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The Wii U is a home video game console created by Nintendo, and the successor to the Wii. It was released in November 2012. It is the first console from Nintendo to support high-definition graphics. It's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touch screen.

Description

The Wii U console is similar to the Xbox console in shape. It is capable of HD graphics. Its most notable feature is the Wii U gamepad. The system is backwards compatible with Wii games, Wii Remotes and Accessories, and you can browse the Internet using the console

Features

Wii U GamePad

The Wii U GamePad has a 6.2 inch touchscreen that is capable of HD graphics. The GamePad has the 4 traditional "A, B, Y, and X" buttons, a D-Pad and dual control sticks that act as buttons themselves. There are four shoulder buttons: The ZL and ZR buttons, and the L and R buttons. Also on the front of the controller are the start (+) and select (-) buttons. There is a stylus that is similar to the Nintendo DS' stylus, used for the touchscreen. This controller also has a home button that can suspend the game while you use the home menu, and a TV control button. The Wii U GamePad features an inner-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip, a rumble system, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, a rechargeable battery and built-in flash memory to store data.

The TV control button can be used to control the television in several ways: Games can be displayed on the GamePad, instead of a television, a feature called Off TV Play, although you cannot move far from the system and not all games are capable of this. This can be used if someone wants to use the television while you're playing a game: You can continue playing with no problem. The button also allows the GamePad to be used as a universal remote to TVs and cable boxes, using a number pad that displays on the screen to type numbers. You can also adjust the volume and change inputs. This function can be used even when the Wii U isn't turned on. The inner-facing camera allows you to video chat with friends.

Off TV Play

Off TV Play is a feature of the Wii U's GamePad. It allows users to play Wii U games on the GamePad instead of a television by displaying generated image from the console on the GamePad. The feature does not support all games. Games, such as ZombiU, which require the simultaneous use of both a TV and the GamePad to play, do not support Off TV play. As of version 5.0.0, Wii games can be viewed on the GamePad as well as audio, but you can't control it using the GamePad. You can use the built-in sensor bar on the GamePad as well.

Software

Miiverse

The Miiverse is an online universe to connect Wii U users all over the world, displayed as soon as you turn on the console. You will see Miis crowded around icons, representing whatever game they may be playing. You are able to display typed or handwritten messages in the Miiverse, or even while playing the game. Sometimes a message will ask "What is your mood?" if you die/fail a level, and you can write a message for other people to view who also failed that part (You can also see their moods too). Nintendo hopes to expand the Miiverse to the Nintendo 3DS, computers and Internet-enabled mobile devices.

Wii U Chat

The Wii U Chat is a pre-installed application that allows the use of video chat between two Wii U owners. It utilizes the GamePad's built-in camera. The video chat takes place on both the GamePad's touchscreen, and the TV screen.

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History

In early 2011, the gaming magazine and site, Game Informer broke a story from a reliable source about a new Nintendo gaming console. Later, during an email picked up by gaming communities, Nintendo "announced" the new console codenamed "Project Café". Many features in the console were heard of before the traditional E3 announcement as rumors.

Games

Main article: List of Wii U Games

Launch Titles

Name Publisher(s)
Assassin's Creed III Ubisoft
Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Hardware Specifications

Processors

  • CPU: IBM Power Architecture-based multi-core 45 nm microprocessor
    • based on the POWER7 architecture found in the Watson supercomputer.
  • GPU: Custom-designed AMD Radeon HD similar to the R770 chip.

Storage

  • Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives
  • Slot-loading disc drive compatible with 12 cm "proprietary high-density optical discs" (25 GB storage)
    • Also supports 12 cm Wii optical discs

Controller

  • Built-in 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope
  • Speakers and Microphone
  • Back-facing camera
  • Front-facing camera
  • IR Sensor strip
  • 6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 854×480 FWVGA 16:9 resistive touchscreen
  • Two Circle Pads and one D-pad
  • Stylus
  • Select, Start, Home and Power buttons
  • A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons
  • Controller sync button
  • Bluetooth
  • Compatible with all Wii controllers, including the classic controller and the balance board

Videos

  • 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i, standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
  • "AV Multi Out" port supporting composite video, YPBPR component video
    • S-Video (NTSC consoles only)
    • RGB SCART (PAL consoles only)
    • D-Terminal (Japan only)
  • HDMI 1.4 out port supporting stereoscopic 3D images

Audio

  • "AV Multi Out" port. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI

Ports

  • SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
  • USB 2.0 ports (2 at front of console, 2 at rear)
  • Sensor Bar power port
  • "AV Multi Out" port
  • HDMI 1.4 out port

Online

Nintendo is now creating the "Nintendo Network", which is similar to "Xbox Live" and the "Playstation Network". It will allow players around the world to connect. It is the successor of Nintendo Wi-Fi. Nintendo Network will be used on Internet-enabled mobile devices, computers, and Nintendo 3DS'.

The Wii U will be allowed to browse the Internet, and video streaming will be available through Amazon, Hulu Plus and Netflix. It also is able to run YouTube.

Wii U users will also be able to connect with Facebook and Twitter via the Wii U.

Trailers

Gallery

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