What Nintendo Didn’t Want You to Know


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Wii U advertising material has been showing up in Australian EB Games stores. Why should it matter to the rest of the world? Don’t be such a xenophobe.

Well, because these advertising materials give us a complete list of what the Wii U can do and what it can support. I’ve gone to the lengths of writing them all down here, as they appear on this promotional document:

Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long

It takes up space in your home; I hope you’re all right with that.

Approximately 3.41 pounds (.5kg)

Nothing really to say about this either, to be honest.

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 analogue 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 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-iron battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500g)

Right, let’s dig into this one.

The Wii U GamePad has a screen a third smaller than the iPad. It comes equipped with Near Field Communication, which is what was used in Skylanders to identify which Skylander is standing on the portal-thing. No mention of a back-facing camera in this materialI thought that was one of the key featureshow it could look at your TV and see what’s going on.

Microphone and front-facing camera—Skype, anyone?

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.

All the video cables that you currently own for your Wii will be supported by the Wii U. Hopefully the new console will be compatible with my HD PVR.

Other controllers:
The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remotes (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.

According to this material, two GamePad controllers can be used at once. Recently, Nintendo went back on their word, and claimed that they would only support one (until a later date). This has something to do with only being able to go up to 720p when a GamePad is in use, and not the full 1080p. It looks like the Wii U will support all of the Wii’s peripherals (well, at least the official ones).

The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup.

Is that a claim you can really make? What if it looks like shit in my home? Will you buy me a new home?

BM Power(R) based Multi-Core Processor

Let’s just say that’s more powerful than the Wii. Significantly more powerful.

AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.

This could probably rival Xbox 360 and go toe-to-toe with most games on the system. However, it’ll never be able to keep up with the next generation of consoles.

Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage.

It supports external USB storage? Excellent! No word yet on the capacity of the flash storage; it’s probably only 512MB again, because Nintendo works on the cheap and will re-use Wii parts wherever they can.

Wii U and Wii optical discs.

No promise of DVD playback.

Wii U can access the Internet via wireless connection.  The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN adaptors.

No Ethernet port on the back. If you want a wired connection, buy a LAN adapter. Give Nintendo more money for something that should have already been included.

Wii Compatibility:
Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.

“Nearly all…” sounds like they’re covering themselves. I think we can safely assume that anything made with Nintendo’s consent is going to work just fine.

Audio Output:
(can’t make any of this one out, seems generic though)

Well, this is all according to the documents photographed by Maximum Geek. I have no reason to doubt their authenticity, but I am bothered that Nintendo Land is on the shelves. I thought it was supposed to be a pack-in title.

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  1. What? 3-Dimensional space AND it has mass? As a pan-dimensional being I can’t believe Nintendo would go out of our way to alienate us as consumers AGAIN. Geez, there hasn’t been a good 4D console since the Atari Jaguar, and you life forms don’t even appreciate it.

  2. As a tech geek myself I can certailny say that this looks very promising. That is until Sony and Microsoft start copying the same format and change it up to make people think it’s brand new. (Cough PS3 move cough.)

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