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5 Things You Would Know About The Wii U If You Read The Manual

December 31, 2012

With the Wii U, Nintendo have continued their march into the digital age. Nearly 100% of the retail launch games are currently avalible to download from the eShop. Miiverse is like their very own social network. With all of these massive features, you may be forgiven if you didn’t appriciate one of the smaller touches Nintendo has put on the Wii U. Instead of including full manuals in the Wii U box, this time you can read one right of the console.

However, I’m certain that around 4 in 5 people didn’t even glipse at the Wii U digital maunual. That’s why we I have scanned through it so those of you who can’t be bothered don’t have too. Some information you might already know, some you may not. Enjoy regardless.

1. The GamePad has a Sensor Bar
You know where the camera is placed on your GamePad. The black strip it’s placed on isn’t just for decoration, or part of the camera design. Infact, it’s actually a Sensor Bar, allowing you to play even the most intricate games on your GamePad (so long as the title supports it). This Sensor Bar is perhaps the reason I’m most hopeful that a future system update will bring the ability to play Wii games entirely on the GamePad. This would also give a use to the non-charging GamePad stand that came with the Premium Console. Here’s what it says in the Wii U manual:

‘Sensor Bar – Detects movement of Wii Remote is used to control the screen on the Wii U GamePad. When used in this way, this component functions in effectivly the same way as the Sensor Bar which is included as part of the Premium Pack.’

2. The GamePads Battery Life
As with all consoles their was many diffrent rumours about the GamePads battery life. It turns out the GamePad lasts just as long as the original 3DS, not to shabby for a such a powerful device. Here’s what it said in the manual:

‘ • Charging Time – 2.5 Hours
• Battery Life – 3-5 Hours

Time may differ depending on factors such as using features (camera, microphone eg.), screen brightness, wireless communications and ambient temperature.’

3. You should replace the GamePad Battery after 500 charges
The Wii U GamePad should only be charged 500 times, and then you should replace it. However, you would have to, at the very least, use your GamePad for 1500 hours to get to this point. Here’s what it says in the manual:

‘After 500 charges, the battery capacity should be at 70%. You should replce the battery….’

4. There are 2 types of official Stylus
Everyone who owns a Wii U will know that the console had a stylus. However, unless you purchase a ‘Hori Officially Licensed Pad Stylus and Filter Set’, which sets you back £10, you can’t get both. The one that came with your console is the normal sized stylus, but with the Hori pack, you can own a larger one. Surely an expandable stylus, like the one that came with the original 3DS, would’ve made more sense. Anyway, here’s what it says in the manual:

‘• Wii U GamePad Stylus
• Wii U GamePad Stylus (Large)

This Stylus is designed for use with the Wii U GamePad touch screen’

5. What Accessories are Compatible
Over 1 month since the Wii U’s initial launch, people still questioned if the Wii Zapper could work with the Wii U GamePad. Well, it does. As was demonstrated in Nintendo’s E3 2011 presentation. The Wii Zapper, is however, the only accessory you can use with the GamePad. No Wii Wheel, obviously. Here is what it says in the manual:

‘ Product Overview:

• Wii U Console
• Wii U GamePad
• Wii U GamePad Stylus
• Wii U GamePad Stylus (Large)
• Wii Remote
• Wii Remote Plus
• Wii U Pro Controller
• Wii U Microphone
• Nunchuck
• Classic Controller
• Classic Controller Pro
• Wii Balance Board
• Wii Zapper
• Wii Wheel
• Wii MotionPlus
• Wii U AC Adapter
• Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
• High Speed HDMI Cable
• Wii AV Cable
• Wii Component Video Cable
• Wii RGB Cable
• Wii U Pro Controller USB Cable
• Wii U Console Stand
• Wii U GamePad Cradle
• Wii U GamePad Stand
• Sensor Bar
• Wii LAN Adapter
• Wii U GamePad Screen Protector
• Cleaning Cloth
• SD Memory Card
• SDHC Memory Card’

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