The Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo, and the successor to the Wii.
A home video game console, or simply home console, is a video game device that is primarily used for home gamers, as opposed to in arcades or some other commercial establishment.
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The console was released in November 2012 and was the first eighth-generation video game console, as it competed with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.
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The system's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, and combines directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons.
A touchscreen is a both input device and output device normally layered on the top of an electronic visual display of an information processing system.
The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display, or in supported games, to play the game directly on the GamePad independently of the television.
The Wii U is backward compatible with all Wii software and accessories – games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo's more traditionally designed Classic Controller or Wii U Pro Controller for input.
The Wii Remote, also known colloquially as the Wiimote, is the primary controller for Nintendo's Wii console.
Online functionality centers around the Nintendo Network platform and Miiverse, an integrated social networking service which allows users to share content in game-specific communities.
A social networking service is an online platform which people use to build social networks or social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.
The Nintendo Network is Nintendo's online service which provides online functionality for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems and their compatible games.
A Mii is a customizable avatar used on several Nintendo video game consoles and mobile apps.
The Wii U was met with a generally positive reception, including praise for its GamePad controller, improvements to online functionality over the Wii, backwards compatibility with existing Wii software and controllers, affordability in comparison to other eighth-generation consoles, and non-reliance on a subscription for online functionality.
However, the Wii U received criticism in several areas, including the GamePad's battery life and issues with the console's user interface and functionality, along with a weak lineup of launch titles and a lack of clear vision.
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The Wii U was met with slow consumer adoption, with low sales primarily credited to a weak lineup of launch titles, third-party support, and marketing reasons.
Wii U production officially ended in January 2017.
On March 3, 2017, Nintendo released a new flagship home console, the Nintendo Switch, although the Wii U was noted at pioneering several concepts that were refined in the Switch.