Nintendo Wii U

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I love my Nintendo Wii. I’m basically unbeatable at Wii Tennis and can hold my own in Wii Bowling (though my six-year-old nephew beats me pretty handily). My family’s Wii Fit has been well-loved, and I’ve saved the world more than a few times in Call of Duty. Nintendo's simple, low-res, get-up-and-play console has been a huge hit, outselling both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and taking over my family like I never expected. Now Nintendo's back with the Wii U, hoping to bolster its...

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Basic Specs

Codename Cafe
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
External memory USB mass storage, SD, SDHC
Game media Disc
Backwards compatibility Wii

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Tech Specs

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Codename Cafe

Hardware

Width 6.8 inches
Depth 10.5 inches
Height 1.8 inches
Color Black, White
Exterior surface Glossy

Performance

CPU brand IBM
CPU speed 3 GHz
GPU brand AMD
GPU model Radeon
GPU ram 32 MB
RAM 2 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 2.4GHz

Audio / Video

Supported resolutions 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i

Ports

Audio / Video output HDMI, Component, Composite, S-Video
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
USB 4

Storage

Internal storage 32 GB, 8 GB
User upgradeable Yes
External memory USB mass storage, SD, SDHC

Software

Game media Disc
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes
Backwards compatibility Wii

Power

Power supply External

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  • Performance 6
  • Heat / noise 8

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by TheS2Guy (Currently owns)

    I personally have always been a Nintendo fan and the Wii U did not disappoint. I picked it up pretty early on and have been really enjoying. While, yes, it is slightly less powerful than the PS4 & XBox One when being used properly the Wii U can create some truly spectacular worlds. The GamePad has yet to really spring into action, but the few games that do use it, such as NintendoLand show all that it will be able to do in the future. The current game line up is phenomenal with one of the best 1st party line ups ever. And many great games are on the horizon, such as Project CARS & the next Smash Bros. For more details on my thoughts on my Wii U please check out m two videos on it on my YouTube channel, TheS2Guy.
    Why The Wii U Should Be YourNext Gen. Console - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWeKhXfECd4
    Ultimate System(review of the PS1,NES,GameCube & Wii U) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw_YFY9JY9w

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    Reviewed by jlouis2 (Currently owns)

    Not too bad, however, the lack of available titles leaves one wanting. Clearly, Nintendo is no longer on top of the food chain. Bottom line is that the Wii U is for kids and not true gamers. I am nowhere near a true gamer, however, the Wii U is the last choice for me as far as consoles go!

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    Reviewed by chrismo2001 (Currently owns)

    System: I got the Deluxe Wii U. It looked nice out of the box. The System loves finger prints. When you touch it. It’s almost permanent and wiping it off will only leave scratches on the unit.

    OS: Power it on, got the Day-1 update. It took nearly 1hr and 45min to download. Once installed my system locked up on me. Luckily, it didn’t brick on me. It then took another 30 minutes to set up. By the time I was ready to play a game; let alone see the menu it was around 2:30am

    Controller: The screen was larger than what I thought. The colors are not all their, the resolution is ok and the screen is a resistive touch display. So no multi-touch. The screen can also be very inaccurate with touch inputs at time because of this. The distance of the controller I measured to be around 25 feet before it lost connection. I wanted to play Mario in my bedroom, however the system was too far from the controller. I really wish the controller supported a longer distance or used my Wi-Fi to stream the info. I do see the reason on why they have it communication directly from the console as it create virtually zero lag.

    Games: I played Mario U and Nintendo Land. (New Super Mario bro’s U) is a lot of fun. It’s the same type of game that your use to in the DS and Wii version. The graphics are great. Not going to lie; It’s a little strange seeing Mario in HD. I also played Nintendo land. This game is more or less a demo for the Wii U and what it can do. You play games that go from using both screens to using one or the other. Not going to lie, this got confusing at times. There are certain points of the game that it will tell you to look down at the controller and vice versa.

    Graphics: The graphics are good. Better that PS3 in my opinion, but not next-gen by any means.

    Sound: it will support up to 5.1, no 7.1 support.

    Performance: It takes around 10 seconds to load an app. It can be anything; Miiverse, eMarket, hell even settings take forever. It really is a poor experience going from app to app because it takes so long to load.

    Disc: It uses 25 GB Blu-Ray disc.

    Overall: The Wii U should have come out 6 years ago. This system for being new is very dated. Resistive touch-screen, HD graphics, 5.1 sound and 10 second app load time; it’s truly behind the times. Not sure why Nintendo has chosen this path, possibly to save money because the system doesn’t cost much. The only way I can see this system being great is its first party lineup and to get strong 3rd party support. Other than that, this may very well be their Dreamcast.

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