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Wii U
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AKA Project Café
Caption The boxart for the original Wii U Deluxe Set.
Manufacturer Foxconn
Launch date(s) November 18, 2012
Generation) 8th generation
Codename Project Café
Discontinued EU: October 1, 2016
NA: November 10, 2016
AU: November 14, 2016
JP: January 31, 2017
Still alive in other countries
Media Wii U Media Disc

Wii discs (as its backward compatibility)

Input Wii U Gamepad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, Nunchuk, Classic Controller
Backwards Compatibility Wii
Memory Basic Set: 8GB

Deluxe Set: 32GB

CPU 1.24 GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC


Service Nintendo Network
Top Game Mario Kart 8: 8.45 million
Predecessor Wii (2006)
Successor Nintendo Switch (2017)

The Wii U is a video game console from Nintendo and the successor to the Wii. The system was released on November 18, 2012 in North America, November 30, 2012 in Europe and Australia and December 8, 2012 in Japan. It is the first entry in the eighth generation of video game home consoles. After Fall 2013, it will be competing with Xbox One and Playstation 4.

The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics, capable of producing video output up to 1080p, and has 2 GB of RAM with half dedicated to the console's operating system. An HDMI cable is included with both versions. The Wii U's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The touchscreen is used to supplement the main gameplay shown on the television or, with games supporting Off TV Play, can allow the player to continue playing games by displaying the main gameplay even when the television is off. In addition to the Wii U GamePad, a more traditional controller, called the Wii U Pro Controller, may be used.

The system is backward compatible with Wii, and Wii U games may support compatibility with Wii peripherals, such as the Wii Remote Plus and the Nunchuk. While it is not backward compatible with Nintendo GameCube discs or peripherals, Nintendo of America's director of entertainment and trend marketing indicated that select GameCube titles would become available for download thru Virtual Console, although Nintendo has since stated it has nothing to announce regarding this.

The Wii U Basic Set Box Art.

(Word of advice: If you don't own a HD TV and you're trying to set up your brand-new Wii U, then use the Wii AV Cable for visuals beacause there is a port on the back of the Wii U for the cable.)


The Wii U was announced at E3 2011.Nintendo simultaneously announced that it would be released during 2012, and that playable console units would be present at E3 2011 (June 7–9).At E3 2011,the playable units where prototype Gamepads which are different than the final version of the Wii U Gamepad. 

Left to Right,the prototype and the Product Version

Nintendo Network 

The logo for Nintendo Network

Nintendo Network

Nintendo's answer to Xbox Live & Playstation Network,Nintendo Network is Nintendo's online network for online mutiplayer. Available also on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the Wii U. Nintendo Network for the latter provides the means for online multiplayer, video chatting (achieved by the using the Wii U Gamepad's inbuilt camera), as well as digital downloads. Nintendo Network on the Wii U will use a user account system much like the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. One Wii U system can contain up to 12 user accounts.he user account system on the Wii U will replace the previous friend code model that was used on the Wii, but will not eliminate use of friend codes completely as they now serve a different purpose on the Wii U.Nintendo Network can also be used as a means to achieve Wii U and Nintendo 3DS connectivity.

Nintendo eShop

The same name of the online shop on the 3DS,the Wii U's eShop will be Nintendo's digital distribution store. 

Available at launch, the eShop will provide the means to download digital Wii U titles, retail Wii U titles, WiiWare titles, Virtual Console titles,like Gamecube games and applications. The Wii U's eShop will also allow users to obtain patches, add-ons, and expansions for both retail and digital games. Moreover, all content obtained from the Wii U's eShop are attached to a user account, and they can all be easily moved to other Wii U systems.


Miiverse (portmanteau of Mii And universe) is a communication system or social network created by Nintendo and powered by the Nintendo Network, which allows players to interact and share their experiences through their own Miis. The service will be available through Nintendo Network also for Nintendo 3DS,PC,Tablets and Smartphones.Miiverse was announced on June 3, 2012 during a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct event; the service is set to initially launch on the Wii U when the system arrives on November 18, but it will later be available on the Nintendo 3DS as well as web-enabled mobile devices.

The Miiverse logo

Nintendo TVii

Nintendo TVii is a free televison-based service which allows users to find programs on Hulu Plus and

The logo for Nintendo TVii

Amazon Instant Video
 and on their cable network.Then, the user can shows or movies they want and watch the both on the Gamepad and the TV.Users can also use the GamePad screen to get information on the show they are watching. This information is received from Wikipedia, IMDb7 & also other resources for 

A screenshot of the Nintendo Tvii movie section

TV shows & movies.The information provided on the GamePad for each show can include reviews, screenshots, player positions updated in realtimecast lists, trailers, and general information about the show. A Miiverse user named Sarah announced that the Nintendo TVii service and its Miiverse community would be shutting down August 11, 2015.

Wii U Sets

On September 13, 2012, Nintendo announced that North America launch date would be November 18, 2012.[68] and The Wii U will be available in two bundles: Basic and Deluxe. Now here is some info about the two sets plus the new third and fourth sets.

The box art for the ZombiU Deluxe Set

1. The Basic Set: this set only comes with every thing you need to play Wii U, but no packaged game inside the box or free downloadable game that your able to buy on the Nintendo eShop. Console color = White.

2.  The Deluxe Set: This set has everything the basic set has but also comes with 4 extra items: 1.Wii U 

The Wii U Deluxe Set Box Art

Gamepad charging cradle. 2.Wii U Gamepad stands. 3.Wii U console stands. And 4. The Nintendo Land packaged game. 3. The ZombiU Deluxe Set: It's a normal deluxe set but with 4 extra items 1.Nintendo Land is now a free downloadable game that your able to buy on the Nintendo eShop. 2. ZombiU comes in the set as a packaged game. 3. A Wii U Pro Controller. And 4. The set comes with a collectable ZombiU art booklet. 4. The Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set: It's the normal deluxe set Wii U but it comes the New Super Mario Bros. U game disc with the New Super Luigi U DLC on the disc, free for use.

The Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set Wii U


Main Article: List of Wii U games

The Wii U launched in North America with 29 launch titles, Europe got 26 launch titles and 25 games in Australia on November 30, and 11 games in Japan on December 8, 2012. Some Nintendo eShop games were able to buy on launch day.

Off-TV Play

The Wii U's Off-TV Play feature lets you play Wii U games without needing the TV to be powered on with the Wii U's GamePad accessory, as long as the Wii U is plugged into a power source. Because of a system update, we can play Wii Mode off the TV BUT it will need regular Wii Remotes and regular accessories to play Wii games on it. This feature is only available for certain games.

As the processing is done on the console and is transmitted to the GamePad, the user of the GamePad must still keep into the transmitting range (meaning near your console).

  1. Off-TV Play must be initially activated VIA a menu on the TV.
  2. Off-TV Play cannot be switched on/off during a game.
  3. An update is required to use the Off-TV Play feature.
  4. When using the feature in multiplayer, only platforms can be placed by the GamePad's touchscreen and a Wii Remote and/or a Wii U Pro Controller is required.
  5. Some activities require both the GamePad and TV screen and are not compatible with Off-TV Play.

This is a list of software compatible with Off-TV Play:


  • This is the first Nintendo home console to be bigger than it's predecessor.
  • This is one of the first Nintendo systems for the Japanese release to come after the North American one.
  • The Wii U Gamepad has a similar appearance to the Miles Electric gimmick in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.

External links

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