Nintendo Wii U teardown

The Wii U has only been on the shelves for 24 hours in the US, and it’s already had its bare parts exposed for all to see by our friends over at Anandtech.

Much was made of the Wii U and its early entry into the next generation console wars. With the Xbox and Playstation rumoured for a refresh in 2013 or early 2014, the Wii U is jumping the gun and releasing hardware that, on paper at least, out classes the current Xbox and Playstation consoles, thanks to their age.

During the teardown, similarities in the console and how it’s put together were drawn with the original Wii, noting that the U looks like a larger Wii. There is a proprietary optical drive in there, along with a dedicated 802.11n controller to handle the Miracast display streaming between the console and the GamePad, as well as the known 2GB RAM, PowerPC based CPU and RV7xx GPU.

So, if you want to know what the Wii U is packing, have a read of the full teardown!

Source and Image: Anandtech

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eilegz said,
so we are a generation behind or nintendo just updated the wii to current gen....

Yeah I'm lolling at what I'm reading 'its now ahead of the 360 and ps3 z0mg!!1', yeah, of course it is... So much better they still won't talk about it's specs

tytytucke said,
Nintendo's last console.

Yes, because the Wii didn't sell well at all, and they made absolutely no money from it.

Either that, or the exact opposite of what I wrote above, I'll let you figure out which better reflects reality.

All it takes is one bad console. With these long generations they might not make it to next gen.. If the next Xbox and PlayStation are released next year; the Wii U will not come close to the sales numbers the Wii received. The Wii U does not have the "innovational features" the Wii had. While the other consoles might have an ace in the hole. The game market is always changing and they need to adapt accordingly.
Instead they have become in my opinion "gimmicky"

I believe This or the next Nintendo console could be their last.

Nintendo a good track of actually making money on console they make. I'am pretty sure it cost less than 250$ to manifacture and distribute. The technology is not that advanced (CPU almost like the Xbox 360 and older GPU, 2gb ram cost nothing now. The controller sure eat up a good chunk i'am sure...

calimike said,
Nintendo “Cheaps Out” on Wii U Controller Battery
http://www.sankakucomplex.com/...n-wii-u-controller-battery/ (NSFW)

Looks like they left room for a battery upgrade. Unlike Microsoft and sony who have other divisions that can make up for any losses incurred with their consoles Nintendo does not have that luxury. So Nintendo has to try to make a profit or close to it on every console sold.

Also they have to walk a fine line on how much they can sell the console for. Atleast they left room for a battery upgrade in the future.

wow lot of free space on that motherboard, any pictures of the back of it to see what's there or just surface wire runs?

neufuse said,
wow lot of free space on that motherboard, any pictures of the back of it to see what's there or just surface wire runs?

Probably should ask that question to the site listed in the article.

neufuse said,
wow lot of free space on that motherboard, any pictures of the back of it to see what's there or just surface wire runs?

Its SoC, the CPU, GPU, EDRAM etc.. are all contained in one chip which saves a lot of space

TheLegendOfMart said,

Its SoC, the CPU, GPU, EDRAM etc.. are all contained in one chip which saves a lot of space

yeah but my point is, why couldn't they just compress the motherboard being a SoC system, unless there are more components on the back that we can't see

neufuse said,

yeah but my point is, why couldn't they just compress the motherboard being a SoC system, unless there are more components on the back that we can't see

Better air flow to reduce heat ?

neufuse said,

yeah but my point is, why couldn't they just compress the motherboard being a SoC system, unless there are more components on the back that we can't see


Um, look at the pics on the site, it is as small as it was ever going to be, the optical drive takes up most of the space, then theres the PSU, the motherboard is as long as the other components to spread the chips out for cooling/airflow.

TheLegendOfMart said,

Um, look at the pics on the site, it is as small as it was ever going to be, the optical drive takes up most of the space, then theres the PSU, the motherboard is as long as the other components to spread the chips out for cooling/airflow.

read what I wrote... the PCB could be reduced in size maybe depending on what they have on the back, not the entire system getting smaller.... I doubt heat is a major issue for the processor that they used running at the wattage the system is running at. A whole ~30 watts running games. This isn't the xbox 360 that uses almost 180 watts running games. not that its a major issue, I was just asking why didn't they do it... and there is no PSU in the system, it has an external power brick...

neufuse said,

read what I wrote... the PCB could be reduced in size maybe depending on what they have on the back, not the entire system getting smaller.... I doubt heat is a major issue for the processor that they used running at the wattage the system is running at. A whole ~30 watts running games. This isn't the xbox 360 that uses almost 180 watts running games. not that its a major issue, I was just asking why didn't they do it... and there is no PSU in the system, it has an external power brick...


I did read what you wrote, thanks