Friday, 14 September 2012

Wii U Features

Source: http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu/


In addition to introducing new ways to play, Wii U also offers users a variety of non-gaming features to enhance the overall experience.


Features

Miiverse

Miiverse is a brand new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content.

Using their personalised Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing.

From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favourite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.

TV Remote

The Wii U GamePad may also function as an infrared TV Remote, whether users are watching TV or playing a game.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Wii U GamePad has the ability to communicate wirelessly with objects that are held above it. This allows for a variety of interesting new possibilities for games and activities.

Nintendo eShop

The digital storefront for Wii U will be available at launch and offer a variety of content for people to download and enjoy. Consumers will also be able to purchase and download select games that are also available at retail stores.

There are plenty of ways to discover new games on Nintendo eShop: you can watch trailers, view charts based on popularity, or search for games using a variety of search filters.

Video Entertainment

Nintendo is working with other partners to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience. Additional details will be released at a later time.

Video Chat

Using the built-in camera of the Wii U GamePad, people can communicate with other Wii U owners in real time.

Internet Browser

Wii U comes with a browser that lets people with a wireless Internet connection surf the Internet from the comfort of their couches. Using the simple controls on the Wii U GamePad, it's possible to display your favourite web pages on the TV to share with family and friends, or just browse the web on the GamePad without using the TV. You can even use the browser when you are in the middle of a game!

Compatibility with Wii games

In addition to being able to play almost all Wii games you already have, you can also continue to use your controllers and other accessories such as Wii Remote Plus (and Wii Remote) controllers, and Nunchuk controllers.

Please note: excludes some software and accessories.

Technical Specifications


Size

Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.

Weight

Approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

Appearance

The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup.

CPU

IBM PowerⓇ-based multi-core microprocessor.

GPU

AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.

Storage

Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD Memory Cards and external USB storage. SD Memory Cards up to 2 GB and SDHC Cards up to 32 GB are supported.

Supported Media

Wii U and Wii optical discs.

Networking

Wii U can access the Internet via wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters (sold separately).

Wii Compatibility

Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.

Please note: Nintendo GameCube software and accessories are not supported.

Audio Output

Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI port, or analogue output via the AV Multi Out connector.

Video Output

Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

Controllers

The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.
Wii Remote Plus & Wii U Pro Controller