Just released on November 18, 2012 was the Wii U, an eighth generation video game console. Unlike the Wii, the Wii U has a lot more features that the Wii normally doesn't have. But of course, Wii games can still be played on this system, as there is a backwards-compatibility Wii Menu included. A Wii Remote is, however, indeed required to play the games and use the Wii Menu. The Wii U comes with a game pad and a recharger that can come in handy if the pad runs out of power.

The Wii U was also released in Europe on November 30, 2012, and in Japan on December 8, 2012. It was unveiled on June 7, 2011 during the E3 2011 conference. The Wii U is priced at between $299.99 and $349.99.

The Nintendo eShop originally only sold NES and Super NES games as Virtual Console titles, with games from later consoles joining in 2014, starting with the Game Boy Advance, then the Nintendo 64 in 2015.

The Wii U was discontinued in early 2017, ending the eighth generation of video game consoles.


Some notable Wii U games include New Super Mario Bros. U (2012), Super Mario 3D World (2013), Mario Kart 8 (2014), Super Mario Maker (2015), and Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016).


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