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Nintendo Wii U
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Release Date

United States November 18, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012

The Nintendo Wii U is the sixth home video game console made by Nintendo to be released internationally. It is Nintendo's first console to feature high definition graphics outputting at 1080p. Its most prominent feature is the GamePad, a controller with a screen. Furthermore, the Wii U is backwards compatible with all Nintendo Wii games. Upon launch, it was available in a standard white version, as well as a deluxe black version and was the only eighth generation video game console to ship with an HDMI cable.


Every Wii U comes with a GamePad that is essentially a controller with a built-in touch screen. It functions much like the lower screen of the Nintendo DS and 3DS handhelds. The Wii U does not support the use of more than one GamePad.

Nintendo also released a more traditional controller, the Wii U Pro Controller. The Wii U Pro Controller does not have a screen and is supported by most Wii U games. In many games, multiple Pro Controllers can be used at the same time.

Furthermore, some Wii U games support the use of Wii Remotes, which can be used with or without a Nunchuck or Classic Controller, depending on the game.

Backwards Compatibility

The Wii U is backwards compatible with all Nintendo Wii games and is able to emulate a Wii itself, thus allowing access to all Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare titles. However, playing Wii games requires the use of a Wii Remote, which is not included in the Wii U package.

Wii Virtual Console games can only be accessed using the Wii Menu. For games that are also available on the Wii U Virtual Console (such as Ocarina of Time), the Wii version can be transferred to the Wii U menu for a fee.


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Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest

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The Wind Waker HD

Main article: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

An HD version of The Wind Waker was released in 2013. It was also available in a Wii U bundle that came with a limited edition The Wind Waker GamePad.

NES Remix series

Main article: NES Remix
Main article: NES Remix 2

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NES Remix, released in December 2013, includes challenges based on The Legend of Zelda; while NES Remix 2, released in April 2014, includes challenges based on The Adventure of Link.

A disc compiling the two games, NES Remix Pack, was released in Japan and America only.

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Breath of the Wild

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Virtual Console