Wii-U in the Box and Under the Hood
|Wii-U Basic $299; Deluxe $349 (Available 11-18-2012)
With the original Wii, Nintendo opted out of competing with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in terms of hardware prowess. While the PS3 and 360 beat each other over the head with new and expensive technology, Nintendo simply kept their Gamecube architecture and began relying on their unique new control scheme to move consoles.
It’s important to note here that with the Wii-U, Nintendo finally makes its first foray into the world of HD gaming. That means full 1080p video and 6 channel audio support over HDMI. Nintendo is even throwing an HDMI cable in the box for free, an absolute rarity in any form of HD technology. If you don’t have a TV with HDMI, don’t worry – Wii-U still has the same AV multi out port found on the Wii.
Unfortunately, for fans of cutting-edge graphics, the Wii-U will not be what is considered “next generation” when it launches. It will be, without question, the most powerful console on the market, but not by a tremendous amount. So while Wii-U games can potentially outshine the other consoles, it will not set a new graphical standard that gamers may have been hoping for.
The Wii-U will be available in both an 8GB standard and 32GB deluxe model, which is paltry when you consider how large downloadable content can be. Luckily, Nintendo is very flexible when it comes to expanding storage space, and they boast that you can plug in any size external hard drive into one of the Wii-U’s four USB ports and download as much as you’d like. If you don’t want a hard drive cluttering up your entertainment center, the Wii-U also has an SD card slot with SDHC support for a more discrete storage upgrade.
With all that said, if you’re interested at all in the Wii-U, this may all sound well and good, but what you really want to know is what new and innovative way of playing Nintendo has brought to the table. Read on, you will not be disappointed.