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Intro to the Nintendo Wii U

As the Wii aged and it seemed time for the next generation to appear, Nintendo's Wii U hit retail nearly a year before either Sony or Microsoft's Generation 8 consoles. I was excited to purchase the Wii U, but I waited to see how it's success compared with that of the Wii. I wondered if Nintendo could replicate the success of the Wii with this new - very similarly named - video game console.

Those who purchased the Wii U were treated to a great console that was quickly maligned by dolts who believe processing power isn the only metric to judging a gaming console. Personally, I feel misinformation on social media played a key role in the Wii U's demise. It was quickly phased out at the end of 2016 as the NES Classic Edition was introduced to delight Nintendo fans... before the release of the Switch which needed a home-run success to reignite Nintendo's reign among gamers. The Wii U suffered marketing issues, but was a very good console.

The second-screen potential of the Wii U Gamepad was greatly under utilized. Very few games tok advantage of the unique gameplay that could result from this screen. Some games could be played on the Gamepad alone, freeing the TV for other purposes, but few devs seemed interested in creating a unique gaming experience via the second screen option.

Nintendo Wii U - Technical Specifications

The Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo, and the successor to the Wii. The console was released in November 2012 and was the first eighth-generation video game console, as it competes with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.

The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics. The system's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, and combines directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display (either providing an alternate, asymmetric gameplay experience, or a means of local multiplayer without resorting to a split screen), or in supported games, to play the game directly on the GamePad independently of the television.

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