I’m sure many of you have seen the recent E3 event either from a live feed or if you were lucky enough, you were there. I really enjoyed Nintendo’s conference and am really excited about the new Wii that will be coming out. The one thing I think that the conference lacked is the amount of information and visuals about the new console. It seems that the conference was centered mostly around the new controller which in my opinion is great but should not have been the highlight of the new console. Being curious like I am, I started looking around for more information on the console.
Nintendo actually has all of the technical specs as well as an image of the new console on their site. The image below is what I am guessing the new console will look like, according to the image on Nintendo’s own site.
A lot of people are wondering if the Wii U is just a new controller that will work with the old console but that is untrue based on the above image as well as the tech specs I’ve listed below. These have been copied and pasted from Nintendo’s website.
- Launches: 2012
- Size: 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 Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.
- Media: 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.
- Storage: 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.
- CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
- Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
All in all the tech specs appear vague at best. Video up to 1080p is supported but it doesn’t specify what type of graphics adapter the new Wii will be using. All we know about the CPU so far is that it will be a Power-based multi-core processor from IBM. I’m thrilled that they are finally giving us 1080p. Gaming on the Wii will finally be in HD like the rest of the competition.
The only game they have listed with pictures is Super Mario Bros Mii, which I’m not sure will be an actual release based on the E3 conference. It would be a fun game to play and it would be great if they decide to release it. If anyone has any more information about upcoming games, feel free to comment. Here are some images of the game:
All in all, this looks like a winner and I think that Nintendo has once again done a tremendous job designing a great console and being innovative. I will probably be one of those people pre-ordering the new Wii because that’s just how I am when new things come out. I’m a tech geek at heart…
What do you guys think about the new Wii? Pre-Order or not? Ideas? I’d like to hear from you…