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Nintendo Wii U 8GB Basic Pack - White

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Platform : Nintendo Wii U
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Basic Pack
  • Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
  • IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • 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 and Wii Balance Board.
  • Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
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Game Information

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii U
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Edition: Basic Pack
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  • ASIN: B004Y59P3A
  • Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 29.5 x 13.5 cm ; 2.9 Kg
  • Release Date: 30 Nov. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Edition:Basic Pack

Product Description

Discover a wealth of exciting new ways to enjoy home entertainment with Wii U, Nintendo's next home console. With a revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics, a whole new world of play styles and gaming possibilities is on the horizon. The time is coming to truly expand your idea about what a game console is - and can be. The system includes the new 8GB Wii U console and amazing new controller.

Wii U logo

A New Wii Console Experience

According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, "Wii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together," he continues, "The experience enabled by Wii U and its new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers."

The Wii U console
A new Wii console experience that fundamentally changes how the TV, game console and the Internet function and interact together.
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The Wii U system showing the new controller, console and TV
A unique new controller packed with advanced features.
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A New Super Mario Bros. Mii game screen
An exciting roster of new games and software available at launch, as well as backwards compatibility to all Wii games.
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Wii U combines exceptional gameplay with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be paired with a new groundbreaking controller, with its 6.2-inch wide screen. Previously, video games played on a home consoles have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multiplayer environment. The Wii U controller enhances that experience with different viewpoints available in-game and in differing games/game situations. Also, watching TV and playing console games have been completely separate experiences. The new controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience. Examples of this new functionality include:

Within Single Player Games:
  • While in-game the new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV
  • The information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope
Within Multiplayer Games:
  • The player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV creating a wider variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities

The New Controller

In addition to its 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controller button scheme -- two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons -- will enable a breadth of gameplay experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated video game players. The Wii U system can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers and is backward compatible to all Wii games and all Wii accessories. The Wii console has sold more than 86 million units globally and greatly expanded the overall audience for video games. Wii U aims to expand that audience even further.

The Wii U Release Software Lineup

Wii U will feature a wide variety of exciting first and third party games and software at the time of system launch. Just a few of those players can expect include:

  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii
  • Darksiders II
  • DiRT
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online
  • Tekken
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (working title)
  • And Nintendo Mii-based software yet to be confirmed

Technical Specifications

  • Console 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 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. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

Additional Screenshots

Wii U controller showing touchscreen and stylus
Touchscreen input options.
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Wii U gameplay using the new controller and Wii Remote Plus controllers together
Supports a variety of controllers.
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The Wii U controller held vertically demonstrating its screen adjustment capabilities
Accelerometer & gyroscope.
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Playing a game on the Wii U without the use of a TV
Play with or without a TV.
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Box Contains

  • 8 GB memory
  • Wii U Console in White
  • Wii U GamePad in White
  • Wii U AC Adapter
  • Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
  • High Speed HDMI Cable

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 May 2013
Edition: Basic Pack Verified Purchase
Not since the Sega Dreamcast have I seen such a fascinating games console suffer so unfairly. This isn't to say that the Wii U has sold poorly, but the unprecedented success of the original Wii has simply raised the bar of expectations to a crazy level, and so early on too.

That success clearly left Nintendo underestimating any need to promote this product with the same exposure. As a result, the Wii associates itself with the Wii U in quite negative ways, despite the fact that the Wii U has a 'Wii mode' built in... Confused yet?

The other mistake is of course in the name. 'Wii' works both as a universal brand and reference; a group activity. The addition of 'U' to highlight a more personal gameplay has zero impact on how this new product is an improvement over it's predecessor. The most logical names would have surely been 'Super Wii', or 'Wii 2'.

But business school over; here are some of the reasons for why the Basic Pack is a better deal over the Deluxe.

- The Game Pad Charging Cradle and Stand aren't necessities
- The eShop Digital Promotion is far from rewarding unless you spend a huge sum of money
- The Wii Remote Sensor Bar is cheap to find elsewhere (or you may already have one)
- Though the Basic Pack has only 3 to 4GB of available storage, this is plenty of room for Virtual Console content and demos, unless of course you intend to download retail games (which range between 2 and 14GB on average).

In the Wii U's teeny-tiny box you'll find

the Wii U console itself,
the Game Pad, with a stylus included,
a charging cable for the Game Pad,
AC power cable for the Wii U,
HDMI cable (which is nice and chunky, unlike cheap versions),
and of course the obligatory leaflets/manual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rubes007 on 11 Jun. 2015
Edition: Basic Pack Verified Purchase
Best thing I ever did was buying this without realising it can stream Amazon Instant Video (Love Film) and BBCiPlayer etc. Bargain. The charge lasts all day even after binge-watching Box Sets of TV shows. I left it to charge overnight on day of purchase and it has worked perfectly. Being able to disable it and use TV only viewing function while streaming video helps save on the battery too.
When playing games I was a little disappointed with the Nintendo eShop - topping up a balance rather than just charging my credit card for purchases - probably to avoid a merchant fee for each transaction. I'm old school - I hunt down games at High Street stores instead of downloading them. Plus, with only 8GB memory on this console - I wasn't going to spend more on memory in the bundle option - it wouldn't be long before I'd need an external hard drive just for my games.
Overall, does what it says on the tin. It's a Games Console, nothing more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 7 April 2013
Edition: Basic Pack Verified Purchase
I decided to purchase this console from Amazon after the price reduction and I must say I am not disappointed and would definitely recommend to others. I believe the console has great potential especially with the new Gamepad controller and the games I have played so far are as good as anything I have played on Xbox or PS3.

Setting up the console was very simple, once switched on you simply follow the on-screen instructions and within minutes you can start playing. If you already own the Wii, the sensor bar can be connected to the console and you can use the Wii remote and controller to play all your original Wii games. An external hard drive or USB drive can also be connected to increase the total memory available for your games.

To get the most out of this console you will need to download the latest system update.
This update adds a LOT of extra features as well as improving the overall speed of the system software.

The only thing that lets the Wii U down some what for me is the Gamepad's battery. Once fully charged you will only get between 3-5 hours of use out of it before it needs to be charged again. This is a minor inconvenience however and I still think it is a great console overall and look forward to seeing the new games and features released later in the year.
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Forget all the bad press you read about the Wii U, "it's underpowered" "graphics aren't as good as ps4 & XB1" so what? Who actually cares?? Nintendo is all about the games, brilliant games you will never ever see on any other platforms. Playstation and Xbox, what's the difference between the 2? They have almost identical hardware AND software and are much more expensive. Back to the Wii U. The Wii U is a brilliant little console and I'd probably go as far to say it's the best Nintendo has produced, it's innovative - the touchscreen gamepad is a welcome addition and adds something that other consoles don't have, has free online play, it looks very smart and has everything (media wise) you could want from a machine. The system boasts some of the highest rated games on the market and there's something for everyone, mario kart 8, windwaker hd, hyrule warriors, Bayonetta 2, Splatoon, Mario 3d world, donkey kong tropical freeze just to name a few (all of which are exclusive to just the Wii U) and you pick a lot of them up quite cheap too. Add in a catalogue of classic games from all past Nintendo consoles which you can download via the virtual console & you've got a cracking bit of kit in your room. Listen, I'm a big fan of this console (case you didn't know already :) Nintendo haven't done the best job in marketing this product but it shouldn't be overlooked. You get a heck of a lot for what your paying and I'm (almost) certain you won't be disappointed!
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