More rumored Wii U specs surface, hardware similar to Xbox 360

Friday, 2nd December 2011 21:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An “unnamed Japanese developer” has told Wii U daily that Nintendo’s next console will contain a quad-core 3GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU, 768MB of DRAM “embedded” with the CPU and shared between it and the GPU which is 40nm and ATI-based. Try saying all of that three times really fast while holding your tongue. The site’s source claims to be working on porting a PS3 game to Wii U, and that Nintendo is currently testing another version of the console with 1GB of DRAM embedded with the processor. As usual, just file this away for later use until Nintendo officially announces specs. Thanks, D’toid.



  1. osric90

    Oh, Nintendo, what are you doing?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maxey

    That’s actually sort of genius. By making it as easy to program for it as it is for the 360 and actually a bit more powerful than it, they’re assuring that a lot of developers will also release blockbuster multiplat titles for it while also making sure that Wii U exclusives will have a (temporary) edge against the competition.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Hmm.. Cool. It’s 15% more powerfull than Xbox 360. Yaay.


    #3 3 years ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    What is new about this though? Didn’t Nintendo(Miyamoto,Reggie) already confirm that the hardware would be on par with the current consoles? I find it one big mistake, but who am i?

    Even when the new Xbox and PS came out, with much better graphics…it doesn’t really have to mean the end for Wii U. As long as Wii U gets some great exclusives from third parties. And next to that the Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kongs and such….but i wonder if that will happen. I also wonder if they will come with a normal controller instead of just that Ipad controller.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Sini

    those are some soon to be last gen specs

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    Assuming this console will be released this year they will still have a year or 2 to stay current with the consoles and not everyone will be rushing to get the new gen consoles presuming they will be the same price as last gen.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. reask

    @ moonwalker
    Fair point there although I have to wonder myself will that garner the masses?

    I mean are the zeldas and what nots going to make PS360 owners buy in to this malakey.

    The wii had a lot of shortcomings for the hardcore and I have to wonder how many will buy in to the u hype?

    If it was fully backward with a good line up I would be certainly willing to give it a try but anything less and I will refuse to touch it after the wii hype.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982


    It would be a damn shame if the Wii U eventually is only interesting for Zelda and Mario. I am hoping that they will bring some exclusives to it, you know…exclusives from Ubisoft perhaps, or Capcom,or Konami and so on. it remains to be seen what will happen. Alot of rumours are going around about the new Xbox as well, but nothing confirmed yet, nothing. Anything can happen…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Maxey

    Nintendo makes a shitload of money, I don’t understand why don’t they just kickstart the next gen war by launching a console that completely curbstomps the current competition.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. LOLshock94

    @9 ikr
    im kinda dissapointed if the graphics are just like the xbox :(

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Maxey

    They’ll be a bit better if those specs are real but not enough to truly call it next gen. People will still buy it in droves for the great exclusives but the multiplats won’t get much benefit from it apart from expanded exposure and sales.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. JimFear-666

    im already tired hearing shit about this stuff…

    #12 3 years ago
  13. m2stech

    This should’ve released in 2006!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. IrrationalGamer

    If Nintendo is only going to get current-gen support from 3rd parties, what about the future?

    Why will consumers want to buy the Wii U for current-gen 3rd party games when they likely already have a 360 or PS3? Nintendo is going to have to prove that their 1st party titles are worth shelling $300 or so for, while considering that the PS4 and Xbox 3 are around the bend.

    I know Nintendo is saying that they’re gearing up to have good launch titles for Wii U, but this whole lack of power could be extremely detrimental to the whole operation. Just look at what happened with Wii.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. jacobvandy

    Some of you may not realize this, but the console manufacturers are all about broad market penetration now, not pushing technology with “next-gen” hardware. Microsoft is going to keep churning out Xbox 360s as long as they keep selling them, just like Nintendo did with the Wii. As far as they’re concerned, the technology is finally maturing and becoming profitable, now that they have an installed userbase of however many millions. They don’t want to release a new console, that will lose them money, and make people upgrade. They’ll probably just integrate a Kinect or whatever else into the console with the same hardware as the 360 and release that as a “new” console.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    …Not really, the Wii is about as easy to develop for as the GameCube, it didnt mean devs instantly jumped on it. Fact is by the time the Wii U is out, Sony & MS’ next consoles will be about a year away and they will be more powerful. So devs will make games that run on them and just like the Wii, Wii U will be left in the dust.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. wishdokta

    As soon there is a high rated Mario Galaxy U the bitchin will mute.
    Further, take rumoured spec data as rumour. Good ol days, where PSX specs didn’t really care. It was all about fun then.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. 2plus2equals5

    If true there will be a lot of lols…

    @8: let’s face the truth, nintendo consoles already ARE bought only for nintendo games and some third party games, nothing more, nothing less, the other games are only fillers between a nintendo game and the other.
    It’s so sad.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dannybuoy

    To be fair I don’t really know what these specs equate to in real world terms. I remember the days when Edge magazine would publish polygon counts along with the specs. I miss those days. :-)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. IrrationalGamer

    @#17 For the most part, I don’t care about specs, but if the Wii U is only around the same power as the current gen, when the next one rolls around (PS4 etc.), Wii U won’t be getting third-parties ports anymore.

    I usually like to have “fun” with my consoles that have games being released for them. Heck, NOA almost didn’t even release Xenoblade Chronicles at all, a game that has a 92 on metacritic, on the Wii, their most popular system to date.

    And you’re telling me that we can rely on NOA to support their systems and not disappoint the people who bought their systems to play games?

    This Nintendo fan is going to need a boost in confidence, because NOA has been making some really awful choices.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    Releasing two blockbuster consoles in the time it takes everybody else to finish off a single one isn’t the dumbest thing you can do, but ultimately it’s also double the risk.

    #21 3 years ago

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