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Not to be confused with the Wii.
The Wii U (/ˌwiː ˈjuː/ WEE YOO) is a home video game console developed by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. Released in November 2012, it was the first eighth-generation video game console and competed with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.
The Wii U was the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics. The system's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons.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, along with it having a sensor bar. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used in its place as a more traditional alternative. The Wii U is backwards-compatible with all Wii software and accessories. Games can support any combination of the Gamepad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Wii Balance Board, along with Nintendo's Classic Controller or the Wii U Pro Controller. Online functionality centers around the Nintendo Network platform and the discontinued Miiverse, an integrated social-networking service which allowed users to share content in game-specific communities.