The Nintendo Wii U just launched yesterday, and it already has a bevy of games available for purchase, including some big titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Madden 13, and a handful of Nintendo-developed titles. However, the latest Grand Theft Auto installment may be hitting the new console come next spring.
It's time for the iFixit teardown of the Wii U, bringing on more details about this device than you could ever possibly want to know about. Starting with the basics, it's found that along with NFC and either 8GB or 32GB iterations for internal storage, this unit has USB hard drive support, AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU action, and a fabulous IBM Power-based multi-core processor. All that we know about - that and the 6.2-inch 854 x 480 pixels LCD panel on the touchscreen controller as well as a disk slot, sync button, SD card slot, USB 2.0 x 4, HDMI, AV multi-out, and sensor bar connector on the main unit.
Nintendo may have a reason to gloat with the Wii U sold out across the US, but it seems that the console launch is not without some major issues. We already had the last-minute delay of Nintendo TVii to deal with, and now there seem to be some grievances with the launch day update Nintendo is pushing. For starters, the update is apparently around 5GB in size, with Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers and Ben Fritz of the LA Times reporting that it takes anywhere from an hour to two hours plus to download and apply.
It looks like Nintendo is making some sort of effort to keep its online community safe and more civilized on the Wii U, by requiring gamers under 18 to get a parent to assist in registering for an account on Nintendo Network. Minors must pay a one-time $0.50 fee payable with a credit card before they can start using the service.
Nintendo's Wii U has been giving up some of its hardware secrets, with a post-launch teardown of the next-gen console revealing its advantages over the original Wii as well as how the GamePad controller delivers its magic. Released in the US yesterday, and promptly cracked open by AnandTech, the Wii U appears fairly repair-friendly, with an easy to open chassis only offset by some delicate connections soldered rather than plugged together, but it's the speed improvement over the Wii that many gamers will care about.
The launch of the Wii U is exciting for any Nintendo fan, but one thing that's bumming owners out is the delay of Nintendo TVii. We found out just before launch that Nintendo TVii won't be arriving until sometime in December, when before that announcement, Nintendo had been saying that the service would be patched in at launch. The last minute delay has to sting for some who were looking forward to Nintendo TVii, but in a new interview with MTV Multiplayer, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did his best to justify the delay.
Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, has hit US stores in the first step of its global roll-out, a tablet-equipped attempt to take motion gaming to the next level. Sales of the Wii U began at midnight in certain locations, including New York City, where Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime counted down to registers opening in front of a well-packed crowd. Meanwhile, Nintendo paved the way for its new model with a last-minute firmware update enabling some of the headline features.
Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.
If you're planning to pick up a Wii U this weekend, we're sad to say that it's going to be launching without one highly anticipated feature. Nintendo confirmed today that the Wii U won't have Nintendo TVii at launch, as the service has been pushed back to sometime in December. The good news is that December is right around the corner, but the bad news is that Nintendo didn't give a specific launch date for Nintendo TVii.
This weekend will be a big one for Nintendo, as it just so happens to be the weekend that the Wii U launches in the US. It's a good time to be a Nintendo fan, and it looks like gamers are plenty excited for the arrival of the new console. GameStop said today that software pre-orders have hit 1.2 million units, which certainly isn't anything to scoff at.