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Wii U
Developer(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) North America
November 18, 2012
Europe
November 30, 2012
Australia
November 30, 2012
Japan
December 8, 2012
Price(s) $299.99 USD
Colors White
Black
Units Shipped 440,000[1]

The Wii U is a video game console developed by Nintendo and released in 2012.[2][3] It is the successor to Nintendo's Wii console, and is the first eighth generation home console released.

The Wii U is sports backward compatibility to the Wii as well as the ability to reach a high definition graphical output. The system's main controller is a large, flat controller featuring two analog sticks, a directional pad and buttons titled the Wii U GamePad.

History Edit

Rumors and statements were given out throughout the late 2010s regarding an enhanced version (or enhancement to) Nintendo's Wii. Shigeru Miyamoto stated that if Nintendo would be working on a new console, they would focus the product on the gameplay experience rather than the graphics, but did state interest in working with high definition software.[4] In addition, Nintendo expressed interest in working alongside the 3DS by way of using 3D technology with their new console.[5]

April 25, 2011 brought the Wii U to fruition with Nintendo unveiling that they were indeed going to release a console the next. The console was then shown off at the E3 event of 2011.[6][7]

During September of 2012, Nitnendo released the launch dates for the Wii U console.[8] The system would be available in two separate versions: basic and deluxe versions. These two versions of the console differ in their byte-size of storage, bundles, and extra accessories.[9][10][11]

The system launched in the November and December of 2012 and has sold over 440,000 units since its initial launch.[1]

Technical specifications Edit

  • Processors
    • CPU: IBM PowerPC-based multi-core processor codenamed "Espresso."

GPU: AMD Radeon High Definition with an eDRAM cache built onto the die codenamed "Latte".

  • The Wii U CPU is designed by IBM. It is described by IBM as an "all-new, Power-based microprocessor", the processor is a multi-core design manufactured at 45 nm with an eDRAM cache. Neither Nintendo nor IBM has revealed detailed specifications, such as the number of cores, clock rate, or cache sizes. References have been made to the chip containing "a lot" of eDRAM and "the same processor technology found in Watson". The Wii U CPU will be produced by IBM at their 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York. Both the CPU and the GPU will be on one MCM.
  • RAM
    • 2 GB (with 1 GB reserved for the operating system and unavailable to games, consisting of four 4 Gbit (512 MiB) DDR3-1600 memory modules, each 12.8 GB/s bandwidth)
  • Storage
    • 8 GB (Basic) or 32 GB (Deluxe (NA)/Premium (EU)) Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards up to 32 GB and USB hard disk drives up to 2 TB
    • Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm "proprietary high-density optical discs" (25 GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs
  • Ports and peripheral capabilities
    • SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
    • USB 2.0 ports (two at front of console, two at rear)
    • Sensor Bar power port
    • "AV Multi Out" port
    • HDMI 1.4 out port
  • Internet Browser
    • Browser Engine: NetFront® Browser NX v2.1
    • User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/534.52 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/{Version No} NintendoBrowser/{Version No}.US
    • Supported Protocols: HTTP1.0/HTTP1.1/SSL3.0/TLS1.0/TLS1.1/TLS1.2
    • Plug-ins: Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.

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