Nintendo finally introduces long-awaited Wii U

Wed, Jun 8
11:24
AM ET

Nintendo finally introduced their long-awaited HD console, the Wii U, complete with showing off their iPad-like touch screen controller.

The screen on the controller is a beast at 6.2-inches, and can be used for such things as calling your plays in "Madden" straight from your touch screen, that way your opponent can't take a look into your playbook. Also cool is the fact that you can start a game playing off of your TV screen, but then switch at anytime and finish your game by playing on the screen of your controller while someone else in the room changes the channel and watches the Heat take on the Mavs. In addition, the Wii U controller features an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers.

Other Wii U details include:

  • 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 Controller, Classic Controller Pro 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.

  • GPU: AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.

  • Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included.