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Nintendo Wii U

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Nintendo Wii U
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Great Price 23 July 2013
Edition:Basic Pack|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been waiting patiently for the price to come down as I believed that it was previously too expensive. I didn't expect it to come down so much though and was over the moon that it came down in time for my boy's birthday. Unbeatable value and a very fast delivery.
The quality of the Wii U is better than I thought it would be - the touch screen on the controller is very impressive and the graphics are extremely good. Internet connection is slow even with super fast broadband but I didn't buy this for downloading games.....so....top tip....if it's a present for a child, make sure you download all the updates when your child isn't around, allowing yourself a couple of hours, so that on the day that your child gets it, they'll be straight into playing it.
I couldn't be happier with this console for my 6 year old....and for my 3 year old daughter.....and me ;-)
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39 of 43 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nifty console 29 Mar 2013
Edition:Basic Pack|Verified Purchase
Nifty console and love the small screen and the big screen, the Mario game is really good on it too. Glad I got it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected 20 Jun 2014
By Dan
Edition:Basic Pack
Although I wanted the more expensive black version, I found one of these and such a good price I decided to go for it.

Before switching it on I stuck a inexpensive 16gb USB stick in the back, the Wii U detected it with no problem and I formatted it. I've downloaded a few demo's and it did not have any problems or seem very slow to load up, so those who are worried about loosing the internal 32gb shouldn't worry too much.

The controller does have a bit of a cheep plastic feel, but nothing too bad. Its nice to hold and the fact I can control my TV from it is genius. All the menus are typical Nintendo and easy to navigate. The latest update with the quick load menu makes loading games really easy, but the menu can feel a little bit sluggish when navigating around.
The ability to play games or stream Netflix just to the controller can not be understated, it is fantastic and so useful in a busy house!

I have no regrets buying a Wii U, it's now got a great selection of games and getting better all the time. I really respect that Nintendo don't have any advertising or try to force DLC down your throat like the other consoles do.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Edition:Basic Pack
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
[Please Note: This is a very long review, meant to give you exhaustive information on the Wii U based on first hand experience and research. The first portion is editorial; the second portion covers technical aspects and features. Each section is broken up by CAPS to ensure for easier reading and ease of use; if you are looking for specific information, simply look for the CAPS headers]

The eight generation of video game consoles is upon us, with the Nintendo releasing the first console of that era, the Wii U. Nintendo has a lot riding on the Wii U. While the Wii has been the most commercially successful console of its generation, the perception has been that the Wii is firmly for causal gamers, and the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 is for the hardcore gamers. Also, given the bumbled launch of the 3DS (Nintendo's most botched debut of new hardware, with the sole exception of Gunpei Yokoi's 1995 Virtual Boy), Nintendo has to get the Wii U right. Here are some concerns that Nintendo wants to address with the Wii U.

THE WII IS ONLY FOR CASUAL GAMERS: One item that effectively fueled that (largely incorrect) perception is the packaging of "Wii Sports", which clearly demonstrated what the motion-controlled driven Wii was all about and what it was fully capable of accomplishing. Interestingly enough, the basic edition (covered in detail later in the review) does not include the Wii U's version of "Wii Sports", a game called "Nintendo Land". Most likely though hardcore gamers will want the Deluxe Edition due to the extra features included, including quadrupling storage space.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great games, especially in multiplayer
Great games, especially in multiplayer. Get the Nintendo classics and a few Wii remotes and you'll have a great time.
Published 1 day ago by Samuel N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended if you're running on a tight
Contains all you need for gaming ... Highly recommended if you're running on a tight bugdet
Published 21 days ago by fajones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great console
Fab purchase. Worth the money. Comes as the standard package, controller is HUGE!
Published 29 days ago by jemma williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. A. H. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition and works like a treat
Arrived on time! Perfect condition and works like a treat. The Gamepad is almost the same size as the system, but is lightweight and comfortable in the hands. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jay
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not work right out of the box
Published 3 months ago by Hari
5.0 out of 5 stars Wii U Review
I finally decided to buy a Wii U after sitting on the fence since it's release, with the latest launch of Mario Kart 8 I thought the special edition would make a perfect addition... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. W. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars woooo wii
An awesome Chirstmas purchase for my son who is still chuffed with it after all this time.
Published 4 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality.
Bargain price, works perfectly and arrived fast.
Published 4 months ago by ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars Me enjoy da Wii Wii
Me got item in big box. Me not like big box. Delivery man laugh at me cus I can't lift big box. I enjoying playing with the wii poo a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Brown
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Edition: Basic Pack