The Wii U, codenamed as Project Cafe, is an eighth generation console system released by Nintendo on November 18, 2012. This console is an upgraded version of the Wii, much like the Nintendo 3DS family is to the normal Nintendo DS family. It was announced on June 7, 2011. As of January 31, 2017, it is discontinued in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan, while it is still in production in other parts of the world.


The Wii U has a new controller with a screen on it. This controller, much like the DS and 3DS, is touch screen. To add on to this, the game can still be played without the TV needed. This new controller also can be used to see a different view of the game. With this new controller, five people can now play a multiplayer game of that sort (four with Wii Remotes and one with the new controller).

Unlike the Wii, this system does not have backwards compatibility with the Nintendo GameCube, and only to the Wii itself. However, games are still downloadable from the Shop Channel.

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  • This is the first Nintendo home console to be bigger than its predecessor.
  • This is the second Nintendo home console to be released in North America before Japan.
  • This is the first Nintendo console to primarily use the previous console's controllers as well as new controllers, as all current Wii controllers and accessories have been rebranded.
  • This is the first system since the Sega Dreamcast to feature 2 screens without the use of any outside game systems, though the Dreamcast relied on the additional VMU. 
  • The Wii U uses much less energy than most devices, at 37kWh/ year. It's even less than the Wii's 40kWh/year.


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