The Wii U is the sixth home video game console released by Nintendo. The console is the direct successor to the Wii and 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. It features a 6-inch touchscreen capable of streaming gameplay seen on the TV screen, serving an original purpose to the intended game, or playing 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 by itself is not directly backwards-compatible with GameCube discs and controllers. However, an official adapter was made to connect GameCube controllers to a Wii U; the adapter, however, is designed to work only with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
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. It was released later that year at varying times depnding on the region.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was released for the Wii U on November 21st, 2014 in North America, in Europe on November 28, 2014, in Australia and New Zealand on November 29, 2014, and in Japan on December 6, 2014. 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. (on Virtual Console for Wii). There are no plans to add GameCube games to the Virtual Console, but members of Nintendo such as Reggie Fils-Aime have expressed interest in adding Nintendo GameCube games to the Virtual Console. If so, the Wii U would allow one to play all four games in the series on the Wii U, aside from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
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