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|Type||Video game console|
|Generation||Eighth generation era|
|First available||/ November 18, 2012|
/ November 30, 2012
December 8, 2012
|CPU||Custom IBM Power-Architecture clocked at 1.24 GHz|
|GPU||AMD Radeon-based High Definition clocked at 550 MHz|
|Media||12 cm 25GB Wii U optical disc|
12cm Wii Optical Disc
|System storage||8GB (Basic) or 32GB (Deluxe) Internal flash memory, expandable via USB storage devices and SD memory cards|
|Online service||Nintendo Network|
|Units sold||3.45 million (as of March 31, 2013)|
|Top-selling game||Nintendo Land (pack-in), 2.33 million (as of December 31, 2012)|
New Super Mario Bros. U, 2.01 million (as of December 31, 2012)
The Wii U, codenamed Project Café, is a home console created by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. It was released in North America on November 18, 2012, in Europe and Australia on November 30, 2012, and in Japan on December 8, 2012. The console was announced at E3 2011, where a prototype version was playable. The Wii U will be compatible with games from the Wii, but sacrifices the functionality of Nintendo GameCube games or its peripherals. The Wii U will also be compatible with the Wii Remote, Nunchuk and Balance Board peripherals, which were initially designed for the Wii.
The console is the first Nintendo console to produce high-definition graphics, and features a new controller, called the GamePad, with an embedded touchscreen interface. The GamePad lets players to continue a gaming session by displaying the game through its screen, even when the television is switched off. In the trailer displayed at E3, players using the prototype GamePad were able to send media like videos wirelessly to the television screen through the use of the touch screen. The GamePad also features a camera, a microphone, its own sensor bar, motion sensors similar to the Wii Remote +, and NFC technology.
The Wii U will use a new online service called "Nintendo Network", also available for the 3DS. Unlike previous Nintendo consoles that featured online play, the Wii U will provide "Personal Accounts" for each family member rather than relying on one single system wide account.
No Metroid titles have been confirmed for the Wii U as of yet, however a fourth Super Smash Bros. game, in which Metroid protagonist Samus Aran will most likely appear, has been revealed, though it has yet to enter production. A Metroid-themed game called Battle Mii was shown at E3 2011. The following year, at E3 2012, Nintendo announced that it be one of 12 series-based Mii games in Nintendo Land. In this game, Miis dress as the characters from one of the included series in a Nintendo theme park (which includes a mechanical Ridley) to play a related game using the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remotes.
The "Mii Wara Wara" menu design shown at the E3 2012 Nintendo Direct event showed a Samus icon that a group of Miis who preferred the series grouped under. One Mii named AC stated, "I've played just about every metroid game" amidst the other conversations. Another in the group, named Leo, remarked, "Back. He's baaaaaack..." The Samus icon was a Varia Suit based on artwork from the Metroid Prime Trilogy reverse cover.
Super Metroid will be made available on the Wii U's Virtual Console, which allows for GamePad-only play, restore points, screenshot sharing, and customizable controls. It will be part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign from May 15, 2013 to June 13, 2013, costing 30¢ for the 30 day sale only. Also beginning May 15th is the Super Metroid Miiverse community, which will allow users to share screenshots, drawings, and text discussions relating to the game. 
Games featuring Metroid on Wii UEdit
Metroid games playable through Wii backwards compatibilityEdit
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Super Metroid (3 minute demo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- New Play Control! Metroid Prime (Japan only)
- New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2: Dark Echoes (Japan only)
- Metroid Prime Trilogy
- Metroid: Other M
Metroid games through Wii Virtual Console backwards compatibilityEdit
Metroid cameos through Wii backwards compatibilityEdit
- WarioWare, Inc.: Smooth Moves
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (Japan only)
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Kirby's Dream Collection
- WarioWare: Mega Party Game$!
Metroid cameos through Virtual Console backwards compatibilityEdit
- Super Smash Bros.
- Kirby Super Star
- Famicom Wars (Japan only)
- Kid Icarus
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
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|Home Consoles|| |
Super Nintendo Entertainment System • Nintendo 64
Nintendo GameCube • Wii • Wii U
|Game Boy|| |
|Nintendo DS|| |