What makes the Wii U great for families? That's easy. Nintendo is building upon the Wii and its ability to bring the family together. They have designed the Wii U with two words in mind. Together. Better. And with the new interactive gameplay experiences available on the Wii U, your family gaming time will be just that: better.
Gaming can be social again
The Wii U brings the GamePad, a new controller that will completely revolutionize the way you take in your games and entertainment. Using Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers from your original Wii console along with the GamePad, up to 5 family members can take part in the multiplayer experience.
You might have to alert Mom to a foe she can't see, you might have to place a block to help Grandpa cross a gap, but you'll always be interacting and communicating with your family and friends. With the GamePad's built-in screen, you'll have an additional perspective to your game, and that fosters interaction between the players.
Plenty of great family games are waiting for you
The original Wii console had more family titles than any other gaming console on the market. The Wii U will maintain that standard, providing families a plethora of game options that every member of the family will be able to enjoy. Even if your family's game night has ages 5 and 85, there's a gaming experience that will fit everyone's tastes and skill levels.
Enjoy games from every available genre. Grab your old Balance Board and stay active to Wii Fit U. Dance or sing along to titles like Just Dance 4 and SiNG. Swing, throw or race in fun sports titles like Sports Connection. And who could forget Mario? Play along with your Mii in his latest adventure, New Super Mario Bros. U.
Get off the couch and into the game
Nobody wants their family to become a bunch of couch potatoes. Get everybody on their feet and enjoying the experience of motion gameplay. Get a quick workout on a fitness game no matter how busy your schedule is. Bring the kids over to your house for a dance party. Gaming is better in motion with the Wii U.
Enjoy your entertainment like never before
Nintendo has partnered with video streaming services to put tens of thousands of movies and TV shows at your fingertips. Watch over a billion unique videos for free on YouTube, or connect to Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Video for the perfect family film for movie night. You only need a Wii U, a TV and an Internet connection to enjoy all the web has to offer.
And with the GamePad, you can search for the next video without interrupting what your family is watching. Video content can even be switched from the television to the GamePad screen and back to the television, instantly. And the GamePad's screen responds to a simple touch, so it's easy for anyone to use.
Stay in touch even when you're not together
The Wii U makes it easy to communicate and interact with family who live in different cities, or even different countries. Family members can use the GamePad's built-in camera and microphone to video chat through their Wii U consoles. Or get into Miiverse, where you can post messages or even share a picture that you've drawn through the GamePad's touch screen.
So, what do I need to get started?
The Wii U console will come with a GamePad, but you'll need to make sure you have enough Wii Remote's for the other players. If you want to use the full graphical capabilities of the Wii U, you'll need an HDMI cable to connect your console to a High Definition television. All Wii accessories are compatible with the Wii U, including the Wii Balance Board, Wii Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and Classic Controller Pro.