Wii U

The is a home video game console created by Nintendo and the successor to the Wii. The system was released on 18 November 2012 in North America; on 30 November 2012 in PAL regions; and on 8 December 2012 in Japan. As the first entry in the eighth generation of video game home consoles, it competes with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics. The system’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display (either providing an alternate, asymmetric gameplay experience, or a means of local multiplayer without resorting to a split screen), or in supported games, play the game directly on the GamePad without using a television. Games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo’s more traditionally designed Wii U Pro Controller for input. The Wii U is backward-compatible with most games released for the Wii. Online functionality on the Wii U centers around Miiverse, an integrated social networking service which allows users to share content in game-specific communities. The Wii U was released to mixed reception: critics noted issues with certain aspects of the console’s user interface, the fact that the Wii U was presumed to be less powerful than competing eighth-generation consoles, and a weak lineup of launch titles. These shortcomings resulted in initial poor sales for the console: critics began to question the future viability of the Wii U, and some third-party studios (including, most prominently, Electronic Arts) began to downplay their support for the console in comparison to the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One as part of their multi-platform strategies. Wii U adoption began to gain momentum following a price cut in August 2013, and the release of several major first-party titles for the system over the following months—including new installments in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. franchises. Mario Kart 8 would go on to become the best-selling Wii U title worldwide, selling over 4.77 million copies , while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would sell over 490,000 copies in the United States in its first three days of availability, making it the fastest-selling Wii U game in the country.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He has written for Den of Geek, Fortean Times, IT PRO, PC Pro, ALPHR, and many other technology sites. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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