Wii U blowout: Hardware pics, Activision’s Hirshberg, domains registered, more

Wednesday, 15th June 2011 11:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Everything’s kicked off in regards to Wii U in the past 24 hours. Pictures of the system have released, Activision’s Eric Hirshberg is talking about support for the console, domains for stuff like Wii U Sports have been registered and tech rumours about its chip. It’s all go.

Japanese website Inside Games managed to take picture of the system at E3. Alright, Nintendo released official shots of the hardware after its E3 presser despite it being a no show during the conference – only deciding to talk and show the tablet controller – but it was never on display during hands-on with it at the show.

But there you go.

Hirshberg skips out on Call of Duty Wii U

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has refused to comment if Call of Duty will come to Wii U in some form after its launch next year.

“Anytime one of the first parties gives us new technology to play with and new toys in the toy box it’s great for our developers. Now, choosing which ones we’re going to use and choosing which ones we’re going to get on board with, it all has to do with what we think is going to make the best game,” he merely noted instead to IndustryGamers.

“Trying to make a Call of Duty experience on the Wii, you’ve got to make real sacrifices in the game just based on processing power and some of the other limitations of that console. This one seems like it’s going to be a lot friendlier to the kind of games that we generally make,” he added.

So you can chalk CoD for Wii U as likely, then.

Wii U Sports, Wii U Music, more domains registered

Just in case any of you lot had the thought of doing so, Nintendo’s registered Wii U Sports, Wii U Music, Wii U Party, Wii U Play and more domains. There’s a full list here.

Details on Wii U graphics chip rumoured

Game Watch (via Kotaku) is rumouring that the graphics chip for Wii U will be similar to the R770 that is found from cards dating back to 2009.

It’ll also have DX10.1 support and can beam up to at least four standard definition streams of content running from the console.

Wii U will launch next year.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    If the graphics stuff is true, does that mean that Wii U can beam out to four separate Wii U controllers at the same time? Are they standard definition or using the equivalent of a big standard definition telly in bandwidth?


    Not that it matters, I won’t forgive them for killing my beloved GC games.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Of course CoD will be coming to the Wii U. Who’s he trying to kid? :-D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Lewis247

    Activision probably see this as an actually chance to make more money from cod now they can finally really open up to the wii market.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. M. K.

    Any ideas how this whole “I’ll stream ma games on the wii u tablet” thing should work? I have no great technical knowledge, but I’m sure there’s no hardware on the market that can do something like this right?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    There’s all kinds of things that do something similar – PS3/PSP’s remote play feature is somewhat similar for a start, although not as functionally advanced. It’s only sending the screen image to a remote device, it’s not particularly new or clever.

    It’s like how OnLive and Gaikai work, except the ‘server’ is your Wii console in your living room rather than a remote server at someone else’s site.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Freek

    It’s more then that though, combined with the motion tech inside the controller it turns the screen into a dynamic viewing screen.
    One tech demo for example turned the screen into a sniper scope or you could pan the screen around turning it into a view port through wich you could see the game world beyond the TV screen.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. mojo

    which also is not particularly new or clever..

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Freek

    Wich is Nintendo’s strength. They impliment exiting technology in interesting ways that eneable unexpected games.

    Doing it first doesn’t matter, doing it in interesting and cost effective ways is what brings you fun gameplay and financial succes.

    All those companies chiming with “well, we could that” when the Wii U was anounced were entirely irrelevant. You aren’t doing it, Nintendo is and like the Wii and DS before it, it would be silly to write Wii U off because you think it doesn’t look cutting edge enough.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    Graphic card dating back to 2009? Jesus christ…come on now. I hope Nintendo realizes MS and Sony aren’t sitting still. And if the news about MS’ new console is true…i think we’ll have another Wii on our hands.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dannybuoy

    Personally I’m looking forward to ‘Wii on U Sports’

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Lounds

    Is the R800 chip = ati4850/70 ??

    R770 is lower than this, then my current PC is more powerful and I built it in 2008 lol

    #11 4 years ago
  12. frostquake

    The WiiU Controllers will be in STANDARD Definition, Not High Definiton.

    Also the Lack of a HDD is Unforgivable!

    Oh and It will Blu-Ray “LIKE” is what I am hearing around with 25GB Optical like a Single Layered Blu-Ray.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. mojo

    “Personally I’m looking forward to ‘Wii on U Sports’”

    competitive gangrape simulation?!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Lounds

    ^^^ lol

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Freek +100

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    I think Smart TV remotes should be designed like the Wii U when they finally start offering real games. Whether or not these games will be from an existing OS like Android or Windows is irrelevant. Although updating Google TV to support both Android & Chrome OS wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. LOLshock94

    @3 cod is the biggest game on the wii

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    @17, All the Mario games sold on the Wii alone is more than CoD has sold on both the PS3 & 360 combined.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Dimaco

    @1,@12 I reckon “there will be only one” of those “special” controllers, other players will just have to go with wiimotes… this has been stated by Ninty at their conference, so no speculations to be done.
    … unless they take it all back, of course…

    #19 4 years ago

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