Wii U Details And Launch Titles Emerge From Amazon

    May 16, 2012
    Zach Walton
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I love retail outlets. They always get information before the press when it comes to new console launches. One of the more mysterious consoles has been the Wii U with Nintendo remaining tight-lipped regarding their next console’s launch later this year. Barring a leak from Ubisoft last month, there hasn’t been much in the way of details, until now.

Amazon.com has an updated Wii U page with more details about the console itself. Under the details, we now know the final size of the Wii U – 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long. It’s much smaller than what I originally anticipated, but I’m not complaining.

The tablet-based controller is also detailed as having a 16:9 display at 6.2 inches. The controller also features a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble, camera, microphone, stereo speakers, sensor strip and a stylus. While we knew most of those features, it’s still nice to have them confirmed by a retail outlet.

For those concerned over the Wii U’s ability to play games and media in high-definition, the listing says that it supports all screen resolutions up to 1080p. It’s compatible with everything from HDMI to composite video. It can also output audio either through AV or six-channel PCM through HDMI.

Now here is where things get interesting. We always knew that the Wii U would allow users to expand its onboard memory with SD cards, but Amazon confirms that the Wii U will also have an external USB hard drive. The CPU is listed as an IMB multi-core processor while the GPU is an AMD Radeon-based HD graphics card. All in all, it should be on par, if not a little more powerful, than current generation consoles.

The Amazon listing also reveals the current Wii U launch line-up. The games included are New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Darksiders II, DiRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Metro Last Light, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3 and other unnamed Mii-based software. The only problem with this list is that Metro Last Light was announced as delayed until 2013 back in February. Unless Amazon knows something that we don’t, the Metro 2033 sequel probably won’t make the Wii U launch. Everything else is entirely plausible though.

Amazon is also listing Wii U games as being only $49.99. That’s extremely good news for those concerned that Nintendo would join Sony and Microsoft in the trend of charing $60 for new games. Since the development costs for this generation have gone down since its debut five years ago, it makes sense to keep the prices lower. It will also make people more likely to buy more games.

Sure, a lot of the information here was already assumed, but retail information is more than assumptions. Nintendo and other hardware manufacturers regularly meet with retailers to provide the most up-to-date information about their consoles. We can assume that Amazon isn’t just assuming things, but rather got this information from Nintendo themselves.

It’s less than a month until E3 and you can expect that Nintendo will reveal more about the Wii U there. For now, we can just look at the Amazon listings and just speculate what the company has in store for us come June. Just going off of this limited information, however, it looks like the Wii U will have one hell of a launch.

[h/t: Daily Game Sales]

  • xXFloydianXx

    Uh, those Wii U details (such as the size of the console, controller details, etc.) have been out and known since last E3. Nothing new here. Those $50 price points that Amazon is pinning on Wii U games have been there for quite some time, also. They’re just placeholders.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      We’ve known quite a bit of this information already, but the point is that Amazon has updated their storefront with this information. That means that Nintendo is starting to talk to retailers about the details which means the information we have here is probably final specs.

      The prices may be placeholders, but they’re probably telling of what the actual prices are going to be. Like I said, this just cements all of the details as probably being final. I just reiterated a lot of the details for those who may not have been following the updates coming from developers since last E3 since Nintendo didn’t share any of this themselves.

      • Todd

        This information has been up on their site for months. It has also been on Nintendo’s site for months as well.


        Just out of curiosity did you piggyback this story or did Amazon push out a press release on this?

        • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

          I was made aware of the information through the source listed in the story above. It seemed newsworthy to me at the time so I jumped on it. A lot of the information was new to me, but it apparently wasn’t to the majority of you. It just goes to show you that I am not following the Wii U as much as I should be.

          We’ll be on top of all the announcements made at E3 this year so look forward to that. All the announcements there will hopefully be brand spanking new.

  • Nate

    This doesnt tell us anything, it doesnt confirm exact specs, or design or color choice. But im glad there will be a harddrive, we didnt know for sure.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Yeah, the hard drive is a massive relief. I’ve not used Wiiware at all because there’s just not enough room. I can barely fit all of my virtual console games on my paltry 2 GB SD card. Now the only question is if Nintendo will allow third-party USB HDDs or require us to buy their own proprietary HDD like Microsoft?

  • Jon

    Some people don’t tightly follow updates for video games so you can stop bashing this guy for reporting.

    I did not know a new Wii was coming out, I’m still enjoying the one I bought 4 years ago. Thank you Zach for this article.

  • bob man 3

    i didn’t know some of this information and i have been following the Wii u. so why are other people complaining and let the people who didn’t already know this stuff talk.

  • Wolfy

    Thanks Zach, it’s nice to be able to read a new article. since last month EVERYTHING’s been quit slow with wii u news.

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah wii u games cost $50 xbox 720 and ps4 rummored pricd on the internet $100 per game soo if internet is corect vvps4 and xbox 720 will have $100 games