Nintendo updated their official E3 site with a list of specifications for the new Wii U console.
While Nintendo was rather vague on the details of Wii U during the actual conference, focusing mainly on the controller, we now know what the actual console is all about as far as the system details. Hit the jump for the down low.

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 ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM 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.
Update- It’s been reported that the Wii U uses a 45 nm customized chip. The only 45nm line that IBM uses is the POWER&, which runs at between 3.1 and 4.3 GHz. For reference, the PS3 is 3.2 GHz. The WiiU is therefore at least as powerful as the PS3, if not considerably more.

Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

What do you think of the specs? Do you think the Wii U’s power and graphics will rival the current consoles from Microsoft and Sony?

Here’s some extra (albeit blurry) screen shots from demo’s showing off what the next console can do.


Stay tuned to ZU for more exciting updates.

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  • DoctorYou

    Can Nintendo finally please hardcore-casual fans (I hate those words, but that seems to be their goal)? I think this may do it!

    • george

      they need 2 hav betr graphics, betr online, and try 2 get games that r 4 peopl above da age of 10 (other than zelda keep it da same it wil always be beast)

      • Tom

        That's some bad spelling man.

  • Keith

    Definitely getting this sexy thing. ;P

    • Mr.Linkypoo

      Gimmie,Gimmie,Gimmie… TOTALLY COOL!!!

    • T Dave

      Hell yes its sexy, though it does look like the child of a Wii and XBox 360.

    • george

      r u insane???? the frigin controller is a completely different system it has the most retarded controller i have evr seen way 2 interactive cant nintendo just make a normal controller??????????????????????

      • Ryoni

        Because nintendo is about innovation. Everyone I've heard who actually tried the controller seems to think it is really comfortable, light and awesome 😀 I'm looking forward to it, and so is the majority of the greatest game developers out there!

      • Granetdud

        I don't really think you can judge it without even trying it.

  • Rose De Nose

    Freaking sweet.

  • Drfeelgood666

    Guess my Gamecube games will finally be put to rest. </3

    • cloverplayer

      at least we can still use gc controllers for super smash bros brawl/mario cart!

      • Soulless Creature

        You can replay your GC games on a GC or Wii you don't hve to put them to rest.

    • OR you can download them on the Wii U Virtual Console, which is most likely.

  • I'm pretty pumped to play this thing…. Though, I still feel like Microsoft and Sony fans will still call it a "kid's consol"….. If this new consol got some awesome launch titles, we'd blow 'em out of the water.

    • Link

      They will, as long as it's Nintendo. -__-
      Nintendo doesn't get anyone new, unless they're old.

      But i'll always love you Nintendo! <3

    • PhantomVII

      Assassin's Creed, Ninja Gaiden, Ghost Recon, Tekken? Doesn't sound like a kid's console to me.

      • Soulless Creature

        Sony, Microsoft Nintendo is back PS1 VS N64 easy; N64, PS2 VS XBOX VS GC I won't go there, PS3 VS XBOX360 VS Wii the Wii is more child friendly.
        But now, the WiiU(pgraded) is the games console to top all games consoles.

      • heroofmasks

        not to forget new resident evil for 3ds along with mgs snake eater3d

  • Travmann777

    This would be perfect for a remake / sequel for Okami ! anyone else agree?

  • dragonchi26

    I'm hearing contradicting information on the consoles Storage system. Some say its a SATA hard drive and some say its internal flash memory. which is right?

    • Aniday

      This info is straight from Nintendo. So believe us :3

  • Ganon_me

    I say we destroy microsoft and sony. Wouldn't THAT be cool?

    • T Dave

      Perhaps not destroying them completeley, just their souls and all their hopes for the future. As long as they know they will never be as good as nintendo i think we're okay

      • Craig

        To be honest, I wouldn't bother giving them the satisfaction of a fight – it's what they always look for, a reaction to get their kicks. I can't believe they bully people and act thuggish towards others based on games consoles – there are bigger things in life to worry about and not even they should lead to bullying or anything harsh. The fans are encouraged by Sony to go up against and fight Nintendo – that's why I always call them Sony's Legions because they seem brainwashed to hate on others on behalf of Sony. If you listen to some of Sony's speeches, they actually sound like election rallies or those films where crowds gather to be told about impending war (surprise surprise, exactly what most of the games are about.) What I'm gonna love about this console is that it may have those games but Nintendo still has their core values of including family too and will still try to keep a form of balance with what they choose to release, as well as others. At least we're nice people, we don't let games totally change us and warp our minds and that's part of why I like Nintendo as my first choice in gaming.

    • george

      not at all i 4 1 dont play my wii that offten this game wil be da reason i play my wii other than gcube zelda games

  • PhantomVII

    Or a Wii.

  • ArrJay

    It's ironic how fanboys of sony and microsoft act more like children then the actual children who play nintendo.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to play with sony, but I just don't have enough fingers for all those buttons, or the eyesight for all those dynamic polygons. :/

    • Sam

      Hear hear. I remember playing Gears of War with a friend, and I got a head-ache from 20 min. of playtime.

      Dear Nintendo,
      When you use HD in your games, remember a little artistic fundamental called depth perception. It keeps me from getting head-aches.

  • guest

    Looks awesome, but may we please get screen shots of a controler?

  • I think it is cool!

  • veeronic

    "I am not a wii"

    • Soulless Creature

      No you're a better Wii. 🙂

    • Craig

      "I am not a Wii…" "I am now a Wii… and a U" "You're a Mii?" *confused face* lol Sorry random thought there – I'm crazy. I actually like the name, it's crazy as ever and in a way it kinda shows Nintendo's spirit if that makes sense… They don't care how weird a name sounds, as there's always a deeper meaning that connects to the player and they don't make this just to get kicks for themselves and pride themselves – they do it to entertain us and that's why they love to do it.

  • prada

    stupid controller? anyone?

    • Soulless Creature

      I agree. I should just put a sign up saying RATE ME DOWN.

    • george

      uuuuuuummmmmmmmm…. no dis guy is right da controller does seem stupid

    • Liv4link21

      Yea I could definitely live without the controller, especially since I heard it might only be able to handle one for each console at launch. I'd be more game if they just released a normal controller that was xbox/playstation quality and let us use that for some games as well like Zelda and ALL other of the "hardcore" games they put on the system. I'm sorry but when I'm playing Bioshock, I am not going to want to be looking down every second for my menu when I will just end up pausing the game anyways defeating the whole purpose.

      • GorCoronSumo

        What, so you'd just watch?

      • lootic

        In UI-design you can messure how good a UI is by how many clicks away it is, every click can also be calculated in time with fits law. Sure there is not much time to press the start button, but its one extra click. You can also use the screen for gesture input which is very fast in comparison to click the right button. The controls can be more streamlined as a result of having a touch screen for some(or maybe all?) input. Streamlining is good as you dont want the controls to get in the way for what you want to do. With other words, the extra screen, even if it seems stupid, will enhance the game experience if its used the correct way (the correct way is to simplify by less clicks and make a more understandable control).

        There is also the other aspect of the screen which is new game experiences, I will not care to argue at that as its pretty damn obvious.

        Hope this will change your mind a tad bit at least 🙂

  • Swic11

    i think all of its awesome.. though i wish that it actually did come with a hard drive. downloadable content is a huge thing today, and with games like dragon age coming to the Wii U I i will need the extra space for expansions. But other than that Visit Nintendo.com to look at more screens of the controller

    • dragonchi26

      They actually did a smarter thing by just allowing the console to be compatible with external Hard Drives. So you can buy whatever size HDD you want, and not be limited to what they would have supplied, had they gone with an internal HDD system. It also would have increased the cost of the console as well.

      In today's market, HDD are STUPID cheap. even ones that give 1TB or more. No consoles right now have that capacity. So all this does is give you complete freedom to give yourself whatever storage capacity you want.

      • Agreed. They've allowed the capability for using hard drives and that is enough I feel. I actually own a 1TB external hard drive and I may either use that or look into getting a second dedicated one later if I need to.

  • …So, gamecube games aren't compatible with this? I really hope they implement a virtual console for them in the near future. 🙁 I honestly don't care one bit about graphics; as long as they come out with fun games, I'll be happy. The controller looks SUPER weird when I first seen it, haha. It'll be interesting to see how it works.

  • Rachel

    God, can you imagine how much an extra controller will cost for one of these things?

    • Soulless Creature

      It would probably be the cost of a DS lite.

      • Ryoni

        it wont be sold separatly

    • God

      yes I can…

  • Solid Knight

    Will it also do GameCube games?

    • zeldafan4040

      No it will not

  • zeldafan4040

    OMFG how gorgeous!!!!

  • Sanity's_Theif

    This is the most amazing thing Nintendo has done, ever, this new system makes me feel like my PS3 and 360 are now just a cheap toy imitation of this incredible new console, Nintendo is finally bringing back it's awesomeness from it's SNES and 64 days

    No word on whether it will support GC controllers or GC games though?

    For the new Smash Bros I'd really like to use a GC controller, it just feels too right.

    • Sam

      I'm the odd-ball nunchuck user at my Brawl parties. GC controllers hurt my hands (took my sweet sweet time with WW).

    • adsghdrsf

      Maby they will release new "normal" controllers to put in the usb ports. By normal i mean gamecube/xbox/ps3 like controllers without a frikkin' screen.

    • george

      r u f***ing insane????? this so far isnt betr than da ps3 or 360 its betr than the wii but at the most ties with the others

      • Liv4link21

        It is not going to be GameCube compatible.

    • triforcegod55

      i agree with you bout the gc controller for Smash Bros. I highly doubt it will be gc compatabile……hopefully the new controller will be better than the gc controller and they won't force the touch screen controls.

  • Zelda Paradox

    Make it have a virtual console that has Gamecube Games!!!!! 8D

    • Considering the fact that a Gamecube game is typically 1.5GB in size (that's what I remember reading) and you can hook up an external hard drive, then it's certainly possible. The downside is the cost and downloading up to 1.5GB of data per game!

  • Chuggaaconroy Fan

    I'd have to say this E3 was great, but perhaps not as absolutely amazing as last year's. I love the Wii U, but Nintendo just didn't have the best games to demonstrate its features. Except for the Zelda HD demo perhaps. But regardless, this just means that they will be able to surprise us with an awesome line-up for Wii U at next years E3!
    My personal feelings on E3 2011?
    Pros:
    -Wii U announced
    -3DS games further explained and detailed (Kid Icarus, Mario Kart)
    -Luigi's Mansion 2 announced (just in time for Chuggaaconroy's LP, eh?)
    -Great Zelda news! (Four Swords, Link's Awakening, Orchaestra tour, CDs)
    -New Super Smash Bros. confirmed!

    Cons:
    -Not many super interesting Wii U titles.
    -Wii U features not demonstrated as well as they could have been.
    -No Pikmin 3 announcement
    -No Paper Mario 3D
    -No exact release dates.

    I'm sure they is more to note, but that's all I can think of at the moment.

    • NWar

      Pikman 3 was announced for the Wii U and it'll probably be a launch title from what was said at the roundtable.

      • Chuggaaconroy Fan

        Oh, I didn't know that! Thank you, I'll be searching that right now! 🙂

        • guest

          the console is in development for 2012 why would we get game names for it now

          • Chuggaaconroy Fan

            Incorrect, Pikmin 3 WAS confirmed for the Wii U at the roundtable discussion.

    • Liv4link21

      @Chuggaaconroy Fan, Paper Mario 3D wasn't mentioned at E3 but it is coming out because they posted a 3D trailer up on the 3DS eShop. They should have just waited until next E3 to announce it when they had actual games to back it up not just tech demos.

  • Keimori

    crushing disaponintment? what stange, depressing universe do you hail from?
    It was a great game!

  • Sam

    It looks like XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii got married, and made a child.

    • Dude

      XD Yes. Yes it does!

  • guest

    wow just released 3ds (psp beat) now this could it beat xbox ps3 and the wii(don't forget people complained about too much ds touch screen controls)

  • guest

    and if sony copy controllers again (wand thing) we know nintendo is the better games company

  • albertouz95

    very nice! but no DVD or BluRay?? :´(

    • adsghdrsf

      Reggie confirmed that they won't be using blueray.

  • Dakota

    Still wondering if they is gonna change the name like they did with the wii. Maybe this console will be called the Revolution? Also why no gamecube support? Why!?! WHY!!!!!
    It was heartbreaking that gamecube wasn't compatible with n64 but this it to much!
    Ooh pretty bird…

  • jordan

    Gamecube compatible?

  • x4dennis24

    so far, the only problem i can see with this new console is if Nintendo doesn't do away with that friends code crap.

  • x4dennis24

    The bad thing is, the wii U is on par (or maybe even a little better) with p3s and 360 graphics wise, but im betting in 2013/2014 the new sony and xbox systems will come out with much better graphics

  • x4dennis24

    this wii U does definatly seem to be getting alot more support then the wii, so it shouldnt dissapoint

  • Bre

    man, i was really hoping that this would be able to run gamecube games. mainly becuase i think i'll be trading in my wii for a wiiu, and i don't own a gamecube….. D=

    • narutomoon

      Gamecubes at gamestop are less money than a new DS game. they are $30, so i see no problem in trading in your wii the get a wii u

  • guest

    Sounds like when you plug your gameboy advance into the gamecube. XD

  • Skullkid

    i dont care what anyone says… this consol looks AWSOME! 🙂

  • Moanime

    i wasn't sure what to think of this console when my friend told me about it this morning, but after reviewing it it looks really neat!
    FINALLY A REAL DRAWING TABLET TO GO WITH GAMING!!!
    AND I'LL NEVER HAVE TO WAIT FOR MY DAD TO STOP HOGGING THE TV!!!
    i am so buying me one of these B)

  • Stephen

    Guys… The graphics of the Wii U are next generation graphics! Of course it will rival the current gen consoles! Do you really think Nintendo is so dumb to have current gen graphics when they are trying to get 3rd parties on there system?

    I understand the confusion, because of the Wii U line up trailer, because it only showcased games from current gen consoles, and will most likely be direct ports of the xbox 360 and PS3 to the Wii U. All games are still in development, so that is why they did not show the graphical capabilities in a game. They are simply not ready.

    Just look at the Zelda and the Garden tech demo. This is NOT a cutscene or CGI. It is rendered in real time, so expect games to look like this, or even better. (Reggie said those are early examples of what the system can do, with early dev kits.) Reggie also said it is going to have the latest technology.

    So do not worry guys. I am sure the Wii U will be on par with Sonys and Microsofts next consoles. The Wii U will probably be with PS2 of the next gen in terms of graphics. That is not a huge difference, so all games are going to look practically the same, with few differences with exclusive games to use that little extra power.

  • Emil

    Please please PLEASE let there be a port of Resident Evil 5 on this console. I've been holding back on buying it for the PS3, because I've tried it once and hated the clunky controls of the PS3, as opposed to the intuitive and fluent controls of the Wii edition of Resident Evil 4.

    Other than that, it is going to be interesting to see if the upgrade to HD graphics is going to bring more of the big 3rd developers back to Nintendos home console market. As of late the Wii, albeit having great 1st developer games, has just been flooded with shovelware. Keeping my fingers for big names like Capcom and Square Enix.

    • GorCoronSumo

      Please let Final Fantasy return to Nintendo consoles…

  • Aura

    I'm getting it, but I'm keeping the Wii so I can still play those always cherished Gamecube games like Wind Waker (Yes it was alwaysed cherished by everybody =P) or Mario Sunshine.

    • GorCoronSumo

      Of course you choose two underrated games when you say "always cherished"

  • Dude

    0_0 My opinion, this looks better than the XBOX 360 AND the PS3. Great Job, Nintendo!

  • Soupjuice

    The controllers will probably cost as much as the system -.-

  • GorCoronSumo

    Celestial Brush on the controller.

  • triforcegod55

    this is awesome! finally we'll eventually get a Zelda HD title!!!!!!! Definately buying this thing. They better have some sweet games to go with it!

  • triforcegod55

    also thats awesome bout the processor chip. so the Wii U is ate least as powerful if not more than the PS3…..awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Guest

    beat 5 and 6 year old consoles? ya, sure. if you consider that beating them, then sure. just wait until the next xbox or next playstation comes out.

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  • Cathy Greder

    In u ass a! ! ! ! ! !

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