Wii U details emerge – 25GB media, single controller support, no classic controls, more

Wednesday, 8th June 2011 11:33 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Nintendo finally revealed its new console during the E3 press conference last night, however details are still pouring in about Wii U, which features an innovative new controller among other things.

We’ve rounded up some new information which has emerged about the console below.

Nintendo’s Katsuya Eguchi gave Kotaku some concrete details about the system. He said that the console’s disc format will be capable of storing up to 25 GB of data.

He also confirmed that the device will support external USB drives, but declined to comment regarding the console’s internal memory capacity.

In a separate Kotaku piece, Eguchi revealed that Nintendo’s considering its options of making games for the Wii U which will support two controllers.

 Although he refused to comment about their plans to price the controller, he did admit that they’re aware that it can be an obstacle if they price it too high.

“I do understand that if the price is too high that would be an obstacle”, he sympathised.

In another report, Nintendo confirmed something Smash Bros fans certainly won’t be pleased to hear about: the Wii U will not support GameCube controllers.

A Nintendo representative divulged further intel to CVG, confirming that the controller and the console will be sold as one unit, and you won’t get a option to the buy the controller as a standalone product.

Additionally, he mentioned that multiplayer titles being developed for the Wii U are only being designed to accommodate one Wii U controller, while other players will have to use the Wiimote.

Engadget has some info in the Wii U’s CPU, which they”ve got from sources within IBM. Apparently, the Wii U CPU “packs the same processor technology found in Watson” – the company’s very own supercomputer.

The comparison is rather far-fetched as according to IBM Watson has a total of 2880 processor cores backed by 16 terabytes of RAM. The processor achitecture’s based on POWER7, which occupies a lot of silicon in its current form and clearly isn’t suitable for a home games console.

Engadget’s sources also hint at a 45nm fabrication process (the same that the PS3′s used for over a year now) along with a “lot of DRAM”.

Digital Foundry’s carrying a detailed analysis regarding these rumoured specs, and you can read it over here.

Don’t forget to check out Keza’s handz-on with the console, either.



  1. Bluebird

    “Keza’s handz-on with the console, ”

    I do hope that Z was not intentional. ;)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. m2stech

    I guess the letter “U” in Wii U makes sense now, it means U are the only one with U controller others playing with you have to stick with Wii motes!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Can some journo please ask Ninty about GC BC. I have that horrible feeling they’re gonna wrench it away from me and try to sell me my games again…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Jackie

    “Nintendo confirmed something Smash Bros fans certainly won’t be pleased to hear about: the Wii U will not support GameCube controllers.”

    so they are forcing us to play smash bros. with waggle shit?

    no thanks, guess i will pass

    #4 4 years ago
  5. kingofscotland

    The Wii was all about family play and getting everyone involved – this Wii U is marketing itself as a playing on your own console.

    Only works with 1 U controller and everyone else has to use wiimotes???

    Its nonsense – who will want to play with a wiimote – and they have already said that the U controller will have advantage by being able to see all your opponents locations on your controller screen – sounds like there will be a fight over the controller!!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crab of Thunder

    @4 ikr I only ever played smash bros with the GC controller, can’t manage it with anything else. Then again this doesn’t really bother me as i don’t plan on getting a WiiU.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. danhese

    That is practically a bluray disk. They will have a bluray player and wont enable it like they did with the Wii’s dvd. The wii uses dvd but with some proprietary lock on it to prevent pirating but a homebrew let you play dvd and nintendo wont release a proper update to enable dvd playback. I fear same will go for the 25gb media disk (bluray).

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ruckus

    No GC ports but does support any controller that plugs into the wiimote.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    #5 Well if you look at this it seems the right thing, when you play alone the controller of the WII U is good for that it is for the “core gamer”, if you want to play with your familiy to goof out the wii motes are great is for the “casual gamers”, i think it has cover the two spectrums quite nicely, if you want to play with another “serious gamer” maybe he will bring their controller with his data on it, so again it seems that it covers pretty much everything IMHO.
    P.S the only bad thing is that doenst include gamecube controllers, my favorite controller of all time T_T

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Yep, lack of GC is not a good thing. However maybe they want us to use the classic controler design that is currently out on the Wii?

    I use the older one, but the newer one looks like a PS style controler. Maybe someone will make a XB style one.

    Not too worried about this. It doesn’t mean waggle in smash bros. I think it just means the classic controler for player 2, 3, and 4.

    How many same console four player games do we have on PS360? Not all that many. I doubt Nintendo will lose site of same room co-op/competive play.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. RyougaZell

    Heh. This seals the deal for me. No buy.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Fin

    Bet Watson plays a mean game of Half-Life 2, given its 16tb of ram.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. TVs Everywhere

    Wow. Just wow. That thing sounds worse and worse with each new bit of news that comes out. You can’t use more than 1 tablet? Then what the hell is the point of this? I thought this was to make more games where each player has their own viewpoint and personal screen, like Four Swords or Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube? How in the hell is limiting the goddamn SELLING POINT of the whole console to only 1 player a good idea? If they’re concerned about not having enough horsepower to render the TV output plus the 4 controllers, then just DOWNREZ THE CONTROLLERS. It makes no sense to say “look at this awesome new thing. Only 1 player can use it”.

    Ugh. Big ugh. No buy for me, ever.

    #13 4 years ago

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