Wii U outputs 1080p, uses flash storage

Nintendo's E3 press briefing this morning finally unveiled the company's next console, the Wii U. And while we saw a lot about the kitchen-sink of control options, we didn't get a lot of detail on the actual hardware specifications. Luckily, Nintendo of Japan (via Joystiq) spilled the beans.

The hi-definition output will be 1080p, through an HDMI connection. The site also mentions internal flash memory, plus an SD slot and USB storage. It doesn't detail how much internal memory the console will have, but the USB port is said to allow external hard drives, unlike its predecessors.

We'll have first-hand impressions of the console device and its tech demos coming soon.