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Nintendo Wii U
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985 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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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affectionately called 'Super Wii' 9 May 2013
Edition:Basic Pack|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only 8th gen console you should be playing on 25 Jan. 2015
By Z33D
Edition:Basic Pack
here's why this is the only 8th gen console worth having, without any fuss:

- actually can handle 1080p on all it's games
- only 8th gen console that is backwards compatible with previous 7th gen games (wii games)
- only 8th gen console backwards compatible with all previous 7th gen accessories (wii remote plus, sensor bar, nunchuck, pro controller, etc)
- all games are pure gold / extremely high quality with a seal of quality approval from nintendo. disappointments are uncommon.
- cheapest 8th gen console
- only needs an SD card or USB flash drive / external USB drive to expand storage. (i.e. you don't need to buy the 32gb one, just expand this 8GB one yourself)
- only 8th gen console that is unique (the gamepad is fantastic, TV or handheld, it works flawlessly)

why should you ignore the PS4 and xbox one in a nutshell without any fuss?:

- very limited exclusive games, leaving little reason to play on these consoles.
- majority of 3rd party games release on the PC, and are cheaper on the PC.
- no backwards compatibility with their respective 7th gen games, or accessories.
- cannot handle 1080p out of the box
- cannot handle 60 fps out of the box
- games are overpriced, accessories often cost more than the actual games

best gaming solution?:

- have a gaming PC for the majority of PC and 3rd party games you are interested in
- have a wii U for the console living room experience that actually provides a unique experience (playing on an xbox one or PS4 is like playing on a low powered budget PC, you might as well go for the real thing and get a gaming PC)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Edition:Basic Pack|Verified Purchase
Fantastic console only problem I have with it that its so diffcult to get used to the gampad but the memorys of the nintendos music is amazing and have had highs and lows on this console. The wii still had more value than this though. I personally think this came out too early because the sales of this was less when the Wii came out. But great piece of kit none the less. Now it just hides away in my wardrobe XD. Resons being too many headaches and sleepless nights how the video game addiction burns. Thanks Nintendo for the years of good and bad since the gamecube its been a long fantasy road
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to the Nintendo Wii 7 April 2013
By Andy
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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