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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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Engadget 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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Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

90
Daimhin
Being the gadget geek who wants the latest and greatest I started looking for...read more
100
Erichof
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
skywalker69
Amazing device. The controller is stunning. Try it on Zombi and it will be worth...read more
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Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
81
Controller type
Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Svideo
Backward compatible
Yes
Model
Basic

General

Game format
Optical, 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, Gyroscope, Optical)
Rumble support
Built-in
Other peripherals
Remote, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Svideo (V1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca (PCM) (6.1)

Networking / online service

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

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

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

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Premium

General

Game format
Optical, 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, Gyroscope, Optical)
Rumble support
Built-in
Other peripherals
Remote, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Hdmi, Composite, Svideo (V1.4)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
Hdmi, Rca (PCM) (6.1)

Networking / online service

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

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

USB
2.0
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
External