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
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3]

On October 20, 2016, the successor to the Wii U was announced, the Nintendo Switch.[4] It is Nintendo's ninth-generation console, and is a hybrid between portable and home systems, with a detachable tablet-like controller.[5] 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.


Games playable on the Wii U:

Game JP Release EG Release
Nintendo Land 2012 2012
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 2014 2014
Animal Crossing Plaza 2013 2013
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival 2015 2015

Games playable on the Wii U Virtual Console:

Game NA Release EU Release
Animal Crossing: Wild World 2016 2015

By backwards compatibility:

Game JP Release EG Release
Animal Crossing: City Folk 2008 2008



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