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Wii U

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Wii U
Generation Eighth
Release date USA November 18, 2012
Canada November 18, 2012[1]
Mexico November 29, 2012
South Africa November 29, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012
Japan December 8, 2012[2]
Chile December 10, 2012[3]
Brazil November 26, 2013[4]
Discontinued Europe October 1, 2016[5]
USA November 10, 2016[6]
Australia November 14, 2016[7]
Japan January 31, 2017[8]
Predecessor Wii
Successor Nintendo Switch

The Wii U is an eighth generation game console created and produced by Nintendo. The Wii U is the direct successor of the Wii, and it was first released in late 2012. The main gimmick of the Wii U was its controller, the Wii U GamePad, which had an integrated tablet-like screen. Depending on the game or software, the player could either use the Wii U GamePad in correspondence to the television screen or play from the controller itself. The Wii U was a commercial failure as its two main competitors, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both outsold it by millions of units. In 2017, the Wii U was succeeded by the Nintendo Switch.