Wii U

Review Excerpt: Here’s what you need to know about the Wii U game console and controller. The console (the box that connects to your HD TV) is backward compatible with both your existing controllers, and your existing Wii software. For the first time, this is a completely HD, 16:9 system that plugs into your TV with the now standard HDMI cable, just like the current PS3 and Xbox. Goodbye cathode ray tubes, hello Mario in HD.  The innovative new controller, called the Wii U GamePad, acts like a traditional Wii controller, with motion sensitivity and vibration feedback. But for the first time, it has rechargeable batteries (no more AAs), it’s own charger, a front-facing camera and a 6.2-inch clear color screen that looks and feels like a large Nintendo DS screen. A DS-like stylus slides into a slot in the back — like the DS this is not a capacitive screen. Inside, you’ll find an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor); on the outside a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. The controller is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The whole thing feels surprisingly light, and there are two triggers and full thumb controls for each hand. No Nunchuk needed, no extra wires.
The Wii U console uses a sensor bar, just like the Wii, and it can detect two Wii U GamePads and up to four Wii Remotes, as well as existing accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and the Wii Balance Board. So that’s a total of six people playing the same game, at once. Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating, and see why this received our Editor’s Choice Award.

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