For those who have been curious to know just what’s under the hood of the Wii U - you’re about to get your wish… sort of. Pages from a Nintendo patent filing made their rounds today, showing off the system’s internal configuration. The diagrams aren’t too specific about precisely what sorts of components will be used, but it gives you a good idea of how the Wii U plans to manage its power and so forth. We can see that the pool of memory’s split, with part reserved for graphics (VRAM) and both an internal and external main memory, likely to take the burden off the CPU.
Alongside the patent reveal came a rumor: apparently the Wii U controller’s Circle Pads will be clickable, like the analog sticks on PlayStation and Xbox. This is a good move if Nintendo wants to grab gamers who’d traditionally choose those systems, as they’ll like the controller to feel as familiar as possible even despite its differences. I’m pretty ambivalent on the issue personally, but the seemingly-insignificant pressure sensitivity of the GameCube shoulder buttons wound up working wonders so it’s something I don’t mind getting behind.