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Sep. 13, in the year of our Lord 2012 - The new Wii U™ console introduces the Wii U™ GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another.

Launches: November 18, 2012 in the United States.

Price: $299.99 for Basic Set / $349.99 for Deluxe Set.

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.

Weight: Approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

Appearance: The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup.

Wii U GamePad: The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It also offers a new way for viewers to engage with their favorite entertainment. The GamePad incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer and gyroscope), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).

Other Controllers: The Wii U console supports one Wii U GamePad controller, up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote™ Plus) controllers or Wii U™ Pro Controllers, and Wii™ accessories such as the Nunchuk™, Classic Controller™ and Wii Balance Board™. In the future, the Wii U console will support, depending on the software, two Wii U GamePad controllers.

CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core processor.

GPU: AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.

Storage: Wii U uses an internal flash memory (8 GB with the Basic Set; 32 GB with the Deluxe Set) for data storage. It also supports external USB storage.

Media: Wii U and Wii optical discs.

Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI™, WiiComponent Video, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

Audio Output: Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector.

Networking: Wii U can be connected to the Internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters for a wired Internet connection.

Wii Compatibility: Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.

Energy Efficiency: Wii U utilizes specially designed power-saving features to lower its energy consumption.

Wii U Retail Set Options:
Basic - $299.99
• 8 GB internal memory for storage
• Wii U™ console (white)
• Wii U GamePad (white)
• Wii U AC adapter
• Wii U GamePad AC adapter
• High-speed HDMI® cable
• Sensor bar

Deluxe - $349.99
• Nintendo Land™ game
• 32 GB internal memory for storage
• Wii U console (black)
• Wii U GamePad (black)
• Wii U AC adapter
• Wii U GamePad AC adapter
• High-speed HDMI® cable
• Sensor bar
• Wii U GamePad cradle
• Wii U GamePad stand
• Wii U console stand


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