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FOLLOW UP: Nintendo Discloses Wii U Launch Dates and Prices for Europe and the U.S.

Nintendo on Thursday revealed the first launch details regarding the Wii U video game console. The device is set to become available in Japan on December 8, 2012, in two versions: Premium black as well as Basic white. Additionally, the company unleashed the final specifications for the Wii U and the first videos from actual games designed for Nintendo Wii U.

Nintendo Wii U is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor equipped with 1GB of system memory as well as a modern custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit with high-definition graphics and video support that is equipped with 1GB of graphics memory. The consoles come with 32GB or 8GB of NAND flash storage and an optical drive to read custom discs.

Game-play videos from the first titles for Nintendo Wii U proof that the new graphics processors support high-quality graphics features like complex geometry, HDR rendering, adaptive antialiasing (yet, pretty simplistic), depth-of-field, high-resolution textures, complex reflections and refractions as well as complex physics processing using GPGPU technologies. Going forward the quality of graphics in video games will likely increase as game designers learn how to use the new GPU.

The main feature of the game console is its unique Wii U GamePad controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.

Nintendo Wii U will be initially available in two bundles:

  • The Premium black bundle will include Wii U console with 32GB of NAND flash storage, Wii U GamePad with Stylus, one charging stand and one play stand for Wii U GamePad, vertical stand for the console itself, one HDMI cable, one AC adapter for Wii U and one Wii U GamePad AC adapter. The recommended price for Japan with taxes included is ¥31500 ($405, €314).
  • The Basic white bundle will include Wii U console with 8GB of NAND flash storage, Wii U GamePad with Stylus, one HDMI cable, one AC adapter for Wii U and one Wii U GamePad AC adapter. The recommended price for Japan with taxes included is ¥26250 ($338, €262).


The first games that Nintendo will release along with the Wii U will be New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land.

Tags: Nintendo, Wii, Wii U, IBM, Power, AMD, Radeon, ATI


Comments currently: 7
Discussion started: 09/13/12 05:44:37 AM
Latest comment: 09/14/12 05:33:05 AM
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This is a lot of money for AMD & it cheap and it performs very well . I heard that the PS4 and The Xbox 720 will have Radeon graphics , i just hope that they will do something about the dam Faildozer .
0 1 [Posted by: ojohn  | Date: 09/13/12 05:44:37 AM]
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Unfortunately for AMD, their graphics division doesn't make a lot of $ for the firm and the sales to consoles barely makes them $. I think this is more of a strategic/marketing initiative. If consoles include AMD GPUs, some of the console ported games may run faster on GCN architecture (or this may not even matter).

Also, it's "cheap" way to advertise AMD Graphics but only if AMD puts the logo on the console (which I doubt they would do because they continue to fail at marketing!).

Most of the $ now is in servers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and professional GPU markets. AMD is struggling in all of these areas. Not many consumers are buying desktops nowadays.

Look at the hype every time Samsung or Apple launch a new smartphone.

The best for us PC gamers is that finally next generation of consoles are coming to the market. That will benefit next generation game and new IP development for sure!

Looking forward to DX11 console ports (a lot better than having Crysis 2 DX9 with half-assed DX11 patch).
1 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/13/12 02:05:31 PM]
Huh... Pretty graphics killed the game industry! My personal opinion is that since games have gone 3D, the quality of gameplay and gameplay innovation are steadily decreasing.
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 09/13/12 02:48:22 PM]

No shit graphics anymore???

Edit: Ehm, 1Gb of system memory... that's a fail!
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 09/13/12 02:45:49 PM]
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Better than both PS3 and 360. Wii U isn't intended to compete at $400-500 price level of PS4/720.

1GB of VRAM is 4x more than RSX in PS4 and 2x more than 360's R500 GPU.

This console at $299 is great value compared to outdated PS3/360.

Plus Nintendo will let you pair any HDD you want without forcing you to pay $60+ that MS charges for a slow 250GB mechanical drive.

If you want the best graphics, you aren't buying any console period. You are buying a high-end desktop gaming PC
2 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/13/12 03:42:03 PM]
Sorry I didn't read the article properly!
Then it is OK.

Actually historically consoles had better graphics for longer than high-end PCs.
I do own neither a console nor a high-end PC... It's just that Wii was a joke from the very beginning.
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 09/14/12 05:33:05 AM]
Wii U has 1 gig for games and 1 gig for system memory.
0 0 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 09/13/12 04:44:11 PM]


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