Wii U

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Wii U
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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game console
Generation Eighth generation era
First available NA November 18, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012
CPU Tri-core PowerPC750-family "Espresso"
GPU AMD Radeon HD series
Media 12 cm Wii U Optical Disc, 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
System storage Internal flash memory, SD card, SDHC Card, USB mass storage device
Controller input Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller
Connectivity Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB 2.0 x2
LAN Adapter (via USB)
Online service Nintendo Network
Backward compatibility Wii
Predecessor Wii
Article on Nintendo Wiki Wii U

The Wii U is the sixth home video game console released by Nintendo. The console is the direct successor to the Wii. It competes with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One console in the eighth generation of video game systems.

The console is capable of 1080p graphics, but its main distinguishing feature is its controller, the Wii U GamePad featuring a 6-inch touchscreen capable of streaming gameplay seen on the TV screen, serving an original purpose to the intended game, or play the whole game altogether. The controller also features a camera. The Wii U is backwards-compatible with the Wii, supporting up to four Wii Remotes and all such accessories. A more traditional controller called the Wii U Pro Controller is also available. Unlike the Wii, the Wii U is not backwards-compatible with the GameCube, so it is not able to be played with the GameCube controller.

Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2011 E3 press conference, before revealing new details at a Nintendo Direct conference one day before E3 2012.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The currently in-development Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is said to be released for the Wii U in the winter of 2014, after the Nintendo 3DS version. As the Wii U is backwards-compatible with Wii games and the Wii Virtual Console, the console can also run Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros.; the addition of GameCube games to the Virtual Console is not currently planned, but members of Nintendo such as Reggie Fils-Aime have expressed interest in adding GameCube games to the Virtual Console. If true, the Wii U would allow one to play all four games in the series on the Wii U.

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Trivia[edit]

  • This is the first Nintendo home console since the SNES to share a portion of its name with its predecessor.
  • According to Yoshiaki Koizumi, the Wii U was never shown to Nintendo's software development team prior to its unveiling at E3 2011.

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