Wii U replaced Wii in 2012 as Nintendo’s flagship video game console. It’s a direct competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but is more of a niche player due to its lack of mainstream game titles. Every Wii U comes with a touchscreen Wii U GamePad that not only acts as a game controller, but its 6.5-inch display can also be used to play full games independent from a TV. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Wii U is nearing the end of its lifespan as information regarding nintendo’s next home video game console (codenamed NX) have started to emerge.
The console’s connectivity options and tech specs include HDMI, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 1.24GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC CPU, and 8GB/32GB storage capacities. Most original Wii games are supported. The Wii U’s greatest strength is its lineup of exclusive first-party game titles including: Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Mario Maker.