Nintendo Wii U 8GB Basic Pack - White
- 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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- Platform: Nintendo Wii U
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Edition: Basic Pack
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.
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."
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
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (working title)
- And Nintendo Mii-based software yet to be confirmed
- 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.
Touchscreen input options.
Supports a variety of controllers.
Accelerometer & gyroscope.
Play with or without a TV.
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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".Read more ›
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I bought a used one off Ebay for £116 including a tv sensor bar as well as the controller. I wanted to play the Zelda games again after playing them on my sister's old gamecube... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ms. Il Crawford
The wii u could have been as good as the wii - however the wii u is neglected compared to the 3DS. No harvest moon, no animal crossing, no tamadachi life, no art atelier pokemon,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evey
My boys (aged 8 & nearly 10) love this! Parents, however, might want to know that this is dispatched from Switzerland so it arrives with a European plug and adapter, which isn't a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dolly
My nephew loves it, quite frankly so do i , crisp clean gaming. He has cerebral palsy and can only use one hand, if i any complaint and this is not aimed at WIIU. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward