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Nintendo Wii U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2983 reviews of Nintendo Wii U. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and reliability. The design and size are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo Wii U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo Wii U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Nintendo Wii U from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Opinions about the game selection and size are generally positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and portability.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2019

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Nintendo Wii U review


Nintendo's Wii U is full of promise, but it may have launched prematurely. Longtime gamers will want to snap one up immediately, but mainstream users should wait a few months before diving in.

Innovative, comfortable controller ; Backward-compatible with last-gen Wii ; Off-screen play fundamentally changes console gaming

Incredibly short battery life on GamePad ; Slow, antiquated UI ; Confusing social functionality

Nintendo promised consumers a modern HD gaming console, and the Wii U delivers on that promise ... in some respects. Games look gorgeous (HD Mario!); the risky controller is another successful control innovation; and there's a ton of promise on the...

Nov, 2012

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Expert review by : Ryan Fleming (

Nintendo Wii U review


Nintendo's philosophy with the Wii U is one of evolution rather than competition.

A fresh, original way to look at gaming ; GamePad means previous released best-sellers can be ported to the Wii U with a new twist ; Can play console-quality games on the GamePad without the TV ; Miiverse is a ready-made community ; Backwards...

Much of the software has been delayed ; Short battery life on GamePad ; Relatively high price compared to rivals ; Won’t play Blu-rays or DVDs, and does not have an onboard video player ; No networking abilities ; Tiny internal hard drive forces you to...

The Wii U is a difficult piece of hardware to review for two reasons. First, it is unavoidably competing with hardware that exists in a different space, and second, the entire system is betting on a future that isn’t entirely clear yet.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Wii U review: A fun system for kids, but you should probably wait for the Switch


An included tablet-style GamePad can play games when the TV is in use; Nintendo has a core library of awesome exclusive titles; works with older Wii games and accessories; very kid-friendly. Access to a vault of your childhood classics. Off-TV play is...

Can't play DVDs or Blu-rays; lacks a lot of third-party games available on Xbox or PlayStation; GamePad wireless range and battery life are too short; Wii U and 3DS handheld don't share games.

The Wii U is good for Nintendo lovers and great for families, but hold out for the Switch, the Wii U's imminent successor.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Nintendo Wii U


The Wii U, Nintendo's first step into high-definition gaming, is an ambitious console that's brimming with potential, even if that potential hasn't quite been realized yet.

Ambitious design. Tons of gaming potential. Solid gaming and media feature set. TVii vastly improves the television-watching experience with guides and recommendations.

Wii U gamepad screen is resistive and resolution is low. Sluggish menu. Short gamepad battery life. No Netflix integration in TVii. Software transfer process is unnecessarily convoluted.

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Jan, 2013

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Nintendo Wii U review


Years after the Wii upended the gaming industry, Nintendo takes on consoles present and future

When it's used right, the GamePad is a great feature ; More portable than most consoles ; Online features are well-implemented

Clunky, cheap build quality ; Laggy interface ; GamePad's use is confusing and unclear

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Raymond Wong (

Nintendo Wii U Review


The Wii was an unstoppable juggernaut. The underpowered console has sold over 100.9 million consoles worldwide since it was released in 2006....


Feb, 2014

Expert review by : S21 (

Nintendo Wii U review


The Nintendo Wii U continues the motion gaming that fans of the Wii are used to, while adding extra features using a new controller with its own touchscreen.

Research from claims that one in ten gamers will buy the new Wii U system within its first few days of release. A third of those questioned say they plan to buy one in the future. Should you be one of them?

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : JC Fletcher (

Review: Nintendo Wii U


The Nintendo Wii U is an important system. It's the first step into the next console generation, after the longest generation to date. It's Nintendo's first console after the world-changing anomaly that is the Wii. It's an attempt to create a new...

Nov, 2012

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Nintendo Wii U Launches in 2012


Nintendo rocked the house at E3 2011 by revealing the upcoming console, Nintendo Wii U. Like always, the company targets to completely change and innovate the gaming world with their most up-to-date console; one of the examples is Wii U. It is a...

Dec, 2011

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Nintendo Wii U review


Can the Nintendo Wii U redefine the way we play? T3 takes a closer look

Tactile ; multi-use GamePad ; Full HD graphics at last ; Genuinely revolutionary

Weak GamePad battery life ; No launch games for 2 GamePads ; Need More Wii-U specific games

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black / White


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Built-in display:No / Yes
Display Diagonal:6.2
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Power supply:75


Developer:Atlus / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc. / Big Red Button Entertainment / Headstrong Games / Koei Tecmo, Nintendo SPD / Nintendo / Nintendo EAD Group No. 2
Distribution type:Download / Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone) / E10+ (Everyone 10+) / M (Mature) / RP (Rating Pending) / T (Teen)
Game edition:Basic / Collectors
Genre:Action / Action / Adventure / Educational / Fighting / Party / Platform / Puzzle / RPG (Role-Playing Game) / Shooter / Sports / Survival / Horror
Language version:English / English, Italian / French / German, English / German, English, Spanish, French, Italian
Languages supported:DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA / ENG / ENG, ITA / French / German, English
Maximum number of players:1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 8
Multiplayer mode:N / No / Y / Yes
Multiplayer mode type:Offline / Offline, Online / Online
PEGI rating:12 / 18 / 3 / 7
Platform:Wii U
Publisher:Nintendo / The Pokémon Company / Ubisoft
Release Date:01/10/2013 / 02.01.2015 / 03/29/2015 / 06/26/2015 / 11/11/2014 / 18.03.2016 / 18/03/2016 / 22/04/2016 / 24.06.2014 / 29.05.2015 / 29/05/2015 / 30/11/2012 / 7.11.2013
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):01/10/2013 / 02/01/2015 / 05/12/2014 / 11/11/2014 / 18.03.2016 / 18/03/2016 / 22/04/2016 / 24.06.2014 / 26/06/2015 / 29.05.2015 / 29/05/2015 / 30/10/2015 / 30/11/2012 / 5/12/2014 / 7.11.2013
Split screen:N
Theme:Captain Toad
USK Rating:12


3D compatibility: No
Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 720p / 1080i, 720p, 1080p, 480i, 480p


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Other Features

Built-in camera: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Art book included: Yes
Cables included:AC / AC, HDMI / HDMI
Game controllers included:Gamepad
Games included:1 / 2 / Just Dance 2014 / Lego City: Undercover / Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8, Splatoon / Monster Hunter 3 / Nintendo Land / Nintendo Land + Just Dance 2014 / Skylanders Trap Team / Splatoon / Xenoblade Chronicles X / ZombiU
Manual: Yes
Number of game controllers included:1
Number of gamepads included:1 / 2
Poster included: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Toy figure(s) included: Yes
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Built-in processor:IBM PowerPC
Graphics controller:AMD Radeon
Graphics processor:AMD Radeon
Gyroscope: Yes
Internal memory:2048 / 32000
Internal memory type:DDR3
Motion sensor: Yes
Number of controllers supported (max):4 / 5
Parental Control: Yes
Platform:Wii U
Processor:IBM PowerPC
Processor model:IBM PowerPC
Video memory:32

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Power supply:75


Built-in hard drive: No
Built-in optical drive:Y
Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
Optical Drive Type:DVD
Storage media:Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.6 / 6.77
Height:1.8 / 1.81
Weight:3.31 / 3.53
Width:10.6 / 6.73 / 6.77