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Nintendo Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - White

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Nintendo Wii U
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  • Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
  • IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and Wii Balance Board.
  • Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
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  • ASIN: B0050SVHZO
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 14 x 5.5 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 18, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

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428 of 457 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I shoulda bought the 8GB version. November 29, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There are a lot of places you can learn about the Wii U. So in the beginning of my review I'm going to talk about whether you want the regular or the deluxe. And I'm here to tell you: maybe you don't have to buy the deluxe.

I've checked it out and here is the deal.

The Deluxe gives you:
1) 24 GB more memory than a basic. Of course, you can add a cheap USB drive and duplicate this.
2) A cradle for charging, but, the battery on my video remote isn't lasting long so I usually have the video remote plugged directly into the wall (because you can't play when its in the cradle!). So the cradle is not worth any extra money.
3) NintendoLand, which you can buy separately. Nintendoland is a suite of mini games. Nintendoland does a good job of introducing you to everything the Wii U can do. If you love minigames, maybe you should buy the deluxe. If you just want dedicated titles like "ZombiU" or "Pikmin 3" then you might choose the basic Wii. After 2 weeks my daughter wants us to buy another game, because none of the mini games in Nintendo Land are very deep, and some are about as good as a $1 game you'd buy in an app store. (race game, balloon game, yoshi game: I'm talking to you)
4) The Deluxe also gives you 10% back on all digital purchases, for each $50 you spend. So to get $5 back, you have to spend $50. Most people I know prefer to buy hard copies of their game so they can resell or trade them. But if you like to buy software online then you would want to get the deluxe.

You would want to consider the basic Wii U if:
1) You don't like minigames (aka Nintendoland)
2) You only buy hard copies of games.

Otherwise, consider the deluxe.
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168 of 195 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Plenty of people have given lengthy reviews on everything you want to know about the Wii U, so I won't rehash the basics here. I'll just share my initial reactions after unboxing my Wii U Basic last night.

The box for the Wii U contains an owners manual and "Quick Start" guides in English, French, and Spanish. There's also a card advertising Club Nintendo; you'll get a hefty 160 points for linking your Wii U to your Club Nintendo account, which is more than halfway to Gold Status (you'll get a calendar or some other crappy gift if you hit 300 points in a year). Nintendo giveth and taketh away; unlike previous systems there's no warranty extension for registering a Wii U with Club Nintendo.

You'll get an AC adapter for the Wii U console, as well as a charger for the GamePad. You'll also get an HDMI cable to attach to a TV (if you prefer to use your old component (YPbPr) cable or composite (RCA) cables from your Wii, you can do that as well). Finally, you get a new Wii sensor, but no Wii remotes. The Wii sensor is the same as on the Wii, so if you it set up for your Wii already, you can just swap your old one out and swap this one in (you can save the sensor in the box in case you need a replacement or you want to resell it).

The Wii U itself is sleeker than the Wii, with rounded corners and a slightly longer body. It's still much, much lighter and more compact than either the Xbox or the PS3. The unit has four USB ports and an SD card slot. A lot of people are decrying the fact that 8GB won't hold a lot, but you can effectively expand the memory by using USB jump drives, SD cards, or even USB hard drives that you probably already have for your camera or PC. From that sense, I didn't see the memory size as as much as a downside as others.
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110 of 136 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Okay, first a little background, and then I'll get to the review: I'm not a Nintendo fan. Yes, I'm in my 40s, and I owned a Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s and 90s. I enjoyed both quite a lot, but then, didn't everybody? Nintendo really had it going back then.

When they introduced the N64, however, I was nonplussed. Mostly, I was ticked that they stuck with cartridges in an era when CDs were king. This choice limited what they could do with the N64, and I still cringe when I think about how much more awesome games like Mario 64, Conker's Bad Fur Day, and WWF No Mercy would have been if they had a little more room for data on a CD. Still, I did enjoy those few games, and a couple others got my attention. Ultimately, though, the N64 was a flop for me. I was unimpressed with the game lineup.

When Nintendo threw the GameCube at the public, I held off. It seemed like it was "too little, too late" and for the most part, I was right. The games didn't impress me all that much. The forced jump to 3D for Metroid didn't make me happy. The lack of third party titles was glaring. The choice to use proprietary discs made me wonder what could have been if they'd used DVDs instead, like the PS2 and Dreamcast. Eventually I picked one up, used, and played with it for a while, but ultimately sold it because there were no games I wanted to play.

And then, finally, the Wii arrived and I totally skipped it. I wasn't into the gimmick, and I was really not interested in another standard definition console after shelling out the big bucks for an HDTV when they were first out, and still quite expensive. As the years went by, a few games piqued my curiosity, but I still never jumped at the Wii.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love my Wii U
Lets face facts, PS4 and Xone are just computers, so why buy them if you have a boss PC. The Wii U caters to gamers who enjoyed playing video games back when graphics wasn't... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
you can play games on this for hours and you will never get bored of it! I got lego city undercover and it is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Breathed New Life into the Wii Library
I purchase nintendo consoles for Mario and Zelda. There were a few other Wii games I really liked (Dawn of Discovery, Dead Space Extraction, Goldeneye), but the wii was mostly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JUN97299
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I was promised
first: it didn't come in the box as advertised
second: the product that came was black not white (though I could care less about that) and was much more scratched up than... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kethianne
3.0 out of 5 stars My older brother's opinion
My older brother thinks the Wii U is not worth it, meaning it stinks. It resembles a non-portable DS or 3DS/2DS. The TV is the top screen while the gamepad is the touch screen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juan Rivera
3.0 out of 5 stars Credit Card issues.
The last 2 times we have used Amazon our credit card number has been stolen and we have had to get a new card. You need better security.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin T Gau
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Worth the $$$
This game console is beautiful and lots of fun! The graphics are beautifully HD and the system and gamepad are nice looking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Kates
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, underpowered, undeserving of your money.
Nintendo's late entry on to the realm of high definition couldn't come at a more crucial time for Nintendo to clean up its act. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. H. Mauricio
5.0 out of 5 stars Wii U offers great fun and value
I usually don't write product reviews but felt compelled to get the word out about the Wii U given how it's sales have struggled the first year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JMP
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