Description of this console:

The spectacular success of Nintendo's Wii console, released November 19, 2006, caused majors waves in the video game industry, sending competitors Sony and Microsoft scrambling to introduce their own motion-controlled gaming accessories in the form of PlayStation Move and Kinect. But, amid criticism of poor graphics, scant online gaming options, and a lack of titles for "hardcore" gamers, the Wii's meteoric sales numbers began to stagnate by the system's third year on the market, and by the end of 2011 system sales had almost completely flatlined. And so on November 18, 2012, nearly six years to the day of the Wii's release, Nintendo's Wii U hit North American stores, marking the first time the video game giant had released a truly high-definition console.

The standout feature of the Wii U is its tablet-sized controller, known as the Wii U GamePad. In the center of the gamepad is a 6.2-inch LCD touch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the controller also includes a D-Pad, two analog sticks, two triggers, two shoulder buttons, and nine face buttons. Developers can use the screen to introduce mini-games, maps, or inventory menus, and in some cases users can continue playing their game exclusively on the controller while their TV is turned off or being used for other purposes. Other built-in features include a front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers, rumble ability, motion controls, a sensor bar, and Near Field Communication functionality. A stylus, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and AC adapter for recharging the device are also included.

Internally, the Wii U features an IBM PowerPC 750-based tri-core processor, an AMD Radeon high-definition GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage for the Basic Set, or 32GB of storage for the Deluxe Set. Online functionality includes multiplayer gaming, video chatting, digital downloads, the Miiverse social networking system, and an Internet browser. Users can use the Nintendo TVii feature to access movies and television shows from streaming video services and cable providers, and the GamePad can be used as a universal TV remote.

Wii U games come on DVD-sized 25GB single-layer discs, and the system is compatible with most games and accessories from the Wii, including the Wii MotionPlus, the Nunchuk, and the Wii Balance Board. There were more than 20 Wii U games available on launch day, including first-party Nintendo titles like Sing Party, Nintendo Land, and New Super Mario Bros. U, as well and big third-party titles such as Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Mass Effect 3: Special Edition.

Wii Fit U - Official Trailer

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