Wii U

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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Home Console
Release date(s) United States of America November 18, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012
Discontinued Worldwide January 31, 2017[1]
Media Wii U Optical Disc, Digital download
  • Gamepad
  • Wii Remote
  • Wii Classic Controller
  • Pro Controller
  • Nintendo GameCube Controller
Predecessor Wii
Successor Nintendo Switch

The Wii U (ウィー・ユー, Wī Yū), also known by its codename Project Café, is a discontinued gaming console developed by Nintendo.[2] It is a successor to the Wii and has a similar appearance and color scheme. The Wii U is part of the eighth generation of consoles, though still competed alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which are seventh generation consoles.[3] The systems main focus is different styles of playing. The controller has a 6-inch touch screen in the center, along with an analog stick on each side, a control pad, and the A, B, X, and Y buttons found on the Nintendo DS. There are also ZL, ZR, L, and R buttons. A microphone, speakers, and an inward-facing camera are also on the controller.

The Wii U was first thought of in 2008.[4] After discovering a lack of interest for hard-core gamers for the Wii, Nintendo started to work on a system that would appeal to both them and the casual gaming audiences.[4]

On October 20, 2016, the successor to the Wii U was announced, the Nintendo Switch.[5] It is Nintendo's ninth-generation console, and is a hybrid between portable and home systems, with a detachable tablet-like controller.[6] The Switch was released worldwide on March 3, 2017.

The Wii U can also be found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, pressing A near it will give the player the opportunity to play Desert Island Escape.

Animal Crossing-related games[edit]

Wii U games[edit]

Game Image Release date(s)
Nintendo Land Nintendo Land Box NA.png United States of America November 18, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012
Animal Crossing Plaza Animal Crossing Plaza Icon.png United States of America August 7, 2013
Europe August 7, 2013
Japan August 8, 2013
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Super Smash Bros Wii U Cover.png United States of America November 21, 2014
Europe November 28, 2014
Australia November 29, 2014
Japan December 6, 2014
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival AF Box North America.jpg United States of America November 13, 2015
Europe November 20, 2015
Japan November 21, 2015
Australia November 21, 2015

Virtual Console[edit]

Game Image Release date(s)
Animal Crossing: Wild World WW Box NA.jpg Europe November 19, 2015
Australia November 19, 2015
Japan July 27, 2016
United States of America October 13, 2016

Backwards compatibility[edit]

Game Image Release date(s) Available By
Super Smash Bros. Brawl SSBB.jpg Japan January 31, 2008
United States of America March 9, 2008
Australia June 26, 2008
Europe June 27, 2008
Wii Disc
Animal Crossing: City Folk CF Box NA.jpg United States of America November 16, 2008
Japan November 17, 2008
Australia December 4, 2008
Europe December 5, 2008
Wii Disc



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