Wii U web browser specs detailed, lacks plug-in support

Nintendo releases first info on Wii U's on-board web browser

Nintendo has revealed that Wii U will run a NetFront browser (NX v2.1), along with specs for the software.


The browser will be capable of running either on your TV or via the Gamepad screen, and will support single-touch screen functionality. Multi-touch won't be supported.

You will not be able to download/save or upload videos or pictures, confirms Nintendo. The browser will also not support plug-ins, such as flash, although it will support HTML 5 and, according to benchmarks, it outperforms current consoles and even Internet Explorer 10 on PC by a significant margin.

AAC codecs are among those support for sound, while video formats and codecs include H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC Video) and MP4.

Nintendo also confirmed the browser's multitasking support with games, so you will be able to "pause a game, launch the browser to search for tips on the game you're playing, and then re-enter the game right where you left off", it says.

Nintendo has confirmed a Wii U release date of November 18 in the US, and a Wii U release date of November 30 in Europe. The company has set the US Wii U price at $299 for the basic model, while the UK Wii U price starts at £230.