|Type||Video game console|
|Generation||Eighth generation era|
|First available|| / November 18, 2012|
November 30, 2012
November 30, 2012
December 8, 2012
|CPU||Tri-core PowerPC750-family "Espresso"|
|GPU||AMD Radeon HD series "Latte"|
|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, GameCube controller (via an adapter)|
USB 2.0 x4
LAN Adapter (via USB)
|Online service||Nintendo Network|
Wii U (Japanese: U~ī U, Wii U) (/ˌwiː ˈjuː/ wee yoo) codenamed Project Café, is the sixth home video game console released by Nintendo. It is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics, capable of producing video output up to 1080p, and has 2 GB of RAM with half dedicated to the console's operating system.
The console was released in two versions: a "Basic" white-colored version with 8 GB of internal Flash storage; and a "Deluxe"/"Premium" black-colored version with 32 GB of Flash storage. The Deluxe package additionally includes stands for the console and for the GamePad, a charging dock for the GamePad, and a pack-in game. An HDMI cable is included with both versions. The Wii U's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The touchscreen is used to supplement the main gameplay shown on the television or, with games supporting Off TV Play, can allow the player to continue playing games by displaying the main gameplay even when the television is off. In addition to the Wii U GamePad, a more traditional controller, called the Wii U Pro Controller, may be used.
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 4 out of 5 games in the series on the Wii U, aside from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.