First Tech Info On Wii U/Controller, Wont Scale Wii Games, Singletouch, Same Room Use

Sep 23, 2009

It is a combination of a more traditional interface—as previously reported, the New Controller has two analog sticks, one d-pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons and two triggers—and the tilting, turning and shaking motion controls that made the Wii a smash success.

The new controller also incorporates a large touchscreen interface, a front-facing camera, gyroscope, and microphone.

Nintendo offered the following loose technical specifications to Kotaku in a pre-briefing on Nintendo's New Console.

  • High definition display, up to 1080p resolution via HDMI output
  • 6.2" touchscreen on New Controller, running in non-HD resolution
  • Internal flash-based media storage, upgradeable via USB and SD carts
  • Games ship on proprietary iDensity discs of unspecified, but "large capacity"
  • Games will also be available as downloadable content
  • Console compatible with Wii games and devices
  • Release date between April 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012; or after the end of Nintendo's fiscal year
So no Hard Drive then?

Edit 3: Breaking News on CPU from Engadget:

Details were scarce about the IBM silicon Nintendo's new HD powerhouse was packing, but we did some digging to get a little more info. IBM tells us that within the Wii U there's a 45nm custom chip with "a lot" of embedded DRAM. It's a silicon on insulator design and packs the same processor technology found in Watson, the supercomputer that bested a couple of meatbags on Jeopardy awhile back. Unfortunately, IBM wouldn't give us the chip's clock speeds, but if it's good enough to smoke Ken Jennings on national TV, we imagine it'll do alright against its competition from Sony and Microsoft.

Edit 2: Controller does not support multi touch.
Controller needs to be in the same room so no playing around the house.
Wii games won't be upscaled, they'll still be a jaggy mess.

Edit: More details.
Jan 3, 2008
No blu ray or hdd...... I'm ok with that. Specs don't sell me consoles. I just have no idea what is going on with this thing.


The Legend of BorkBork: BorkBorkity Borking
Oct 11, 2004
All pretty much expected given most of the confirmed rumours.

Holiday 2012 it is. I expect a solid price point by next E3.
Feb 20, 2007
So there is a new console then.

I guess the controller and the Wii U are bound through some sort of connectivity that isn't bluetooth, otherwise there is no way you could stream games even at half-HD resolution.


Unconfirmed Member
Nov 7, 2007
FFF... Reggie is talkin to the G4 guys now. He said that while the WiiU will be able to play the Wii software, it WILL NOT UPSCALE. It'll still look like a Wii game.
Mar 27, 2006
Nintendo kept our preview session entirely focused on the play experience, and revealed very little about the specifications of the upcoming machine. The company said the games would come on “proprietary high-density optical discs” and that the new console would use internal flash storage for downloaded content, which would be upgradable with SD cards or USB sticks.
Aug 17, 2009
And just like that Sony and MS held back their next consoles for a few more years. IGN were right off the ball, only correct thing was the controller and someone on Gaf pretty much drew exactly the same thing, like WOW whoever made it because it was exactly the same.
Jun 2, 2008
HaRyu said:
FFF... Reggie is talkin to the G4 guys now. He said that while the WiiU will be able to play the Wii software, it WILL NOT UPSCALE. It'll still look like a Wii game.
So lame. Could've been an awesome selling point for hardcore gamers who didn't get the Wii due to it being SD. I would love to play Nintendo's first party games in HD.
Aug 2, 2007
What I'm also eager to read up on is the software tools Nintendo will offer developers. Since the console seems to be close to the PS360 in raw tech specs (perhaps a tad better), a lot of importance will be placed on the dev tools themselves if the WiiU is to gain some kind of graphical upper hand.


more money than God
Jan 7, 2008
I'm wondering. None of the screens, thus far, have actually shown (except NSMBMii) running on the controller. Can I actually play HD Zelda totally (though not HD, I accept that) on the controller, or will it just be menus and stuff?
Jan 14, 2009
HaRyu said:
FFF... Reggie is talkin to the G4 guys now. He said that while the WiiU will be able to play the Wii software, it WILL NOT UPSCALE. It'll still look like a Wii game.
Theres no point, it wouldnt look any better unless played at native resolution.
Mar 21, 2005
I wonder how much damage will be done if MS/Sony show their new consoles next E3 and WiiU isn't out yet? Will people beyond the Big N faithful still be anxious to buy the WiiU or will they just wait for the next (presumably) more powerful wave?

Also- I know Batman Arkham City, Darksiders II, Metro, and Battlefield 3 were all shown for WiiU... but aren't all of these games due out on PS3/360 by the end of this year?

I'd hope those games would have some good additional content to encourage people to buy them upwards of a year later...