hardware Archive

First look at the Wii U’s operating system

The above screen, dubbed “Mii Wara Wara,” is the screen you see when you boot up to the Wii U. It is filed with your Mii, the Miis of other accounts on your Wii U, your friends’ Miis, and other Miis from your region enjoying the same games as you.

The Wii U controller comes in black!

A black Wii U controller was shown on Nintendo Direct today. Normally, I would say that Nintendo haven’t announced any such details yet, but we know that the Wii U is being shown in its final retail form this year, so I think it’s safe to say that this black controller is an actual retail […]

The Wii U GamePad doubles as a TV remote [updated]

It turns out that the Wii U GamePad has the ability to function as a beautiful, touchscreen remote control for your television set. There is a button on the front of the controller that enables this functionality. Update: Picture added!

The Wii U is a “powerful, powerful machine”.

While Nintendo have all developers locked down under NDA agreements until next Tuesday, Gearbox’s Brian Burleson has stated that “[the] Wii U is a powerful, powerful machine”. Rumours we’ve been hearing over the past year or so have placed the Wii U’s power everywhere from less powerful than the PlayStation 3 to six times mightier […]

The final Wii U dev kits are out

Nintendo have sent out the fifth and final version of the Wii U development kit to third-party developers, according to an insider at NeoGAF. We don’t really have any further details beyond this, but it does mean that the hardware is finally locked in and developers are now working with the complete power and feature […]

Further evidence that the Wii U supports two tablet controllers?

We still haven’t heard word from Nintendo on exactly how many tablet controllers the Wii U supports simultaneously, but a NeoGAF poster claiming to be in the know has stated that “documents [Nintendo of Europe]’s representatives and distributors got … last August” confirmed that the Wii U does indeed support two of them at once. […]

Wii U rumored to cost around $300

With the Wii U’s development cost being rumored at approximately $180 per unit, including controller components, an anonymous source indicates that it may come to retail at no less than $300, a higher mark on the price chart than Nintendo are known for. Nintendo’s new controller for the console is valued at roughly $50, making up […]

70 Wii U games in development and other E3 2012 rumours

Forget The Box, from whom we’ve heard that the Wii U might feature eReader-like capabilities and that Nintendo are working on at least three new franchises for the console, have another batch of Wii U rumours for us, this time regarding what we can expect to see of the console at E3 2012. According to their […]

Mark Rein praises the Wii U (very) highly, will be “shocked” if it doesn’t do well

Mark Rein of Epic Games, a company well known for the Unreal Engine and a seemingly low opinion of Nintendo’s consoles in the past, offered up some seriously high praise of the Wii U at GDC. Notably, this comes right on the heels of the rumour that Nintendo tweaked the Wii U’s specs to make […]

Super Mario 3D Land director shares his favourite Wii U feature

Koichi Hayashida, the director of Super Mario 3D Land, spoke about the development of the game at GDC 2012. But although most of the interview was about Mario’s stereoscopic outing, Hayashida was also more than happy to share what he looks forward to the most in the Wii U as a developer: I certainly think […]