Lately the iFixit team has been giving a decent number of reparability ratings on devices. Their latest review of the Wii U is a solid positive. The score was a respectable 8 out of 10.
The console and motherboard
The console had all the connectors and features listed on the box: SD card slot, HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, an AV multi-out connector, and a sensor bar connector.
Inside the console itself, they found that the largest single component was the optical drive, which takes up a significant amount of space, as well as 1/3rd of the weight of the system.
Nintendo has spread their hardware among all of the big manufacturers: the motherboard is powered by an IBM multicore CPU, AMD Radeon GPU, a Samsung memory controller, a Panasonic HDMI controller and Broadcom wireless modules.
The controller has some of the most interesting characteristics of the product. WE knew that the Wii U GamePad was unique. After all, not many gaming system controllers come with an 6.2” 854×480 LCD screen do they?
The product seems to have a custom wireless board from Broadcom. The iFixit guys think it’s used to stream information from the controller to the console and from the console to the controller.
This module is likely part of a new system Nintendo and Broadcom co-designed to wirelessly stream video and data between the Wii U console and GamePad controller.
This is an interesting new product. It’s great to have iFixit guys to tear down and review the components.