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Nintendo has announced Wii U, the follow-up to the hugely successful Wii console.

The Wii U base unit console can display 1080p visuals via HDMI on an HD TV or wirelessly transmit video to a new non-HD touchscreen controller (without lag). The controller screen can be used independently or as a second display.

The base unit is 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long. It will feature an IBM Power-based multi-core processor capable of outputting 1080p. 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. As well as HDMI it supports Component, S-Video and Composite outputs.

Wii U can produce six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI. There are four USB 2.0 connector slots and the base unit features a single self-loading media bay that will play propriety discs of an unspecified "large capacity" and Wii game discs.

The Wii U base unit features internal Flash-based media storage which can be expanded via USB and SD memory cards.

As rumoured the console will use a controller featuring a 6.2 inch touch screen. The controller also features four face buttons, a d-pad, dual analogue sticks, four shoulder buttons, rumble, microphone, speakers, accelerometer, gyroscope and an inward facing camera.

Up to four standard Wii Remote/Wii Remote Plus controllers can be connected at once. Wii U also supports the Nunchuk, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and the Wii Balance Board. All Wii games also work.

Video calls using the controller is also possible, as is web browsing on the TV or on the controller.

"Wii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. "The experience enabled by Wii U and the new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers."

Nintendo also announced Smash Brothers for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS - this is a title for the future. In terms of graphical performance demos shown range from Wii-level to games easily on par with what's available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Wii U is due for release between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. No pricing information has been announced by Nintendo.

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pblive@ CheekyLee

A very good way of looking at it Lee.
Posted 23:25 on 07 June 2011
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CheekyLee

I wouldn't say they are taking on iPad. I would say they are incorporating it into their existing console philosophy.
Posted 23:10 on 07 June 2011
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pblive

The controller doesn't really have that much more than a screen added to the standard controller. Since everything is streamed from the console there doesn't need to be much in it. So I doubt extra controllers will be that expensive and, of course, one will come with the console and you use wii remote plus or classic controllers for the rest.

I think the idea is great and the feeling was that all the third parties did too.

Of course, what do games companies know about consoles and games?! ;)
Posted 23:01 on 07 June 2011
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ShinHing

Great move by Nintendo. Has just enough to be different, powerful enough to compete (3rd party) with the Xbox and PS3 for the next few years until the next gens. Wii-u?! Who cares what they call it, never bothered me.

1st party games looked a little weak, and tonights 3DS update was just a joke :(

But saying that I wont buy one... I have a Xbox and PC for this gen.
Posted 22:59 on 07 June 2011
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Woffls

Apparently the CPU is quite powerful: Engadget

I've not yet researched the architecture, but it's the same tech that was used in the Watson supercomputer, Power7, which normally has 4-8 cores per processor. Clock speeds weren't disclosed, nor GPU details, so I'll try and stay on top of this.

[edit] Wrong thread, nvm >_<
Posted 20:59 on 07 June 2011
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mikejosh1978

We are Nintendo our controllers are more expensive than our consoles pmsl. Sorry but WTF are Nintendo thinking . A new console turns out to be a jumped up i-pad wannabe / half a ds mashed together that will allow kids to play without hogging the TV . Pointless and overpriced probably. Just like VITA these new hardware items seem very odd and pricey with not much upside.
Posted 20:04 on 07 June 2011
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PStringer

The controllers I imagine will be extremely expensive but its good to see Nintendo moving into the deeper, core gaming community.
Posted 20:02 on 07 June 2011
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Get2DaChoppa

I think it looks a little too over cumbersome, very big in the hands. But I agree with Woffls, the name is a shocker.
Posted 20:01 on 07 June 2011
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Woffls@ MrHEWBO

I don't think it will. Cameras, speakers & mics are very cheap to throw in, and it's just a basic touch screen. It's all very common hardware, so I doubt the controller will be prohibitively expensive. As you say, it would discourage the expanded audience.

I think the name was a mistake, especially with such a familiar looking form factor. It was confusing for us at first, and I think consumers might not get it straight away either. Very disappointed with the console design actually, it's very uninspired.

I also think comparing it directly to iPad is disingenuous to both systems.
Posted 19:42 on 07 June 2011
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MrHEWBO

A controller with that much packed in is going to be really expensive, that may discourage some casual gamers :S
Posted 19:33 on 07 June 2011
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Roland_D11

Thank you James, that clears a lot of the confusion. A few words of this would have been great in the press conference itself.
Posted 19:11 on 07 June 2011