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The Nintendo Wii U is Nintendo’s first foray into the eighth generation of video game consoles. Competing directly with the likes of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the Wii U is the successor to the original Nintendo Wii.
Manufactured by Nintendo, Foxconn, and Mitsumi, the Wii U was released in North America on November 30, 2012. Unusually, the console was actually available at a later date in Japan, from December 8, 2012.
Specs on the Wii U include its own Operating System (Wii U OS), 1.24 GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC ‘Espresso’ CPU, 8 GB of internal flash memory (32 GB in the deluxe model), SD/SDHC card slot, USB, 550 MHz AMD Radeon ‘Latte’ GPU, 2GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 Megapixel camera, and more.
The Wii U supports HD graphics, and comes with a primary controller called the Wii U GamePad. This gamepad features a touchscreen, and allows from some unique gameplay between the GamePad user, and other players in the room (the other players use the traditional Wii remote, nunchuk, or balance board).
Thankfully, the Wii U is backwards compatible with all original Wii games, making the upgrade or change to the Wii U an easy one for existing Wii owners.