The Wii game console has a built in Wi-Fi adapter, letting it connect wirelessly to the internet, though a wired connection can be used with an additional adapter accessory. While there are a few online features available through the console’s menus – called channels – several of the services available when the console launched have been discontinued over time. Two remaining essential features include the Wii Shop Channel and Netflix.
Besides the exclusive 6.2” display, the new controller also comes with a gyroscope and an accelerator, speakers, a mic, an inward-facing camera, and a rumble feature. Adding these new additions to the classic layout of the controller (ZL/ZR buttons, L/R buttons/ A/BX/Y buttons, +Control Pad, and 2 analogue circle pads) will create the ultimate gaming experience while being attractive to both dedicated and casual video game players. Up to 4 Wii remote or Wii remote plus controllers can be used with the Wii U gaming console, and it is also backwards compatible with all accessories and games from its predecessor. The original Wii gaming system has already sold over 86,000,000 consoles worldwide, and broadened the audience for games. The Wii U gaming console is designed to further broaden that audience.
At the time of the Wii U gaming console’s launch, there will be a huge variety of hot software and games available for it. Here is just a few that you can expect:
Console size: 1.8” tall, 6.8” wide, and 10.5” long.
Controller: The controller has an integrated 6.2” 16:9 touch display and traditional button layout which includes 2 analogue circile pads. This combo removes any barriers between players, the TV, and games by creating another window into the world of gaming. The controller has an integrated rechargeable battery, includes the ZL/ZR buttons, the L/R buttons, the A/B/X/Y buttons, the +control pad, the home button, and the power button. The controller also has an integrated gyroscope and accelerometer, a stylus, a sensor strip, stereo speakers, a mic, a camera, and the rumble feature.
More controllers: Up to a total of 4 Wii remotes can be used with a single Wii U at the same time. The Wii U gaming console has backwards compatibility with classic Wii input devices and controllers, including but not limited to the Wii balance board, the classic controller, and the Nun-chuk controller.
Media: One self-loading bay for media can play both 12 cm Wii optical disks and 12 cm proprietary optical disks.
Audio output: Utilizes the AV multi-out connector. 6 channel PCM linear output via HDMI.
Video output: Supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. Compatible cables include composite, S-video, component, and HDMI.
GPU: AMD Radeon HD GPU
CPU: IBM multi-core micro-processor
Storage: Built in flash storage, as well as storage expansion via USB hard drive or SD memory card
More: 4 USB slots included. The Wii U is compatible with all previous Wii accessories and games.