For many people, gaming is one of lifeâs great pleasures. Even if you canât related with that feeling, the Nintendo Wii U has enough features to make you interested and start playing. It has a controller similar to a tablet and is a combination of motion controls and touch screen. If you have experience playing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 then you will certainly admire the functionality available on Nintendo.
Configuration Specs of the Wii U
- 8Gb memory on the game console
- Sensor bar
- Wii U gamepad
- HDMI cable
- Charging cable
- Gamepad and console stand
Console and Gamepad Design
The console weighs 3.4 pounds and measures10.5 x 1.9 x 6.6 inches, it comes with optical drive, power and syncing button, USB port and SD card slot on the front. If you want to bring in the console games then you can do so with the Byzantine system of Nintendo using a SD card. At the back you will find the HDMI and power port, sensor and A/V port.
The gamepad is like a tablet rather than a conventional game controller and has a touch screen (resistive) of 854 x 480 pixel resolution. Gamepad works as the main medium for navigating the menu and input information. You also get the flexibility of streaming games straight on to the gamepad by bypassing the console. It has dual analog sticks, face buttons, direction pad and TV remote button. In addition to it, the gamepad also has motion controls which help in detecting the way it is positioned.
Other design features include microphone, 2 speakers and frontal camera allowing you to video chat with others as well as take photos. There is volume slider, headphone jack, removable stylus at the top of the gamepad and you can charge it from within the cradle with charge lasting for as much as 3 to 5 hours.
Setup and Software
The setup process for Nintendo Wii U is quite simple and you just have to follow the instructions which appear on the screen. The software included with the system consists of Miiverse, Browser, Tvii and Nintendo eShop. The first one in the software list, Miiverse, is companyâs communication network as well as message board used in the games while eShop is where you can download various games from the online store Nintendo has. The browser can be used to view various websites and the touch screenmeans it is a lot easier to enter the urls and information that you want to search.
Lastly, Tvii is a program guide as well as social network service which allows you to put all your favorite channels in one menu inside the gamepad. This gamepad also works like universal remote and through the infrared port it can controls the satellite box.
Start Gaming Now
A neat feature about the Nintendo Wii U is that it has backward compatibility. Previous Wii users can transfer games to Wii U using Wiimote pairing and now they can avail the Network ID which has replaced the somewhat lengthy numeric code that was used in earlier gaming consoles.
In short, the Wii U should appeal to experienced gamers as well as novice players. Have you tried using it? Make sure to let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
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