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74
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Nintendo Wii U review

Nintendo's Wii U is full of promise, but it may have launched prematurely. Longtime gamers will want to snap one up immediately, but mainstream users should wait a few months before diving in.

Pros
  • Innovative, comfortable controller
  • Backward-compatible with last-gen Wii
  • Off-screen play fundamentally changes console gaming
Cons
  • Incredibly short battery life on GamePad
  • Slow, antiquated UI
  • Confusing social functionality
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Model
Basic

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
yes
Controller type
Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite, S-Video

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (25 GB)
Backward compatible
yes (1 generations)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wireless (Rechargeable)
Controllers (max)
1
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in
Other peripherals
Remote, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite, S-Video (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo (PCM) (6.1)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive, Memory card)

Hardware

System RAM
2048 MB
USB
2.0 (4 ports)
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Premium

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
yes
Controller type
Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite, S-Video

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (25 GB)
Backward compatible
yes (1 generations)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wireless (Rechargeable)
Controllers (max)
1
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in
Other peripherals
Remote, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, HDMI, RCA / composite, S-Video (v1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo (PCM) (6.1)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive, Memory card)

Hardware

USB
2.0
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
External