Nintendo Wii U Review

Posted: December 14, 2012
Nintendo Wii U Review

Nintendo's Wii U comes with 1080p graphics, a slew of new games and a tablet controller with a 6.4-inch LCD touch screen that changes the way you play. Matt Mira and Alex Albrecht check out the new console for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Wii U is Nintendo's first HD gaming console.
  • The design measures less than 2 inches thick, which is a bit smaller than the Wii and is the smallest of all the consoles.
  • The ports on the back are for HDMI, an AV connection for component or composite and 2 USB, including 2 USB ports in the front.
  • The other half of the console is the "revolutionary" gamepad, which is kind of like a tablet on its own.
  • This tablet provides the second screen experience, which features its own 6.2 inch color touch screen and two analog sticks, which is something the 3DS is desperately lacking.
  • There are also all kinds of motion sensors in here, as well as a front facing camera, stereo speakers and a headphone jack.
  • It has pretty much everything you need for this to be its own device.
  • The touch screen is not capacitive but resistive, which means you really are going to have to press harder than what you may be used to.
  • The color is good on the display with its 854x480 resolution, but this also mean that whatever you gain in finally having an HD Nintendo system is lost on the little screen.
  • You do get to play some titles in the off screen mode, which means someone else can use the TV because you can play everything on the gamepad.
  • The interface of the Wii U is similar to the Wii.
  • You can also perform a Wii-to-Wii migration and have all of your fun transfer over.
  • We can't watch streamed stuff on the Wii U--at least, not yet because the USB ports on the back don't support external hard drives (which means your external media isn't going to stream).
  • The only live app is Netflix, which works just as you would expect it.
  • The optical drive is proprietary so it will not play DVDs or Blu-rays.


  • $300 for the Wii U Basic.
  • $350 for the deluxe edition.


  • 2.5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • It's great to finally have an HD Nintendo system.
  • The gamepad controller is an interesting bit of hardware.
  • Right now, the console feels a little disjointed but as more games are developed, we expect this to be solved.
  • The lack of features right out of the box and impending update make this hard to recommend right now.