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All about new Nintendo Wii U GamePad controller

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2012.


All new Nintendo Wii U GamePad controller released on November 18, 2012 with cool new features. Wii U combines the features of touch and button controls with two analog sticks to provide a new gaming experience.


The 6.2-inch LCD touch screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9 serves as a second window into the gaming world. The screen on the game pad can be used to access menus, maps and more while gaming on your TV and can also be used to play games in the controller.


A rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the Game Pad controller. The two analog sticks on the both top ends of the game pad control provides an extra degree of control required in complex games. These analog sticks also acts as a buttons themselves.

ZL/ZR buttons on the back of game pad is accessible by the index finger when holding the game pad. These buttons used as triggers in shooting games. Between the L R buttons, there is an infrared transceiver than can be used to control TV or communicate with other devices.


Built in camera and microphone can also be used to voice and video chat with friends. Other input buttons include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button.


The Wii U console has a built in open source software. Every time you turn on the Wii U console, Mii characters from all over the world greets and updates you with Wii U community’s popular games in WaraWara plaza.

The Nintendo Wii U has a price tag of $299.99 for Basic Set / $349.99 for Deluxe Set. More specifications of Wii U.

Specifications
CPUIBM Power®-based multi-core processor
SizeApproximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.
Display4.7 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with Gorilla® Glass 2
GPUAMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU.
WeightApproximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)
StorageInternal flash memory (8 GB with the Basic Set; 32 GB with the Deluxe Set) for data storage. Supports external USB storage.
MediaWii U and Wii optical discs.
NetworkWireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. Four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front & two in the rear – support Wii LAN Adapters.
Video Output1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
Compatible cables – HDMI™, Wii Component Video, Wii S-Video Stereo AV & Wii AV.
Audio Output6-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector.
Wii CompatibilityNearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.
SoftwareOpen source software. Broadband connection required to use most built-in software applications.


Source: Nintendo

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