There were certainly a lot of questions raised about the Wii U when it was announced by Nintendo in the summer of 2011, one of the most common questions was is the Wii U worth buying. Their latest gaming console is looking to take on the likes of Microsoft and Sony to try and take a greater market share of the thousands of gamers that use these products.

So what exactly is the Wii U and why should it be on your shopping list in 2012 when it is due to be released. What kind of gaming experience will it offer, what games can be played on it and what are the console specifications.

The system consists of a console and a controller. The console comes equipped with an IBM CPU. Specific details have not been revealed, but we know that it is power-based and has a multi-core design. It is all new and comes with eDRAM cache. The graphics card is AMD Radeon HD. It has been custom designed for the device. It allows you to enjoy 1080p high-definition graphics.

The Wii U console has a standard optical disc drive that works with 12-centimeter Wii discs and12-centimeter propriety discs with high-density. It has internal flash memory as well. The device comes with 4 USB 2.0 ports. You can connect all sorts of devices to enhance your gaming experience.

The most special thing about the Wii U is the new controller. Apart from the traditional controls such as the A, B, X and Y face buttons, the bumper and trigger ones it has a 6.2-inch touchscreen that plays video games in format 16:9. This allows you to continue playing games even when your TV is off. Furthermore, it enhances single and multiplayer games.

When you play by yourself, you will get additional information on the controller's screen. More importantly, you will be able to get a different viewpoint of the game no matter whether you play alone or with others. This gives you the opportunity to be more manoeuvrable and fast and to come up with more effective strategies for winning.

In general, the Wii U controller has all the latest features for making the gaming experience one of a kind. It is equipped with 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. You get two circle pads and one D-pad. The speakers and the microphone make gaming even more fun. The front-facing camera and the IR sensor strip allow you to literally get inside the game.

As you can see the difference between the Wii U and the Wii is vast but the good thing it all of the accessories tthat you previously bough with the original will be compatible with the new version.

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