3 still, Adam Sessler just said he's not a fan still......lmao. I knew it wasn't just me.
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Brasi82  +   1297d ago
But Adam Sessler is a douche whom I cannot stand.
Louis_Guzman  +   1297d ago
Sesslers a balding, biased, creepy manchild. I'd watch Xplay, but my provider flushed G4 faster than an aborted fetus.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1297d ago
@louise
Hmmm... Dont really agree with your example though.... I would have rather use reject him faster than my girl asking to watch a chick flick with her... Like the notebook:-[
abc1233  +   1297d ago
It is on par with 360, they showed some BF3 footage I believe and it looked quite good, though if you consider it's a next gen console then it's probably quite poor since it doesn't appear to surpass 360/PS3
HardCover  +   1297d ago
The controller isn't the new "console."

The new console is the new console. Don't just shake your head, use it.

And I don't care what Adam Sessler says. He's a buffoon.
AWBrawler  +   1295d ago
the control is not the console lol
wow! Did you even pay attention?
SilentNegotiator  +   1297d ago
"Optical discs"

Oh that's helpful.
lol

And the CPU info.....couldn't be TOO MUCH more vague.
turgore  +   1297d ago
They might as well have said
CPU: Silicon bassed.
fatstarr  +   1297d ago
See the articles with leaked dev kits they are looking more and more correct with each posting

"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 disk"

Id love to load up some game cube disks :D
hopefully its possible

but the vita wont be more powerful than the wiiU
unless people admit that its more powerful than the ps3

cause tri-core cpu 3.5ghz customized for gaming and a 4xxx ati card is powerful enough to run crisis 2.
slugboss  +   1297d ago
The Vita will be more innovative than the Wii U. *uses backtouch* Nintendo can't be much more humiliated than that...
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Ju  +   1297d ago
So, basically, if we get remote play on the Vita, that would be about the same, right?

Basically a PS3/Vita combo can do all what that thing does. And you can actually game out of your house.

Sure, next gen HW is cool, controller "pad"? I don't quite get it. Well, 6.2" vs. 5". Cost will be a factor. How much is one of those "pads" ?
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JoshuaN4G  +   1297d ago
Cool Cool Cool
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scissor_runner  +   1293d ago
Lol this is hilarious. So much doubt it's great. Now 3rd parties that got skills can show them. Very large amount of dram on the CPU. Very large. Some would say huge. I like the anti hype approach.

Did you see the tessalation on the water? Did you see the light scattering on the bird? See the texture res or the fact that the camera was interactive? Nope well you should have been at e3 because it was. All your spec where right in front of you. If a ps3 had to render to another screen it would melt. What is uncharted at 30fps now after all those 15-20 fps games wow.

The external USB drive is going to be boss. 3tb drives are cheap. Not all demos where shown though. Maybe next press conference. None of you guys make games any way you should be more concerned with games. Can wait to see what suda does.

I'm glad nintendo did not go into super hype mode over tech. We didn't even know what an Nes had in it we just knew it player super Mario.
M-Easy  +   1297d ago
I need tech guys to tell me if this is powerful or not? I see it does 6ch PCM which the 360 can't do but what about the graphics?
Fishy Fingers  +   1297d ago
Very little specifics on actual internal hardware. You'd need more information than this to make even an educated guess.
M-Easy  +   1297d ago
Oh OK so the author lied. No official specs just a vague list of components.
EYEamNUMBER1  +   1297d ago
it doesn't say any of that this is more about what the console has on it rather than what is actually inside of it
Dart89  +   1297d ago
Wait wasn't their a rumor that it was going to use blu ray??
JsonHenry  +   1297d ago
It didn't give a reference design on the CPU, state how much (how little?) system RAM it has, or give any details on the AMD GPU that is rumored to be in it.

There is literally no way to tell at this point or even guess. Didn't even say how many cores the CPU had.
Peaceful_Jelly  +   1297d ago
no Ram, no CPU specs and they don't even mention the GPU brand... Conclusion? We have no idea.
ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   1297d ago
''CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.''
''Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI,''

That is something.
f789790  +   1297d ago
I could have told you that stuff a year ago based on it being so standard. It is absolutely nothing.
Valk  +   1297d ago
1080p... Finally next gen gaming
fluffydelusions  +   1297d ago
lol. PS3/360 are capable of 1080p. The games/hw are what determine that though. Perfect Dark remake on 360 runs at 1080p like Wipeout on PS3 does also but more resource intense games are unable to run at 1080p on the hardware. Obviously mario was running at 1080p because it's not very demanding.
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theonlylolking  +   1297d ago
Some PS3 games run in 1080p.

@plbelanger
The xbox 360 has upscaling 1080p not true 1080p
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Masta_fro  +   1297d ago
dude, gt5 is 1280X1080, not 1920X1080, but still, its quite a graphical achievement considering the amount of detail...
Rageanitus  +   1297d ago
Correction 90 percent of the games this gen barely even do 720p resolution.... what you see on thexbox s upscaled.

True native resolution 1920x1080 is very hard to come by on these consoles... the only systems that can do gaming in 1080p is simply a decent PC.
barb_wire  +   1297d ago
PS3 and 360 have been doing that for years.. Welcome to Next Gen Nintendo
Peaceful_Jelly  +   1297d ago
more like, welcome to current-gen Nintendo.
Valk  +   1297d ago
Really? GTA isnt 1080, Borderlands isnt, Batman isnt, Bioshock isnt. The list of games on SP3 and 360 that are not 1080 is just too long. Please leave your very small list of games that are 1080p. I'm talking about true next gen where every game is 1080p and 60fps.
barb_wire  +   1297d ago
@Valk

Oh right, you mean those little mock ups we saw, Reggie himself said all the footage of the 3rd party games was taken from the 360.

The PS3 has games that run natively in 1080p. Google it DA.. NDF is strong today.
Alexmaru  +   1297d ago
Next gen???!!! Lol, maybe for kids, but for hardcore gamers, no way
Valk  +   1297d ago
Read the comment about your clown. If it was for kids you'd be all over it.

640p GTA isnt exactly HD IMO but you kids are easily impressed because you lack knowledge of PC gaming.
cgoodno  +   1297d ago
Native 1080p in all games won't be achieved on a console in this generation. It's an exponential leap up from 720p, a resolution that most HD games are incapable of running on consoles as it is.

We won't see native 1080p in video games on a console for another 5 years, at least. The increased processing is costly, even by today's standards, and requires more than just a high end GPU to support it.
flyingmunky  +   1297d ago
Well if that is really the case at least I won't need a new hdtv for another 5 years.
Ju  +   1297d ago
Ah, palease. Sure that thing runs 1080p native. I mean, it looks like those rumors are quite true. Not sure, someone compiled something here: http://www.reddit.com/r/gam... E3 tech demo: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Not sure if that is all fake or true. HW will be quite capable, me thinks. But they still try to sell this as a kids toy. Not sure if that'll work. What about a real controller, is the Wii-Mote improved? I can't imagine playing BF(3) on that pad.
Bolts  +   1297d ago
I've been gaming in native 1080p on my PC for years. It's not that hard as long as the consoles stop using fossilized technology and specs that a high end Android cell phone can match.
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liveActionLeveler  +   1297d ago
i can't wait to get the gpu details.
GoldPS3  +   1297d ago
Where's bluray?
fluffydelusions  +   1297d ago
Yeah what's it use?
user858621  +   1297d ago
it could be a modified bluray disc like what the wii did to dvd or... a different disc with similar storage
jacksons98  +   1297d ago
Rumored it uses Blu-ray, but of course with Nintendo's own little quirk.
SpLinT  +   1297d ago
E3 Nintendo Begins-

Wii u specs: super Smash bros

ends-

That wouldve made me just as happy as i am now . they had to ruin it by showing the controller though..
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Canidae  +   1297d ago
Not bad for preliminary specs, but I want more details. Though I have to say it's promising to see 1080p on the new console.
MoreRPG  +   1297d ago
i feel like i've been trolled
Undeadwolfy  +   1297d ago
Wii U Mad?
Apollyn  +   1297d ago
Not really a spec list
blackburn10  +   1297d ago
Is this good? I thought current consoles already were 1080p capable. Why is this so special?
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christheredhead  +   1297d ago
current consoles can do 1080p but 9 out of ten times the output is 720 or under. i mean what more can nintendo do? 83409285094854209p? its nothing special but its how ninentdo should have done things to begin with when the wii was introduced. its good to hear they are finally getting up to speed. so in essence its very good, nothing special as it shouldn't be, but still great news.
RedPawn  +   1297d ago
Show me, don't tell me.
LoaMcLoa  +   1297d ago
Seen the Zelda Tech-demo?
TheGrimReaper  +   1297d ago
Seen the Getaway Tech-demo for PS3?

Haven't seen a game looking that good till now.
I won't say Wii U isn't capable of PS3/360 games running in native 1080p (30fps for sure, don't know about 60fps not enough informations about the exact speccs) just take tech demos with a grain of salt.

@Everyone who believes Wii U will NOT be more powerful than PS3/360:
6 years old tech is damn cheap right now and I don't think it would cost that much to use hardware more powerful than PS3/360. And to calm down just think about it that way: Wii U launches 2012, PS4/720 are expected in 2013/2014. If Sony & MS aren't doing anything different we can expect graphical powerhouses which will blow Wii U's capabilities out of the water. Satisfied? ;)
ChickeyCantor  +   1297d ago
This new harddrive is going to be in my collection
(im kidding, but lol )
da305kratos  +   1297d ago
passing this along, dont know if its real or not...but its suppose to be a previous leak

http://pubvo.com/wp-content...

take it as u will...we'll find out soon i think
Brasi82  +   1297d ago
If that is accurate of what the system has then I will be one happy Brasi. ^_^
da305kratos  +   1297d ago
No idea if its true, some are stating that it is...we'll see...either way i dont care, lol...i game on PC and PS3...just passing this along
Brasi82  +   1297d ago
I game on PC, PS3, and Nintendo. =D 360 is the only console I can't see the worth of owning.
da305kratos  +   1297d ago
Reggie frm Nintendo just stated that it will not be Blue Ray...so this "leak" is fake appearantly
Fatal Blow  +   1297d ago
This well be a great way to play games with this controller plus its gonna be fun don't forget games are suppose to be fun that's why i have all three consoles actually now i have 2 sold my xbox 360
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TheGrimReaper  +   1297d ago
Wouldn't it be better to sell your Wii since Wii U is backwards compatible? You could still enjoy Xbox exclusives since you already own one. Seems to be the best way if you want to play all games.
(FYI: I don't own a 360, just PC+PS3+Wii)
I'm still wondering about the feeling of the Wii U controller...
Will it be awkward? Will it be as good as a traditional pad?
maniac76  +   1297d ago
Knowing how behind inten are when it comes to graphics'the new console will prob be just as powerful as ps3 and xbox. Still,least we will get nintndo games in hd.that zelda game they shows on it look well nice tho
pcz  +   1297d ago
i feel sorry for nintendo
this is corny
DanteKnightsTemplar  +   1297d ago
Wait, their starting next next gen...with something on par with this gen? Lol. Nintendo. U suck ;)
SinnedNogara  +   1297d ago
GameCube backwards compatibility??
jacksonmichael  +   1297d ago
This.
Series_IIa  +   1297d ago
Plastic silver is such an early 00s colour, this is going to look odd next to anyones piano black home theatre system.
Brasi82  +   1297d ago
If you are superstitious then White consoles always win the battle of the sales with 1 exception of the PS2. Smart move IMO, white is seen as clean, crisp, and new.
tunaks1  +   1297d ago
A little odd, Miyamoto talked about how much WM+ brought to the table with zelda, and now were are getting an Ipad for a controller. Odd indeed.
flightdown  +   1297d ago
disappointing.
Knushwood Butt  +   1297d ago
Yet entirely predictable.
steve30x  +   1297d ago
The only thing I found cool was the controller. Other than that I am not interested.
kesvalk  +   1297d ago
the internal memory can be expanded with a usb harddrive, this is suficient for me...
ElementX  +   1297d ago
Proprietary media is a good thing! That will make it difficult for pirates to copy discs. I'm sure they'll find a way to rip them onto some format, but it's a step in the right direction.
Eamon  +   1297d ago
Didn't the gamecube use proprietary media?

I don't understand why they aren't using Blu-ray.
ElementX  +   1297d ago
I'm not sure, but I remember being able to buy mini dvds like the GameCube had.
MasterCornholio  +   1297d ago
Barely any info on the CPU, GPU and RAM i need more information.
Inzo  +   1297d ago
Before this I thought Nintendo is grasping at straws, but after watching the MS conference, other than the obvious core gamer going to make his way to the PS3, Nintendo is going to swipe allot of MS followers.
maddfoxx  +   1297d ago
I dont think so. MS still has Halo, Gears, and other major 3rd party series that Nintendo doesn't have yet. A lot of core gamers choose 360 over PS3 because of xbox LIVE alone. I doubt they are going to gravitate towards Nintendo when they have the worst online experience of the three.

As long as xboxers get their yearly dose of Halo or Gears. . . they wont be going anywhere.
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Inzo  +   1297d ago
You're kidding yourself bro, Gears is coming to an end and Epic and Bungie has gone multiplatform. Unless each Halo game sells 55 mil copies it is safe to say that there is still +-30 mil xbox gamers that are not loyal to Halo or gears and what will happen when Nintendo announce COD(which would be sad for nintendo) for the Wii-u, I also dont know how you can comment on the state of the wii-u's online when we dont know anything about it.
maddfoxx  +   1297d ago
@ Inzo

Epic has always been multiplat, but that hasn't stopped them from making games exclusively for 360. I doubt the three new Halo games will ever go multiplat since Microsoft owns the rights to the series now.

I never said or commented on Wii-U's online capabilities. I was talking about the current state of Nintendo's online services. Nintendo has been obsessed with taking care of other people's children with friends codes, wii speak, etc. I dont think they are going to change that for the Wii-U.

I don't understand the relevance of CoD. Its a multiplatform game that is sold on all the current consoles. Do you really think 360 owners will buy a new console to play a game that's available on the one they already have?

You saying that Nintendo is going to swipe MS followers is a very bold statement. Hardcore MS followers only care about Gears, Halo, Xboxlive, and the other exclusives that they rarely get and those are three things Sony and Nintendo will never have. I think the Wii-U is a way to please the hardcore gamers that bought a Wii this gen and were disappointed in the lack of hardcore software. The Wii-U is just tactic to keep the core gamers from switching FROM Nintendo products TO the PS3 or 360. . . nothing more. Its a smart tactic, but I think "Nintendo" came up with the idea a little too late.
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SandWitch  +   1297d ago
Is it just for me or Wii U really sounds dumb. It's like a wee-yoo. You know, siren of police cars - wee-yoo, wee-yoo, wee-yoo. Wii HD, Wii 2, Stream, Xtreme or whatever name was rumored, all of them sounds better than Wii U for me.

Whatever, controller looks strange, I thought it'll be cooler. As well as console itself. I think Wii was the only really beautiful Nintendo's console.

Specs. I can't find them in the article :(
maddfoxx  +   1297d ago
No price, no format, no release date, no network plans, no real time game play of any games running on the system. . . We have no idea what this thing is or what it can really do. Most of the focus went toward a controller that merely does the same thing as a typical tablet. Did Nintendo announced an unfinished product to make stock holders happy? I have a bad feeling about this one. . .
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No_Pantaloons  +   1297d ago
That's fairly weak tbh.

"12-centimeter proprietary high-density" optical disk, i assume theyre not going dvd for piracy reasons, but no bluray makes it pretty dated tech for something coming out next year, I don't really see the point. I wanna know how much can these propietary disks hold, but it still seems like a step back when they should have just gone bluray.

SD memory card and USB hard drive is disappointing. I think they should just admit that most people need a HDD now, its common tech, just accept it. Most are gonna want one, and now they have to buy external. SD would be too small for most, and it doesn't say anything about SDHC.

I wish they'd stop talking about the controller, unlike the wiimote in its day this new controller doesnt really seem like anything new. They better have a system worth buying. I need a lot more info before I can consider it.
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TheGrimReaper  +   1297d ago
AFAIR Reggie said something like: "We won't use technology from a different company!" (regarding the type of optical storage)
I think if they'd want to use BluRay they'd have to pay Sony (and some others) -> http://www.blu-raydisc.info
sonicsidewinder  +   1297d ago
wonder if it can play dvd's
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