Wii U (Platform)

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The Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. Released in late 2012, it is the first eighth-generation video game console and competed with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.

The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics. The system's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display or in supported games to play the game directly on the GamePad. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used in its place as a more traditional alternative. The Wii U is backward compatible with all Wii software and accessories. Games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo's Classic Controller or Wii U Pro Controller. Online functionality centers around the Nintendo Network platform and Miiverse, an integrated social networking service which allowed users to share content in game-specific communities.

Response to the Wii U was mixed. It was praised for its innovative GamePad controller, improvements to online functionality over the Wii, backwards compatibility with Wii software and peripherals, and price; however, it was criticized for its user interface and functionality, and the GamePad's short battery life. It had low sales, primarily credited to a weak lineup of launch games, limited third-party support, and poor marketing including the lack of distinguishing the unique functionality of the GamePad from just being a tablet device for the Wii. Wii U production ended in January 2017. On March 3, 2017, Nintendo released its successor, the Nintendo Switch, which retained and refined concepts introduced with the Wii U.

Release dates:
2012-12-28 (JP)
2012-11-18 (NA)
2012-11-30 (EU)
2013-11-26 (BR)
Introduction price:
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Operating SystemWii U OSCPU1,24 GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC ''Espresso''
Memory2 GB DDR3 @ 1600MHzStorage8 GB internal flash (Basic), 32 GB internal flash (Deluxe). USB mass storage device, SD/SDHC Card
Graphics550 MHz AMD Radeon ''Latte''Sound5,1 Linear PCM, Dolby Surround (Wii mode)
Online serviceNintendo NetworkOutputComposite, S-Video, YPbPr component, RGB SCART, D-Terminal, HDMI
Supported Resolutions480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080pConnectivityWi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth 4,0 and 4x USB 2,0

Games released on Wii U