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The Wii U is a video game console from Nintendo that competes directly with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. First released in 2012, it replaces the Nintendo Wii and comes in white and black. The console is built on its predecessor's winning combination of family-friendly games and unique controllers. This emphasis on fun gameplay over hardware specification introduces console gaming to a wider audience.

A Different Kind of Game Console
For its second Wii console, Nintendo aims to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers with more powerful hardware and a wider selection of games. It packs a tri-core IBM PowerPC processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz along with a 550MHz AMD Radeon graphics card. The device has an internal flash memory with storage capacity up to 32GB and support for USB storage media and SD cards. Other notable features of the device include four USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Wii U console is the first Nintendo gaming device to support full HD graphics. It weighs only 3.5 pounds and is smaller than competing consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Besides its build, this console also differs from the competition by including a unique controller with an integrated touchscreen display.

The Many Ways to Control the Wii U
While it works with the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers from the original Wii, the second-generation console uses the GamePad as its primary input device. In addition, Nintendo offers hardcore gamers a traditional gamepad that resembles the Xbox 360 controller. The second Wii, however, only ships with the GamePad along with its stand, stylus and cradle.

The GamePad has a 6.2-inch LCD touchscreen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It also sports buttons for gameplay and TV control as well as two analog sticks, stereo speakers, a microphone, a sensor bar and a front-facing camera. The 1.1-pound controller boasts built-in accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and support for NFC.

What can the GamePad Do?
The GamePad can serve as the primary controller, a second controller for multiplayer games or a portable gaming device with gameplay streamed directly from the console to its screen. Also, the NFC scanner on the GamePad is an amiibo reader. It allows gamers to unlock extra features from supported Wii U games simply by tapping Nintendo's amiibo figurines on the controller.

The GamePad is much more than a mere controller. It can also serve as the remote for your home entertainment system. This handheld device has a TV control button that turns the GamePad into a television remote. Furthermore, the microphone and front-facing camera on the controller are necessary for video chats with other Wii gamers.

Enjoy a Library of Classic Nintendo Games
Nintendo's Wii consoles are home to many exclusive games beloved by generations of gamers. These titles include entries in the Super Mario franchise as well as Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong series. Compared to the other consoles, most Wii U games are age-appropriate for young children. In addition, the second-generation console is backward compatible with the original Wii. This means that all Wii titles are playable on its successor. Besides the games themselves, Wii users can also migrate their saved gameplay files to the new console and pick up right where they left off on their old Wii.

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