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A Wii U with Gamepad


A model Wii U at E3 2011.


The Wii U was proceeded by the Nintendo Wii.

One gamepad prototype was essentially a screen with two wiimotes attached to it.[1]

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata sketched the idea for Amiibo while riding a bullet train (Shinkansen) to Tokyo in the later part of 2013.[2][3]


I actually am baffled by it, I don’t think it’s going to be a big success.
—Nolan K. Bushnell, New York Times article, 2012[4]


The typical MSRP of games raised to $59.99, up from $49.99 for Wii games.[5]

At launch in 2012 the 8GB Basic Wii U cost $299.99 and the 32GB Deluxe Wii U cost $349.99.[5]

Third Party Support[edit]

Some third party developers, such as Team Ninja, noted the relative ease of development for the system, comparing it to consoles from the previous generation, such as the Xbox 360.[6] Other third party developers, such as Bethesda, noted that Nintendo did not approach them early enough for them to offer viable support for the Wii U.[7]


In the beginning, Wii U games had paper manuals, with Wii U games shifting to digital manuals around 2014.[8][9]


Nintendo reported much lower sales of the Wii U then expected in 2014, leading to financial worries.[10]

In 2015, Nintendo Amiibo sales were very high.[11]

In 2015, Nintendo withdrew from the Brazilian market.[12]


Production of the Wii U ended in January of 2017.[13][14] 13.56 million Wii U consoles and 103.21 million Wii U games were sold over the course of the system.[15]

The Wii U was succeeded by the Nintendo Switch, and eventually many Wii U exclusives were ported to that console.

In 2020 some sought out older Wii U consoles due to shortages of the Nintendo Switch during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]



The Wii U is powered by a three core IBM Power-PC 750 CPU clocked at 1.243125 gigahertz and produced on a 45 nanometer SOI process.[17][18][19]

The Wii U uses a AMD Radeon GPU clocked at 549.999755 megahertz similar to the AMD RV770 GPU series (HD 4000) and built on a 40 nanometer process supporting up to 1080p output.[17][18][19][20] The GPU has 320 stream processors, 16 texture mapping units, and eight render output units.[20]

The Wii U has four gigabytes of shared DDR3-1600 RAM with up to 12.8 gigabytes a second of bandwidth.[19]

The basic Wii U has eight gigabytes of storage, and the premium Wii U has 32 gigabytes of storage.[17]

Console Hardware[edit]

The Wii U supports 2.4 gigahertz Wi-Fi b/g/n.[17][19][21] The Wii U has an additional Wi-Fi N controller to Miracast to the GamePad.[19]

The Wii U has an optical disk reader which uses 25 gigabyte disks with rounded edges and has read speeds of up to 22 megabytes a second.[19][22]

The Wii U has four USB ports, one of which can be used with an external storage drive or thumb drive for extra space.[17][23] The WIi U can use SDHC cards up to 32 gigabytes of size.[17]


The GamePad has a 6.2" LCD with a resolution of 854 by 480 pixels and a resistive touch screen that does not support multi-touch.[24][25]

The GamePad has an NFC radio built in to use Amiibo.[23]

The GamePad has an IR remote to control television sets.[23]


The Wii U runs its own specialized operating system.[26]

Notable Games[edit]



The Wonderful 101 at the 2013 Comic Con International

2013 was promoted by Nintendo as the Year of Luigi as the 30th anniversary of his first appearance.



The Satoru Iwata memorial at the Nintendo World Store in 2015
StarFox Zero at E3 2015


Breath of the Wild at E3 2016



Nintendo Wii U[edit]

Wii U Controllers[edit]

Wii U Chips[edit]

External Resources[edit]


  1. Kersey, Ben (7 December 2012). "Nintendo details the history and prototypes of the Wii U" (in en). https://www.theverge.com/2012/12/7/3739626/nintendo-wii-u-history-prototypes. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  2. "Inside Nintendo's Plan to Stay Alive for the Next 125 Years". https://time.com/3749061/nintendo-mobile-gaming/. Retrieved 19 November 2020. 
  3. "Iwata Came Up With Amiibo on a Train in Late 2013". 19 March 2015. https://gamnesia.com/iwata-came-up-with-amiibo-on-a-train-in-late-2013/. Retrieved 19 November 2020. 
  4. Wingfield, Nick (24 November 2012). "Nintendo Confronts a Changed Video Game World (Published 2012)". https://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/technology/nintendos-wii-u-takes-aim-at-a-changed-video-game-world.html. Retrieved 12 November 2020. 
  5. a b McElroy, Griffin (13 September 2012). "Wii U games will cost $59.99" (in en). The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2012/9/13/3328300/wii-u-games-price. Retrieved 20 October 2020. 
  6. Souppouris, Aaron (1 February 2012). "Team Ninja: Wii U is 'very easy to develop for'" (in en). The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2012/2/1/2763225/nintendo-wii-u-easy-to-develop-for-team-ninja. Retrieved 20 October 2020. 
  7. Rose, Mike. "Bethesda: It's too late for third-party support on Wii U" (in en). www.gamasutra.com. https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/199456/Bethesda_Its_too_late_for_thirdparty_support_on_Wii_U.php. Retrieved 20 October 2020. 
  8. Totilo, Stephen (February 5th, 2014). "Nintendo Is Slowly Reinventing The Video Game Instruction Manual" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/nintendo-is-slowly-reinventing-the-video-game-instructi-1515814941. Retrieved 20 October 2020. 
  9. Totilo, Stephen (March 14th, 2017). "Even Nintendo Seems To Be Abandoning Game Instruction Manuals" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/even-nintendo-seems-to-be-abandoning-game-instruction-m-1793260316. Retrieved 20 October 2020. 
  10. Pfanner, Eric (29 January 2014). "Flat Sales of Wii U Put Nintendo in the Hot Seat (Published 2014)". https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/technology/flat-sales-of-wii-u-put-nintendo-in-hot-seat.html. Retrieved 12 November 2020. 
  11. Byford, Sam (15 January 2015). "Nintendo is selling millions of $12.99 plastic figurines" (in en). https://www.theverge.com/2015/1/15/7554873/nintendo-amiibo-sales. Retrieved 19 November 2020. 
  12. Good, Owen S. (10 January 2015). "Nintendo ends console and game distribution in Brazil, citing high taxes" (in en). Polygon. https://www.polygon.com/2015/1/10/7524759/nintendo-brazil-wii-u-3ds-tariffs-taxes. Retrieved 26 October 2020. 
  13. "Wii U Production Ends Worldwide". https://www.gamespot.com/articles/wii-u-production-ends-worldwide/1100-6447419. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  14. "Nintendo Switch overtakes the Wii U". 31 January 2018. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42885803. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  15. "IR Information : Sales Data - Dedicated Video Game Sales Units" (in en). https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/hard_soft/. Retrieved 26 October 2020. 
  16. "Why You Should Buy A Wii U If You Can’t Get A Nintendo Switch". 1 April 2020. https://screenrant.com/nintendo-switch-sold-out-wii-u-worth-2020/. Retrieved 13 November 2020. 
  17. a b c d e f "Technical Specifications". https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Wii-U/Hardware-Features/Specifications/Specifications-664742.html. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  18. a b "Wii U CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed; not the end of the world, but not great either - ExtremeTech". https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/142002-wii-u-cpu-and-gpu-clock-speeds-revealed-not-the-end-of-the-world-but-not-great-either. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  19. a b c d e f Shimpi, Anand Lal. "Nintendo Wii U Teardown". https://www.anandtech.com/show/6465/nintendo-wii-u-teardown. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  20. a b Leadbetter, Richard (5 February 2013). "Wii U graphics power finally revealed" (in en). https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/df-hardware-wii-u-graphics-power-finally-revealed. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  21. "Nintendo Support: Compatible Wireless Modes and Wireless Security Types". https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/498/~/compatible-wireless-modes-and-wireless-security-types. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  22. "Take a very, very close look at the round-edged Wii U proprietary discs" (in en). https://www.engadget.com/2012-11-12-nintendo-wii-u-proprietary-disc.html. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  23. a b c Stein, Scott. "Wii U review: A fun system for kids, but you should probably wait for the Switch" (in en). https://www.cnet.com/reviews/nintendo-wii-u-review/2/. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  24. Pierce, David (18 November 2012). "Nintendo Wii U review" (in en). https://www.theverge.com/2012/11/18/3658130/nintendo-wii-u-review. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  25. "Nintendo Wii U Review" (in en). https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nintendo-wii-u. Retrieved 8 November 2020. 
  26. "Wii U Operating System". 17 May 2012. https://nintendotoday.com/wii-u-operating-system/. Retrieved 13 November 2020.