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
  • Wii U GamePad
  • Wii Remote
  • Wii Classic Controller
  • Wii U Pro Controller
  • Nintendo GameCube Controller
Predecessor Wii
Successor Nintendo Switch

The Wii U[nb 1] is a home gaming console developed by Nintendo and is the successor to the Wii. The console's main selling point is the Wii U GamePad, which not only allowed for dual screen support, but allowed players to play off the TV. The console also featured a NFC port for amiibo support for a select number of games, including Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival.

One spin-off Animal Crossing game was released on the Wii U: Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Additionally, a free social application, Animal Crossing Plaza, was released, Animal Crossing: Wild World was re-released on the Virtual Console, and Animal Crossing crossover content is featured in Nintendo Land, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Mario Kart 8, with the latter being part of a downloadable content pack.

The Wii U was one of Nintendo's least successful consoles, only selling around 13.56 million units.[2] It was discontinued in January 2017,[1] but much of Wii U's original concept would form the basis for the Nintendo Switch.

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
EuropeAustralia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012
Animal Crossing Plaza Animal Crossing Plaza Icon.png United States of AmericaEurope August 7, 2013
Japan August 8, 2013
Mario Kart 8 MK8 NA Box Art.jpg Japan May 29, 2014
United States of AmericaEurope May 30, 2014
Australia May 31, 2014
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
JapanAustralia November 21, 2015

Virtual Console[edit]

Game Image Release date(s)
Animal Crossing: Wild World WW Home Menu Icon Wii U NA.png 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

Appearances in the Animal Crossing series[edit]


In the Animal Crossing series[edit]


  1. Japanese: ウィー・ユー Hepburn: Wī YūWii U


  1. 1.0 1.1 Allegra Frank (January 31, 2017). "Final Wii U models discontinued in Japan". Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  2. Nintendo. "Dedicated Video Game Sales Units". nintendo.co.jp.

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