These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.
To diagnose problems your Wii U might be having, check out the Wii U troubleshooting page.
Background and Identification ¶
The Wii U is a Nintendo video game console released on November 18, 2012 in North America as a successor to the Nintendo Wii. Users access the console's functions with both a television display and the gamepad controller, which features buttons and a touchscreen.
The Wii U console is only a few centimeters larger than the Wii, but has a GamePad as its primary controller. The Wii U has an HDMI output unlike the Wii and does not have inputs for the old GameCube controllers.
Wii U Console ¶
The components of the Wii U are as follows:
- CPU: IBM power-based multi-core processor
- GPU: AMD Radeon based high definition GPU
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: Internal 8 GB (Basic) or 32 GB (Deluxe/Premium). Also has support for an SD memory card up to 32 GB, as well as a USB hard drive up to 2 TB.
- 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576i (PAL only), 480p, 480i, standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
- "AV Multi Out" port supports composite video, S-Video (NTSC consoles only), RGB SCART (European consoles only), YPBPR component video, and D-Terminal
- HDMI 1.4 supports stereoscopic 3D images
- "AV Multi Out" port: RCA analog stereo
- HDMI output: six-channel (5.1) linear PCM
- Ports and Peripherals:
- SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
- USB 2.0 ports (two at front, two at rear of console)
- Sensor Bar power port
- "AV Multi Out" port
- HDMI 1.4 out port
Wii U GamePad ¶
The components of the Wii U GamePad are as follows:
- 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis geomagnetic sensor
- Stereo speakers and microphone
- Volume control
- Front-facing camera
- IR sensor strip
- Infrared transceiver
- Headphone jack
- 6.2 inch 16:9 resistive touchscreen
- Two clickable analog sticks and one directional pad
- Select, Start, TV Control, Home, and Power buttons
- A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumpers buttons, and ZL/ZR triggers buttons
- Rumble vibration
- Controller sync button
- NFC (Near Field Communication)
- Wireless communication with console via IEEE 802.11n
- Multi-purpose external extension connector
- Charging port