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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