Wii U specs: Nintendo confirms official hardware details

Get the low-down on what we know so far of the hardware specs for Nintendo’s Wii U: its power, its size and the cold, hard numbers.

Nintendo has revealed the hardware specs for the two different models of the Wii U.
So far, we know that Japan will get a Basic and Premium SKU. The Basic package will come in white with 8GB of internal flash memory, which will be used for storing game data and content downloaded from the Nintendo Network.

The Premium package will be black and feature 32GB of flash memory for storage. Wii U game discs will be 25GB capacity and, judging by the size of the internal harddrives, are unlikely to ever require game data to be installed directly on to the console.

Both bundles include a basic AC adapter and an HDMI adapter for 1080p gaming. Nintendo claim the Wii U is around 20 times more powerful than its six-year-old Wii console.

Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata said the Wii U will have 1GB of system memory and 1GB of game memory for 2GB total, that’s compared to PS3 and 360′s 512MB.

The Wii U uses 75 watts of power when operating and 45 watts in power save mode. It measures 46 mm x 172 mm x 268.5 mm in the horizontal position.

Accessory-wise, the Basic pack will include the white console and Game Pad, a stylus, HDMI adapter and AC adapter.

The Premium set includes a black console and a black Game Pad, a stylus, an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, a Game Pad dock (charging stand), a Game Pad stand and a console stand.

The Wii U launches in Japan on December 8. Check out Brenna’s post in full for more details from this morning’s announcement.

Announcements for the US and European launches are happening at 3pm BST this afternoon. More hardware details will be added to this post as and when we have them.

Wii U to launch November 18 in North America

Wii U will arrive at North American retail in November in two different skus, Nintendo has announced.

The release date for the console was revealed as part of Nintendo’s New York City event this morning, hosted by NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime.

It will release in two skus:

  • Basic set: 8GB, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, AC adapter for each, high-speed HDMI cable, Wii U sensor bar: everything is white for $299.99.
  • Deluxe Set: 32GB, everything in the basic set + extra memory, GamePad charging cradle, GamePad/Console stands and Nintendo Land for $349.99.

Those who buy the deluxe set will also get points for every download to use to buy things later – more on this will be announced “soon” said Fils-Aime.

Nintendo simultaneously held a streaming Nintendo Direct conference for Europe, where the release date for the console was announced as November 30.

In Japan, the console will release on December 8, which was announced via a Nintendo Direct conference hosted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

Another presentation in Japan this morning, focused on the software releasing for the console.
Specs for the system can be found through here.

Wii U will land at North American retail on November 18.

Wii U: Nintendo details release details for Japan, US and EU

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Wii U – first and third-party US launch titles announced

Wii U’s launch titles will start hitting in November and will continue through March, the firm has announced along with the list.

“In just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said NOA president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box.

“The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or during the launch window listed by publisher:

  • 505 Games -Funky Barn
  • 2K Sports- NBA 2K13
  • Activision – 007 Legends, Black Ops 2,Transformers Prime, WipeOut 3, Skylanders Giants, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Capcom -Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • D3Publisher – Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game, Ben 10: Omniverse, Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Disney Interactive – Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • EA – Mass Effect 3, Madden 13, FIFA 13
  • Frozenbyte – Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Gaijin Games- Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Majesco Entertainment – Zumba Fitness Core
  • Maximum Games- Jett Tailfin
  • Namco - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, TANK TANK TANK
  • Nintendo – Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge, SiNG PARTY, LEGO City: Undercover, Wii Fit U, Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 from Platinum Games
  • SEGA- Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Shin’en- Nano Assault Neo
  • Tecmo Koei- WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper
  • THQ- Darksiders II, Wheel of Fortune, JEOPARDY!
  • Two Tribes- Toki Tori 2
  • Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Rabbids Land, Sports Connection, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, ZombiU, Rayman Legends
  • Warner Bros. – Scribblenauts Unlimited, Game Party Champions, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

The Wii U launch window is defined as the period beginning November 18, 2012 and ending March 31, 2013.

Wii U will launch in North America on November 18.