Tearing down the Wii U

With the release of the Wii U last weekend we knew it wouldn’t be long before we saw those glorious gut shots on the Internet. The folks at iFixit have torn down a Wii U, and the insides look somewhat promising for a potential hack to take control of the Wii U Game Pad.

The components in the Wii U console aren’t terribly surprising; a few wireless controllers, HDMI adapters, Flash memory chips, and the IBM Power CPU make up most of the interesting components. The insides of the GamePad, though, look pretty interesting. It appears the Wii U GamePad is powered by an ARM Cortex microcontroller built by STMicroelectronics, but the part numbers for the major ICs on the GamePad board are impervious to Googling.

Of course there’s still the question of how video is transmitted wirelessly from the Wii U console to the GamePad. iFixit found a Broadcom BCM4319XKUBG Wireless module that operates on normal WiFi frequencies. This module has been used in a few other pieces of video gear, most notably the Boxee Box, so there is some possibility of intercepting the video signal transmitted to the GamePad and figuring out the protocol.

The long and short of iFixit’s teardown, at least from the hacker perspective, is that all the interesting parts use hardware similar to what you’d find on any other eminently hackable device. Here’s to hoping we get an open Wii U GamePad before the year is out.

15 thoughts on “Tearing down the Wii U

    1. wtf, no. Just because a video protocol between the controller and the console is DLNA does not mean my PC can play wii games. How the hell anyone can reach that conclusion is beyond me let alone someone who reads hackaday….

      1. Somebody is purposely trying to drive traffic to that site by posting the same stuff here with multiple IDs. I will NOT ever visit wiiuhacksdotcom. Okay, k3spice/Sitedude/PCBdude? Shame on you.

  1. Thing to realise with the homebrew is that the wii u is hardware BC with the wii, its going to be sandboxed from the main wii u features, like the 3ds with the ds stuff.

  2. Wow, for something that expensive the controller is really empty.

    Also is anyone else having text in thecomment box show only as white? I can’t see wtf I’m typing

  3. im waiting for the controller can control my pc and with touch screen and also xbox360 remote emulator for my pc games now that would be coo right

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