Nintendo has released some more detailed information about the Wii U to the press via their E3 media site. Here’s all that’s been revealed:
- The controller features a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touchscreen and traditional button control – including two Circle Pads. It is rechargeable and includes all the buttons found on similar controllers – including L/R triggers and buttons. In addition, the controller has rumble functionality, accelerometer, gyroscope, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip, and a stylus.
- Additional controllers will NOT be sold separately. More than one player can play with a single controller, and Wii Remotes can be connected for additional players.
- Up to four Wii Remotes can be connected at once. All Wii input devices are compatible with Wii U, including Remotes and Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro, and Wii Balance Board. The Gamecube controller is not compatible.
- Wii U will utilize proprietary optical media that are the same physical size as Wii discs. The console will be backwards compatible with Wii games, but not Gamecube games.
- The system supports up to 1080p through HDMI, component, S-video, or composite, as well as up to six-channel audio PCM output through HDMI.
- No hard drive will be included with the console. It will ship with internal flash memory, along with the capability for expansion using SD cards or external USB hard drives.
- Wii U is powered by an IBM Power-based dual-core microprocessor and an ATI Radeon-based high definition GPU. Four USB slots are included.
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