Wii U: Nintendo opens up console and shows you its insides

Thursday, 11th October 2012 11:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U has been stripped naked by Nintendo in a series of photos that reveal the inner workings of the console. Nothing is left to the imagination, including CPU/GPU, heat sink and other parts we have no idea about. Get the pics below.

The images below appeared as part of an ‘Iwata Asks’ panel hosted by Nintendo. In the session, Iwata asks Nintendo’s technicians about the console’s innards, as well as why it has opted for a combined CPU/GPU this time.

We’ve written up a run down of everything you need to know about Wii U, including specs and launch titles here. Check it out.

Thanks ONM.



  1. Keivz

    Sorry, but this is hardly enough. We want real tech specs–specifically CPU speed/number of cores, & the type of GPU.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Showmeyomoves!

    Only THEN can we decide if the games are any fun!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    i can tell you this.. it is less powerful than today’s ps3/x360…. that is all you need to know.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KrazyKraut

    Its always the same here: shitstorm on specs, engines and graphics. Remember times when ppl gave a fuck about graphics and just played the good stuff.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I didnt realize it before, but for the looks of this pics, i think the gamepad is bigger or almost the same size as the console itself, iam not saying as a bad thing, it would be a rather cool thing actually.

    Having said that, i wonder what are the benefits for having the CPU/GPU combine not separeted, i wonder if it is for keeping the performance of the graphics alongside the interface with the gamepad.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    @2 and 4


    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    For reference it’s like a Wii but longer (deeper).

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FabioPal

    @5 Well, the data flow between cpu and gpu (that is often HUGE in a videogame) is more efficient keeping both on the same “chip”.

    @3 Define “powerful” please. Tech specs have changed during the year, you don’t measure the power of something with just megahertz and bytes.

    P.S. I’m more a Nintendo “hater” than a “fan”, but technology is technology ;)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough


    I agree with your sentiment, but I think you’re missing a trick. People care because they want to know if it’s better than what they’ve already got. If it is, they might buy it, if it isn’t then what would be the point? It has nothing to do with measuring one’s penis in gigahertz, it’s to do with informed consumer choice. Nintendo appears to still be doing its level best to hide the nitty gritty truth about its console and so some people here are – justifiably – sceptical and irritated. If you are a PC gamer, you wouldn’t replace your graphics card with something which delivers the same power, and no amount of ‘but the games are fun’ can change that. Console gamers aren’t all that different.

    That’s really all there is to it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    In fact Wii to Wii-U size comparison here …

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    Thanks Doc, it seems the gamepad is just as big as the console itself.
    Thanks FabioPal, now i know it might be more efficient because of this

    #11 2 years ago
  12. FabioPal

    @11 wise choice of words: it “might” ;)

    The problem is that, sharing the same chip, if they made a “mistake” in implementing the way cpu and gpu access the memory it could be a huge bottle neck.

    But I don’t think they did such a huge (and old) mistake :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. KrazyKraut

    @9 ofc, I didn’t say that I would not be interested in the infos, but it was about the “oh its weaker than PS3 and 360…what a shitty console I will not buy it”-folks. Thats my problem. It was related to the comments like this here.

    Started with the Wii after I had my PC and PS3 and its the same fun (sometimes more) as on the faster/stronger consoles. Even the Web Browser works better on the Wii…so specs has nothing to say when you cant get the hardware to its peak performance or code in the right way. Tried a VGA adapter on Dreamcast with Alone in the Dark 4….the pre-rendered backgrounds look like next-gen.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mistermogul

    @2 +1

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Malmer

    @4: Has there ever been such a time?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Showmeyomoves!

    @10 [insert joke about comparing Wii sizes here]

    #16 2 years ago

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