The Wii U: Nintendo’s first attempt at a high definition console


Eric Hammond, staff writer

For the last three decades, Nintendo has been releasing next generation consoles, such as the Nintendo 64 and the Wii. Despite releasing ground breaking technology, Nintendo has never realeased a high definition console.  On Nov. 11, Nintendo looks to change this. But, is it worth the $300 buyers will be forced to cough up?

The Wii U arrives in the market featuring many specs never before seen on a Nintendo game system, such as 1080p video quality and a touch screen/motion control controller. It also features full compatibility with past Wii hardware, such as the Wii remote and nunchuck.

Another thing that Nintendo has to offer for their new console are some very impressive launch titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U, Mass Effect 3, Assassins Creed 3, ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City. With these new titles, it shows that Nintendo is targeting older gamers as well as younger ones.

However, where the Wii U has impressive things to offer, it also suffers from a major setback- storage.

The basic console has a maximum storage capacity of 8GB with the deluxe console featuring 32GB. This means that the basic console has the same storage as Apple’s 4th Generation iPod; released four and a half years ago.The memory capacity especially falls short compared to its other console competitors, such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3. Both of these consoles offer consoles with a total capactiy of 320GB.

In order to make it better suited to go against the other devices, Nintendo has pushed the addition of some fascinating internet features. The Wii U introduces a new feature called ‘Nintendo TVii’, which is an internet TV service that allows users to watch TV shows, including a fully programmable TiVo DVR. Use of the internet returns from the Wii console, as well as a wireless internet component for easy and instantaneous WiFi connection.

The Wii U features many pros and cons, and whether or not it is the worth the buy I’ll  leave up to the buyer. Go out and pre-order the Wii U to prepare for its launch date on Nov.11  with the basic console ($299.99) and the deluxe console ($349.99).