Nintendo Co. this week released new specifications for the Wii U hardware at the at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
The hardware size is 1.8-inches tall by 6.8-inches wide and 10.5-inches long. It includes a multi-core CPU by IBM Corp. and will utilize flash storage with optional expansion through SD memory cards or an external hard drive.
The full high-definition hardware can relay 1080p resolution with HDMI or component cables. It will also support S-Video and composite cables.
Nintendo this week said it will release Wii U, the successor the Wii hardware, in 2012.
The Wii U controller includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.
The controller includes two analog circle pads, a d-pad, touch screen, microphone, speakers, gyrophone, face buttons and two sets of triggers.
Images to the controller screen wirelessly from the Wii u. Titles can be structured to use the controller and the screen at the same time. Examples include swiping a ninja star from the controller that fires to the TV screen.
Additionally features include Wii U controller web browsing and video call chat.
The hardware will be fully backwards compatible with the Wii. Up to four Wii Remote controllers be used at once.
New game titles include a new entry in the Smash Bros. franchise and LEGO City Stories. The company will demonstrate eight new interactive experiences at the E3 show floor.
Game concepts include New Super Mario Bros. Mii to insert a Mii avatar into the title, and titles that include a different perspective depending on whether the player uses the Wii U controller or Wii Remote.
Third-party titles include a new Tekken, Ghost Recon Online, Assassin’s Creed, Dirt, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro Last Night, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and Darksiders 2.
The Wii has sold 86 million units worldwide to date since launch in 2006.