What It Is
The Wii U is an entirely new console from Nintendo and the successor to the game company’s hugely successful console, the Nintendo Wii. It’s a more powerful console than the Wii with a totally new way to play games using the Wii U GamePad, which is a wireless, touch-screen controller.
Why It’s Fun
The more powerful console means games can be created with better graphics but what really makes the Wii U so much fun is the GamePad. In addition to the touch-screen, the GamePad has a control pad, two sticks and buttons on the surface and top that makes playing just about any game possible. It also has an internal gyroscope that allows you to control games by tilting and turning the GamePad plus a built-in camera that can add augmented reality features to games.
Single player games can use the GamePad as a Heads Up Display (HUD), for displaying maps or even as a viewer that allows players to look through it and find objects tied into the game. Multiplayer games will allow one player to control the game that everyone else in the room is playing.
The GamePad comes with Nintendo TVii that turns the GamePad into a universal remote control and entertainment hub. You can search your cable channels and select what to watch, set up shortcuts for favorites, comment on what you are watching and search streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.
Who It’s For
Much of the Wii’s success was due to it’s ability to appeal to people of all ages and people who wouldn’t typically consider themselves gamers. It was the first console that successfully catered to everyone in the house from toddlers to grandparents. The only segment of the population that didn’t love the Wii was hardcore gamers. The Wii U should have just as far reaching an appeal while also giving hardcore gamers the ability to play the games that they want. The Wii U is just as capable at supporting the standard Nintendo games as it is a game like Assassin’s Creed.
What To Be Aware Of
The Wii U is available in two sets – Basic and Deluxe – and both sets come with one GamePad. The Basic Set, which has a white console and GamePad, has 8 Giga Bites of memory and the Deluxe Set, with a black console and GamePad, has 32 Giga Bites of memory plus the GamePad cradle and console stand plus the game, Nintendo Land.
In addition to the GamePad, the Wii U uses Wii-Remotes to allow up to four additional players (5 total) to play. Neither set is sold with Wii-Remotes, however, the same Wii-Remotes that work with the Wii will work with the Wii U.
You can transfer data, including Miis and saved games, from a Wii to the Wii U, however, once transferred, the data cannot be transferred back.
The Wii U is backwards compatible and can play Wii games.
The Wii U has limitless replay value because of the built-in capabilities (Wii TVii) and constantly growing list of games.