Topic: What's the difference between Wii U and Wii?

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What's the difference between Wii U and Wii?
I'm thinking of getting Pokepark from Wii, but then theres more Pokemon games from Wii U. What's the difference?



The Wii U was an upgraded version of the Wii, which had a touchscreen, dock (like the switch), and had better graphics. Some of the games are cross-compatible with other systems (like smash bros which is on the Wii U and 3DS, or BOTW which is on both the switch and Wii U). The Wii actually sold more than the Wii U. (The Wii U was kinda a flop).

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Entirely different consoles. Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii games and controllers and has a controller with a built-in touchscreen.

If you want one, I recommend buying it soon, because Nintendo is closing down the Wii U's digital store in 2023.



Wii U = Outputs in HD, plays all Wii U games and Wii games. ESHOP has a selection of GBA, DS and Wii games. Which in some cases are cheaper than buying 2nd hand games. For example Metroid Prime Trilogy goes for £80ish 2nd hand, £17.99 on the Wii U ESHOP

Wii = Standard Definition console, plays all Wii and Gamecube Games. Online shop closed down.



You can also play GameCube games on the Wii U if you hack it. It just can't read the discs so you'd need a hacked Wii or GameCube to dump them first.

I've still got both machines set up but hardly ever use the Wii because the Wii U does everything at least as well if not better, bar some extremely niche cases involving emulators and CRT monitors.




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They are entirely different consoles. I would go with the Wii U, since you can play Wii games on it through backwards compatibility.



Wii u is Nintendos first HD console. It’s also backwards compatible with the Wii. The Wii U eshop is still running but will end soon, it has virtual console and has a numbers of different consoles games.
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I feel like this is a question a lot of people were asking themselves back in 2012.

But in short: Wii had a waggle stick and a heavy emphasis on motion controlled experiences whilst the Wii U had a tablet with HD visuals and more 'traditional' games on it (well, as traditional as you could get with Wii U games).

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I feel this is the reason the Wii U didn't perform well




The Wii U is a powerful console and a worthy successor to the Wii, in terms of performance. The Wii U comes built-in with a much more powerful 1.243GHz Triple-core PowerPC-based Espresso microprocessor. The Wii, on the other hand, was a 729MHz single-core device with a Broadway microprocessor.



Serious answer:
Wii is the 7th gen console after Gamecube with Wiimote and sensor bar to play. The physical media used DVD. Wii is one very successfull console after PS2.

Wii U is the 8th gen console after Wii with HD output, Gamepad and Wiimote to play. Wii U was a disaster due to lack of advertising and confusing Wiipad using for developers.

Silly answer:
Wii is WHEEEEEEEE....!!! 😄😄😄
Wii U is Wee You Wee You Wee You...
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The title of this thread is exactly why the Wii U failed. Even nearly a decade later it's still proving how confusing the marketing was. Man do I NOT regret ever selling that expensive paper weight.


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The Wii U was the Wii's successor, it was also Nintendo's first HD console and introduced asymmetrical gaming with the tablet controller as opposed to the Wii's motion based controls. The biggest differences are the graphics being much better than the Wii since it looked much closer to PS3/360 rather than the Wii which looked like a slightly better Gamecube, the controls were more traditional button schemes instead of motion, and Virtual Console library is expanded by having games from the GBA, DS, and Wii's libraries.

Unfortunately due to bad marketing, slow game production, and the 3DS cannibalizing sales, it became one of Nintendo's biggest commercial failures selling around only 13 million units after nearly five years on the market. It did have some solid games though like Mario 3D World, Tropical Freeze, Smash Bros 4, and Mario Kart 8.


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