Wii U

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January 24, 2022

Wii U (ウ ィ ー ・ ユ ー Wī Yū ?, pronounced like the English pronouns we [wiː] "we" and you [juː] "you" or "you") is a video game console manufactured by Nintendo. It happens to Wii while not replacing it in some countries and was the first eighth generation desktop console to be released. Its main competitors are Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.

History

Development

Nintendo began the development of the Wii U in 2008, after recognizing some intrinsic limitations of the Wii, seen by the public as too "casual" console compared to the main competitors both from a playful and technical point of view. The most common criticisms leveled at the system were for example the lack of support for high definition and a consistent multiplayer mode on the network. Through Wii U, Nintendo therefore intended to bring "hardcore" gamers back to its platform and to do so decided that new hardware was needed. Several ideas were discussed regarding the way forward to achieve the goal and for this the project started from scratch on several occasions. Finally, after having also thought of installing a small screen on the controller to indicate some information to the player (idea similar to the VMU of the Sega Dreamcast), a gamepad model with a generously sized screen was developed that was initially thought not economically feasible.

Public announcement

Wii U was shown to users for the first time on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles during E3, more than a year ahead of its main competitors and almost six years after the Wii predecessor system, the best-selling console of the previous generation. it was beginning to feel the effects of a saturation of the market. The first games were announced at the following E3 2012 and were New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Assassin's Creed III and ZombiU, while a big surprise aroused the announcement of Bayonetta 2, a sequel to one of the most acclaimed action-games of the previous generation, exclusively for the Nintendo machine. For the first time in the history of Nintendo's home consoles, the sale of Wii U to the public started earlier in western markets than in the motherland: precisely, the console was put on sale on November 18, 2012 in the United States and Canada, on November 30 in Europe and December 8 in Japan.

Termination of production

In April 2016, Nintendo announced that the console was scheduled to be discontinued in March 2018, ahead of the launch of the Nintendo Switch. Later, on January 31, 2017, the company announced the cessation of production of Wii U.

Overview

Features

The immediately distinctive feature of this console compared to the previous ones lies in its control system, called the Wii U GamePad, whose name is an evident mention from the Nintendo Entertainment System controller. The accessory, completely wireless, is equipped with a resistive touch screen capable of displaying completely different information compared to that displayed on the TV. This system therefore allows an asymmetrical game mode in which the image transmitted on the GamePad integrates and completes the one present on the TV. Alternatively and depending on the games it is possible to allow the user to disconnect from the obligation to occupy a TV while using the system, displaying the same image on the TV on the Wii U gamepad. The Wii U is also the first Nintendo console to offer Full-HD 1080p high definition graphics, even though the games only supported 720p. To make sure that users could immediately take advantage of this feature, the Kyoto house decided to include an HDMI cable in the sales package. The internal optical drive supports, in addition to Wii 12 cm NOD discs, also proprietary discs called "iDensity" capable of os

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