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Getting to Know Wii U

Let's get to know the hardware behind Nintendo's Wii U. It was released on November 18, 2012. It is backwards compatible with Wii discs but not compatible with Gamecube discs. The console weighs 3.5 pounds. In terms of dimensions, it is 1.8 inches tall, 6.7 inches long and 10.6 inches deep.

There are four USB ports to connect controllers and other devices. Two of them are located on the back of the console and two are on the front just behind the cover. There is also support for Wii LAN adapters.

Games for the console are best played on televisions with HDMI capabilities. The console supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p as well as 480i and 480p. The output connection is classified as a HDMI 1.4.

Games are primarily controlled with a Gamepad that can connect to the console without wires. The Gamepad controller is larger than most console controllers so it takes a little bit of time to get used to. Up to two Gamepads can operate a game at the same time. The touch screen is 6.2-inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It supplements the game play or it can show the actual game on the screen itself. Beyond the touch screen, the Gamepad has the standard buttons and joysticks found on typical controllers.

There are several other ways to control the games. Wii Remote controllers are available for sale. Up to eight of the Remotes can participate in a single game at one time. A Wii Pro Controller has also been released by Nintendo and is recommended for more hardcore gamers. Nunchuks and a Balance Board are also available to control specific games.

The processor is 1.2GHz that stems from the Gekko processor found in Nintendo's Gamecube. The console has a 45nm chip with embedded DRAM. The Watson supercomputer runs on a similar chip. The hard drive has an expandable memory through an external USB hard drive as well as SDHC memory cards. In terms of RAM, Wii U has 2 gigabytes. One of them is devoted to the functions of the console while the other is assigned to actual games. The RAM is provided by Samsung.

We've come a long ways since the XBAND for Super Nintendo. You can play your Wii U games online through your home's Wi-Fi or wired network. The console can be connected to the internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) 5.2GHz connection.

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