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Wii U

The Wii U logo.

Wii U console and controller

The Wii U console alongside the Wii U GamePad.

The Wii U is a video game console developed by Nintendo and is the successor to the Wii. The Wii U GamePad is the primary controller for the Wii U. The Wii U is playable both on a standard television screen and on the Wii U GamePad.

The Wii U is Nintendo's first console to support high-definition graphics.[1]

The Wii U is backward compatible with Wii games. Due to this, all Sonic the Hedgehog games released on the Wii are also playable on the Wii U (though the Wii U does not support GameCube controllers for the Wii games that were compatible with it on the Wii console). The Wii U also offers an online service; the Nintendo Network. Due to its failure of competing against the other eight generation consoles, the Wii U is considered to be one of Nintendo's worst selling game console.[2]

There are two versions of the Wii U: the Basic White (8GB) and Deluxe Black (32GB).


Wii U GamePad

Wii U controller illustration

The Wii U GamePad.

The Wii U GamePad is the primary controller for the Wii U. It features a built-in touchscreen, which can either supplement or replicate the gameplay shown on the main display, and can function as a standalone screen without the use of a television screen. (This feature is often called Off-TV Play.)

Wii Remote

Aside from the console's backward compatibility with Wii games, the Wii Remote and its peripheral extensions (Nunchunk, Classic Controller etc.) are also supported in most Wii U games.

Wii U Pro Controller

Wii U Pro white black

The Wii U Pro Controller.

The Wii U Pro Controller is the second controller released for the console, available separately.[3] Like more traditional controllers, it features standard control sticks, buttons, and triggers. Many video game journalists have noted the similarities between this controller and Microsoft's Xbox 360 Controller.[4][5] However, Nintendo claims that the design of the Pro Controller is an “enhanced version” of the Wii Classic Controller and "offers a richer experience".[6]

The Wii U Pro Controller is compatible with most supported Wii U games but is incompatible with Wii games.

Nintendo GameCube controller

Nintendo GameCube controllers can be used with the Wii U via a USB accessory although it is only compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and cannot be used for any other software.


Sonic Amiibo Figure

A Sonic the Hedgehog Amiibo

As of November 21, 2014, the Wii U supports Amiibo, a series of figurines which uses near field communication on selected software.

A Sonic the Hedgehog Amiibo figure was unveiled on November 10, 2014 and was released on 10 February 2015. Currently, it can only be used for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Maker, and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

List of Sonic games on the Wii U

Box artwork gallery

Virtual Console

As with the Wii, the Wii U also features a Virtual Console section in the Nintendo e-Shop where past video games most which were previously released on past Nintendo consoles, can be downloaded and played on the Wii U. Some of these include the following Sonic games:


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