Wii U Power Brick “Xbox Huge”

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The first formal unboxing of the Wii U has seen immediate complaints about the “Xbox huge” size of the two power adapters the console comes with, although its defenders were soon channelling the spirit of Steve Jobs with the defence that “the brick is not too large, your home is too small!”

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The ceremonial unboxing was performed by no less than Nintendo honcho Satoru Iwata:

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The sight of the unit unboxed immediately prompted derisive criticism from Japanese gamers sensitive about their tiny homes, with such complaints as “the AC adapter is the main unit,” “they probably dumped it into that brick to make the console look smaller,” and “even the damn controller has a brick!?”

Nintendo fans however were quick to retort with “what kind of rabbit hutch do you live in if that is too big for you?” and “at least the main unit isn’t gigantic!”

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    Avatar of Garyuu
    Comment by Garyuu
    08:11 08/11/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I don't care how big it is as long as the plug itself is normal. I hate it when I have a device that has a huge plug, and takes up two outlets.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 08/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you're describing 90s right now, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 08/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I wish, tons of crap still have the transformer at the very end of the plug, such a pain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    like every routers, modem, some home phones...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think there is a market for short 5 inch extention cords, just enough to keep those bricks off the fucking walls.

    old devices you still use (old consoles specificly) chargers and so forth

    if you could get a 5 pack of these for 10$ or less, i think it would be a major seller

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    19:12 they already make them, I used them from time to time for powering modems & routers at client locations.

    ebay keywords "Power Extension Strip Cord pigtails".

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get a powersquid (http://www.powersquid.com/) or similar device available at a home improvment store.

    Designed to solve that exact problem.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That product looks unbelievably retarded. I'll stick with my 1000va UPS and shorty extensions, where needed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    *High Fives Garyuu*

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Short 3 prong extensions solve that problem. I use them from time to time, for entry level rack mount servers, to get around devices using external power supplies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is that huge gamepad defeat the purpose of WII? You going to go around swinging that thing around to play golf or bat? I don't think so.

    What a waste they needed to get with todays graphics keeping the controller simple like they had for it to be the next gen WII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How does braindead idiocy like this get upvoted?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're not meant to swing it around. :P It's meant to be used more like a standard controller, with the touch screen and motion controls used for things like inventory or a sniper scope, or for controlling things out of the view of other players. The Wii Remote Plus will continue to be used for party games that involve "swinging things around", only now there will be the option for one player to control a different aspect of the game via the new controller, in a sort of "asymmetric gaming" format.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the Wii U, the successor to Wii.

    It's a brand new console, with enhanced graphical capabilities and with a new approach to gaming with its controller, the Wii U GamePad.

    Maybe you haven't seen much yet, so here's a look at the games that'll be coming to the system - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPjhY0cFOKw

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you a Nintendo employee? How many of you are on this site trying to say using outdated low cost Xbox power bricks is fine? It's the 8th generation of consoles, and it's using 6th gen stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you have any idea of Engineering?
    What they do with the Powerbricks is called modularization. It makes exchanging parts in case of failure a lot less of a pain.
    In case of a surge the power adapter dying isn't that uncommon. It protects the digital logic components behind it, but has to be exchanged. Modularizing the power brick eliminates the need to open the console which are made a pain to open to discourage modding (among other things like design aspects). Less time spent on the repair -> less money wasted.

    Sony doesn't do it and that's why they do everything they can to not exchange anything. Damn I've had a really hard time contacting PS3 support, on their site they just refer you to community support, those bastards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feels like they're not doing their best, imo. MS and Sony bleed money just to show their consoles are different. And yes, their games are good, even if the hardware is not that modern. Please don't bring PC into this.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    20:32 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo's philosophy is to use outdated technology. It worked for some 30 years, why should they stop?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, let's spend another $ 50 on a power brick that doesn't do anything for the system other than cost more when it decided to die on you. Because the ps3 and xbox 360 failed quite a lot more than the wii did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do people expect it to be run on magic? Its the same size as the 360 and PS3 power supplies. Theres no getting around it unless you resurrect Tesla and have him invent a new way of creating power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Modularization my ass. That's just Nintendrone double standards in the most disgusting form.

    Console revisions should count as modularization. They've become more efficient.

    PS3 - PS3 Slim
    360 - 360 Slim
    3DS - 3DS XL (wtf is modularization here)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >touch screen
    >new approach
    lol cause it's not like every mobile device has been doing that for the last 5 years.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're a jackass. My goodness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not want! It is not cute!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it's called Wii U!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like the Wii Fuck U.

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    Comment by Stormwatch
    16:56 08/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I don't mind the brick, but the controller is very unappealing. Fuck those motion-sensing gimmicks, gimme some traditional controllers! As far as I care, the Ouya is the most appealing upcoming console, because it's super-cheap and not built upon gimmicks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Wii U gamepad is what, ten? It's a traditional controller in every which way with bonuses that only add to the experience.

    Ouya's a piece of shit that'll coast on the efforts of garage developers. Hope you enjoy your worse-than-shovelware future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I suppose, if you're only interested in playing ports of smartphone games on your television.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lmao, Ouya

    Have fun playing smartphone "games" on your TV.

    Best part about the entire Ouya bullshit is that the same people who laughed at the Wii for being a kiddy console with no real games wholeheartedly support Ouya, which (looking at the library of Android games) has no real games either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 10/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm more concerned he had to wear gloves to handle it.....

    maybe it should come with a gieger counter...

    :o

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    16:22 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is it just me or does that thing look strikingly like the Sega Game-gear?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah it kinda does, but to an extend does resemble the wonderswam (Japan exclusive handheld console)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the problem is Wii U buy it?

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    Comment by Your Name
    07:50 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh wow, should have just built it into the console. The cable used to charge the WiiU Controller is not nice looking either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 08/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I sure wish those wires and AC adapters that I'm going to plug in once and never see again as they're behind my TV setup were smaller.

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    Comment by Your Name
    09:11 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My TV setup does not allow for that, but good for you I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly this.

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    Comment by Kohaku
    09:07 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Thank you, Anon 08:07, took the words out of my mouth

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    Comment by SciFi
    09:38 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Building the transformer into the power cable and not the console allows it to dissipate heat better, reducing the need for noisy fans.
    *stares at brother's noisy xbox360*

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    Comment by Pyrus
    10:27 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can also throw it at people who beat you at games you don't care to lose at.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    assuming people can actually lift it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But doesnt 360s have external,(and about the size of a small house) PSUs? thery noise because of all the extra "ventilation" they keep adding to avoid meltdowns an RRODs

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Compared to their tiny yellow dicks, everything seems "xbox huge".
    u mad bro?

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    Comment by Shiro_Amada
    08:16 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like the size matters.
    You're not supposed to carry it around in your backpack/purse, you're supposed to connect it to your TV, and leave it there 'till it's time to replace it with a new product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Size does matter.

    *winks*

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not the size of your Power Brick (TM) that matters, it's how you use it.
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    .
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    How the fuck do you use it ?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 09/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To gape your lover's anus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Throw it against the other consoles!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 08/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamn whiners. How many of you have actually gone to your local game store that actually has a demo unit out so you can actually HOLD the damn controller? It's pretty damn cool and I can't wait to see what this thing can do.






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