The Wii U will be released sometime this year making it the first 8th generation console to arrive. Details of the system have been scarce but in this thread I'll try to include what we (sort of) know about the Wii U: This is the console, basically is a Wii with rounded edges and a little bit larger. For some reason, the Wii U will only be positioned horizontally unlike its predecessor. You have your eject, power and sync buttons as well an SD card slot when you open that little lid. It will also accept: 12 cm proprietary high-density optical disc 12 cm Wii Optical Disc (backwards compatible with all Wii games) Let's look at the back of the console: This is from E3 2011, don't know if it will change when the final product arrives. Photo from a right angle: As you can see, it is larger than the original Wii. Now the controller: From back: It has a 6.2 inch (15.7 cm) screen with: [*]3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope [*]Speakers [*]Front-facing camera [*]IR sensor strip [*]Microphone [*]854×480 16:9 resistive touchscreen [*]Two circle pads and one D-pad [*]Stylus [*]Select, Start, Home, and Power buttons [*]Headphone jack [*]A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons, and ZL/ZR trigger buttons [*]Controller sync button [*]Bluetooth [*]Built-in rechargeable battery pack An early example of how we will use the system: We talked about the outside of the Wii U but, what about the inside? Nintendo (as always) have been very vague about the specs of the console. What we certainly do know as confirmed by IBM http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/photo/34681.wss Is that the CPU will be based on the Power series (not Power PC). Engadget made a little digging http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/07/ibm-puts-watsons-brains-in-nintendo-wii-u/ And found out that: "Within the Wii U there's a 45nm custom chip with "a lot" of embedded DRAM (shown above). It's a silicon on insulator design and packs the same processor technology found in Watson, the supercomputer" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson_(computer) Now, Watson has Power7 processors, that's the believed custom CPU the Wii U will have, based on the Power7 technology. If you don't know what a CPU does well, it basically does all the mathematical calculations in the console. For example, a good CPU on a console will display more polygons, have better AI, better physics and even some graphical enhancements. If the Wii U has this type of CPU, we will be able to play true HD games at 60FPS!!! Now let's talk about the GPU: It's a custom designed AMD Radeon HD similar to the R770 chip. To give you an idea, this is the R770 tech demo: This is a PC running Skyrim on those rumored specs: Obviously Nintendo released realtime demos to show just a glimpse of the graphics: ^That is the Japanese Garden Demo. That same demo was on the show floor at E3 and it had better graphics than the above video they showed on the conference: This is the complete "garden" realtime demo: Honestly, aside from the attention to detail and all that, I was really blown away by the bird's animation. I've never seen a bird animate like that on a console or PC. Nintendo also showed a realtime Zelda demo: Remember the Gamecube Zelda demo? This is for Wii U: What do you think? Do they look better than the Radeon 770 demo and Wii U based Skyrim PC gameplay? There was another demo, the "Tokyo Streets Demo" that was only showed to a small group of journalists. That demo "blew away" all of the other demos in graphics. Sadly, no video has been released or leaked yet... perhaps on CES? Third party developers are also on board with Wii U with confirmed games: So, it sounds promising... just like the Gamecube did 10 years ago... hope Wii U have a different fate than the purple lunchbox.