It’s what every hardcore Nintendo console fan has been waiting for: the Wii U’s tech specs. We already know the console will be featured in both a white and black model, but hit the jump for a list of detailed tech specs.


  • Weight: Approximately 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg)
  • Size: 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long
  • Video Output: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
  • Supports HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV
  • AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.
  • Supports internal flash memory (SD memory cards and external USB storage)
  • Supports Wii U and Wii optical discs
  • Four USB 2.0 connectors (two rear, two front/support Wii LAN Adapters)
  • Access to internet via IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless
  • Audio output: six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector

Wii U GamePad

  •  6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen
  •  Traditional button controls and two analog sticks (clickable)
  • TV CONTROL button
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor
  • Front-facing camera
  • Microphone
  • Stereo speakers
  • Headphone jack
  • Accessory port
  • Rumble features
  • Sensor bar
  • Included stylus
  • Support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds (500 g)
  • Runs on rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Life: 5 hours max, 2.5 hours for full charge

Source: NintendoGlobe

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  • Forebodingburger

    These aren't new. The important parts–the details regarding the CPU and GPU–are still missing.

    • Guest

      AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.

      • Nick

        That doesn't tell us anything besides the brand. We want to know cores, clocks, bandwidth, RAM, etc. Something that can actually be looked at to see how powerful it is compared to PC/other console graphic cards and processors.

      • wwtoonlinkfan

        But which one?

  • Pickle Surprise

    Well, there's been speculation about the graphix for a while now. The speculation basically is that the GPU is going to be better than current-gen consoles at least. Though you probably knew that :3

    "AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU." Oh you.

  • M3rror

    The processor is IBM Power-based multi-core, as taken from a recent photo uploaded on the Nintendo Facebook page.

  • dssdfsd

    wasn't it 6 cores around 3,3 ghz processor?

  • ijuin

    The geomagnetic sensor sounds intriguing–is it supposed to sense the Earth's magnetic field in order to get an absolute directional frame of reference? If so, then why is this not redundant with the sensor bar? Are we going to see software that requires us to point in an absolute compass direction independently from which direction the TV is in?

  • nnspcfcactnfgr

    I was really hoping Nintendo would finally put to rest the rumors that Wii U was anything but an awesomely powerful machine, so this non-answer is a profound disappointment. They still have a chance to shut up the childish jeers from the "hardcore" crowd and prove to this loyal customer that his purchase will still be viable when third-party developers are moving into the eighth generation. This lack of any truly new information could either mean something really good or really bad. Either Nintendo is still keeping a tight lid on the specs because they have yet to reveal that "wow" moment for the launch… or our worst fears have been confirmed—that Nintendo is still bogged down in the "it's not about graphics; it's about gameplay" principle, which is unfortunately a nice way of saying the only good games on it will be Nintendo games.
    Yes, Nintendo, graphics have to be backed up by good gameplay, but I implore you, don't doom the Wii U to be another niche market console! Be the industry standard I remember!

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  • Adventurous Knight

    Still want to know if it will have a hard drive!