Jul 8th, 2012

Wii U dev kit

The Wii U dev kit is pretty much finalized, with the V5 version of the hardware in mass production and shipping to developers. VGLeaks got their hands on a new photo of an early version of the Wii U dev kit. Back then, the dev kits only supported the Wii Classic Controller via an adapter — The Wii U GamePad apparently wasn’t ready at that time. The latest version of the developer hardware, version 5, was reported to include new features such as dual GamePad support, video chat, facial recognition software, and multi-tasking.

For a more detailed photos of the hardware, check out the Wii U dev kit photos.

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  • Manjinder


    • Wii Uoops!

      OMG I was just about to say that we are totally in sync 😀

  • Static

    Every new piece of info just makes me want to get my hands on this thing more and more. I wonder what uses the facial recognition software will be put to.

    • trainerblk

      Maybe for profile recogniton so lets say on my browser i got things i don’t want my child to see he can’t get in or game fetures as well

    • Raul

      I think it’d be great if while in game online, you could see a persons reaction to you killing them or have small photos of their face next to their character like in “Tank! Tank! Tank!”. I can’t wait to play this thing!!!

      • Marq

        I’d hate to be the programmer at Nintendo tasked with programming it not to allow people to upload images of penises.

      • Paul

        that would be mint kidda

        your on call of duty and you come behind a camper and kill them then on the left side of the screen you see the person screaming and yelling with hes head boiling over and extracts deadly revenge lol

        • James Bowserman

          I’d rather get revenge on a jump-shotter, quickscoper, or halo-jumper… campers aren’t hard to avoid or kill

  • john

    no wonder they didn’t show games at E3 most of these developers are waiting for nintendo to step their game up with the tools lol.

  • gobbledegubber

    That must be what turned reggie into zombie at e3

    • Static

      Ah, right. I’d forgotten about that.

  • brandon

    Auto sign in for facial recognition would b cool. Only thing my friend uses on his kinect.

  • AwayToHit

    Good news. Cannot wait for this !!!!

  • Case

    I wonder how much a separate wii u gamepad will cost?

  • uPadWatcher

    The more we see the Wii U getting finalized, the better we get to see Nintendo’s 8th generation console to be released worldwide.

  • Joyous Killer

    “That controller looks like the xbox 360 Controller! They stole our idea!” They Did? Really? Should you be one to talk after your Dumbglass? -_-

  • Xxodya

    Am I the only one who recognizes that the dual sticks”/analog sticks are down?With that said it looks pretty cool.

    • Xxodya

      bleh thats a wii controller.

  • Bob Singh

    Thats a pretty big adapter.

  • Kard

    wii u 4 the wiin

  • Christopher

    Very interesting, every bit of Wii U news that comes out just makes me want to get my grubby hands all over it X3

    I can’t wait!

    • And now I do have it =3 Life is sweet sometimes old me 

  • Wii u rocks

    There should be a wireless controller for the classic controller

    • gPadWatcher

      Evidently, it is a wireless Pro Controller for the U. They may have added a cord in case the controller needs to be recharged.

  • deSSy2724

    Not all is good in Wii U version…. agree with you, but batman face does look better in PS3.

    Well, Xbox 360 tech is more compared to Wii U tech for more reason:

    1. Both uses ATI graphics (we know, Xbox 360 GPU is not HD based Radeon chip, its x1800 – x1900…).

    And we know Wii U is using some HD Radeon based chip (u can find it on Wii U E3 official site)…. we indeed dont know exactly which, but even this means its more powerful than Xbox 360.

    BTW noticed AMD instead of ATI on the official Nintendo E3 site, “Tech Spec” part? what does/can this mean? ATI vas REBRANDED to AMD with hd6xxx series…. does this mean, the Wii U GPU is based on hd6xxx – hd7xxx GPU?

    2. Similar IBM arhitecture and it means… leaks are saying Power6 or Power7 based CPUs (both can, for xbox 360 developers be the better choise). Ofcourse Xbox 360 uses a much older one with 3 cores, Wii U will probably use 3 or 4 cores (many rumors), but we cant compare 2005 CPU vs 2007/08/09+ CPU. Dual Sandy Bridge processors are MUUUUUCH stronger than core 2 duo/quad chips even with less clock speed, less cores etc.

    And the last, its stated on the official E3 Nintendo site that Wii U is based on IBM Power CPU (NOT PowerPC)…. could this mean that the final processor is based on Power6 or Power7 CPU? Back in past, GC was stated that its based on IBM PowerPC CPU (not Power IBM CPU).


    Even if this is the exactly same hardver than PS3/Xbox360…. there is no logic that Batmans face is looking worse on Wii U because of bad hardware…. anyway, it really seems to be much stronger than current gen consoles.

  • The Beeshnu

    I have a question how are people, say on youtube, going to do game play commentary woth both screens ?_?

    GOT AN IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wii U supports youtube right?
    allow an option where you can use both TV and Controller screens to watch a walkthrough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Genius but farfetched but genius