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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. The Wii U also offers an online service; the Nintendo Network. There is also an official GameCube controller adapter out for the Wii U. However, no Sonic games are compatible with it. 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 types of the Wii U: the Basic White (8GB) and Deluxe Black (32GB).

Wii U

The Wii U logo.


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.) The console is also be compatible with the Wii Remote Plus, Wii Nunchuk and Wii Balance Board, as well as a Wii U Pro Controller for more traditional controls.[3] Two GamePads are supported per console.

The Wii U also supports asymmetric competition, where the player using the GamePad has one experience and wins in a certain way, while competing players have different ways to play and win.

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. 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]


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 February 10, 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


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