E3 2012 – Nintendo Releases Official Wii U Specs

A lot of us techies like to know what’s powering our consoles, and Nintendo virtually never shares that information.  Today they shocked the world by actually letting us know a few details.  They’re not Microsoft or Sony, do don’t expect miracles, but it’s nice to finally hear what’s going to be inside the Wii U when it retails later this year.


  • Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long.


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


  • Approximately 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg).


  • IBM PowerⓇ-based multi-core processor.


  • AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.


  • Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage.


  • Wii U and Wii optical discs.


  • 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.

Wii Compatibility

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

Audio Output

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

Wii U GamePad

  • The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).

Other 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.

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.

Wii U Features

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


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 personalized 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 favorite 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 controller 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.

Video Entertainment

Nintendo is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube 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.


We’ve also been told that the GamePad takes around 2.5 hours to charge and lasts around 3 to 5 hours of continuous gameplay.

5 thoughts on “E3 2012 – Nintendo Releases Official Wii U Specs”

  1. What a tease. We all know that Nintendo typically teams up with IBM so that’s no surprise there. I’m assuming that CPU chip will also be responsible for communicating with the tablet?

    The graphics chip is so vague. AMD Radeon HD. Really? That’s all you have to say about that?

  2. Yeah Ahmed, no surprise with the Intel processor, and honestly never expected them to reveal the GPU either. We know it’s a Radeon, and that’s all we’ll ever know until someone takes the GPU out and seeing the serial number of the device.

  3. Hahaha! Even the specs is aimed to impress the casual crowd “Oh wow! IBM, now that is a good company!” :P

    Just expressing my initial reaction here. Don’t mean to be bashing Nintendo. Don’t really have anything positive to say though.

  4. I’m surprised nobody’s whining about the tablet’s battery life. It’s to be expected, but I expected a much more negative backlash. At least we have the option to connect it to AC power.

    Kotaku has been reporting some problems when simultaneously using the Wii U with 4 Wii Remotes. Constantly recalibrating is an issue they’ve encountered in the showfloor, but Nintendo should have these ironed out by release.

  5. Yeah I had heard about the calibration issues, and hopefully those are fixed up before release. That would get annoying in time. As for the battery life, I was hoping for longer myself but at least you can plug it in to recharge, just make sure you buy a 12′ USB cable ;) That’s what I did for my PS3 controller ;)

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