Jun 10th, 2012

Wii U dev kit
According to rumors, this is the Wii U dev kit, code-named CAT-DEV (Cafe Tool for Development), referring to Wii U’s code name “Project Cafe”. The dev kit is said to be one of the earlier models before they were mass produced by Nintendo and shipped to developers. The dev kit pictured above was so early it didn’t even support the GamePad controller and developers could only use Wii U pro controller. The current Wii U dev kits are said to be very different, with support for two tablet controllers, updated hardware, and the controllers themselves. The above dev kit is said to be the first and second version, while the current Wii U console development kits are up to version 5, said the be the final version of the hardware.

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  • Kaizen

    Haha. It is funny looking. I like it. Though, the actual console looks way better ;P

    • Draco Breach

      I don’t know. I think I could get into this as a release version ;p

      It looks kinda… I don’t know. …retro.

      • Kaizen

        I completely agree with that. Haha!

    • josh with the truth

      this is version 1 and 2 the real version is number 5 witch is not shown above

  • Smurfman256

    Yes, but would the person who owns this particular dev kit be kind enought to open it to see what the initial specs were?

  • Swic11

    Well glad the console doesn’t like this, but I think David 6 might like it lol

  • Ares

    This might look good in red. It looks strong. But we know it is not. Nintendo’s stocks will fall.

  • Chris

    Well this is an older dev kit but it looks cool for one, looks like something out of a Sci Fi movie from the 1960’s

  • Death

    so you have to plug the console in the wii to charge it? Not an ac outlet? Cause i see the controller adapter port.

  • machok

    i wonder when this dev tools will be sell on ebay

  • Hafid

    Nintendo = economy !!!
    Kinda smart from them …

  • Neonridr

    dev kits always just look like ugly boxes. Why would they spend time making it look pretty when it’s going to change like 3 or 4 times during the development cycle of the Wii U.

    Definitely Retro though.

  • Junior smith

    But hold on didn’t Nintendo upgrade the specs for the mass production dev kits? So really these specs are old now compared to the new version of dev kits.

  • EponaVsCrimsonLoftwing

    This isn’t two generation of dev kits, it’s one. One picture is of the front, the other is the back. You can tell by looking where the vent is on the top. The thing was just turned around to get a look at both sides. Also, that does look way retro. I’d buy a system that looked something like that. A secret beast machine in retro skin just sounds awesome