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Wii U may only ship with 8GB of internal storage, according to the latest report from VGleaks.

The site claims to have been supplied with the final specs for Nintendo's Wii U by an 'anonymous source', which suggest that the console will ship with a three-core 'Espresso' CPU and a DirectX 10.1 compatible AMD Radeon GPU7.

According to the site, the specs are only available to developers via Nintendo's developers site warioworld.com.

VGleaks has previously leaked accurate details about Wii U, Durango and Gears of War: Judgment.


  • "Espresso” CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway cores


  • "GPU7” AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU. Unique API = GX2, which supports Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 equivalent functionality)


  • Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 1GB (that applications can use)


  • Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives


  • 802.11 b/g/n Wifi

Video Output:

  • Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i

Video Cables Supported:

  • Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.


  • Four USB 2.0 Ports

If the specs are true, the low amount of storage space would suggest that Nintendo may not be planning on pushing digital distribution as hard as originally thought.

For sake of comparison, Wii shipped with 512MB internal flash storage and support for larger SD cards.

Nintendo has yet to reveal full system specs for Wii U. The company is expected to announce European launch details this Thursday.

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rbevanx's Avatar


My original Xbox has 8GB memory, not exactly moving on with the times :P

That won't last long, I have a 1TB internal hard drive now and I can see PSN+ based games taking all that up and can't see myself buying an external one.
Posted 17:55 on 11 September 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar


Y'eesh, that will be eaten up in no time. A demo or two, a spot of DLC (that Nintendo are keen on showcasing they will now implement), and an installed game, and that will be it pretty much filled!
Posted 17:45 on 11 September 2012
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CheekyLee@ MJTH

Oh, no question. I actually wonder why nobody is using SDHC cards as expandable memory, or for that matter as a method of shipping games. Far less likely to get damaged, and whilst they may be slightly more expensive than DVD, surely the access speed is vastly superior?
Posted 17:23 on 11 September 2012
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MJTH@ CheekyLee

Oh OK, that's fair enough. I wasn't aware of that. But still I think it still would be more convenient to be able to attach any old passport drive via USB and have that work instantly. Less hassle. My point still stands when compared to 360.
Posted 17:14 on 11 September 2012
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CheekyLee@ MJTH

I thought any SATA drive would do for a PS3?
Posted 17:04 on 11 September 2012
MJTH's Avatar


I thought Nintendo had already announced that Wii U would support external hard drives. To be honest, whilst the internal memory is low, being able to add more memory via a non propriety external is already better the PS3 (which can't be increased) and 360 (requiring officially licensed propriety drives) methods of adding memory.
Posted 17:01 on 11 September 2012
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