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Nintendo Wii U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3124 reviews of Nintendo Wii U. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Views about the price and reliability are generally positive. The design and size also get good comments. Opinions are divided on the connectivity. Some have doubts about the portability.

usability, size, design, reliability, price


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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Nintendo Wii U from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Reviews about the game selection and size are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability and portability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Wii U Premium Plus Super Mario Maker (Nintendo Wii U)Wii U Premium Plus Super Mario Maker (Nintendo Wii U)

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Hugh Langley (

Nintendo Wii U review


What can that GamePad really do?

Innovative GamePad ; Nintendo's finally in HD ; Miiverse is great ; Cheaper than Xbox One and PS4 ; A few excellent titles

Poor GamePad battery life ; GamePad potential not being realised ; Too few games ; Basic set isn't a great deal

The Wii U is now over 18 months old, and as any gamer will know, a hell of a lot can happen in that time. Most significant has been the launch of the Xbox One and PS4, which officially fired the starting gun on the new-gen race.

May, 2014

Expert review by: (

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

Best Buy!

Expert review by: (

Nintendo Wii U review


For the past six years, the Nintendo Wii has been a bit of a joke compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Its novel use of motion controls helped it sell by the bucket load when it was first released in 2006, so much so that nearly everyone and...

It may not be super powerful, but Nintendo delivers a fun and innovative new console that finally gets online right

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Chris Martin (

Nintendo Wii U review


It's almost unbelievable that Nintendo launched the original Wii eight years ago. A games console that changed the way people viewed gaming, one that meant anyone young or old could pick up a controller and play almost without instruction. Updated on...

The Wii U isn't quite the game changer that the Wii was all those years ago, but it's certainly a lot of fun. The GamePad is unique, innovative and holds tonnes of potential for future titles – we hope they can use it well. Backwards compatibility with...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Nintendo Wii U review


The new future of consoles starts with Nintendo's Wii U. Or does it? We hit up the latest gaming hardware to find out

Great fun ; Clever uses for the Gamepad ; Brings multiplayer back to the couch

Will be overpowered by rival next gen consoles ; Sluggish UI ; Not as accessible as the Wii

It provides no graphical leap, but the Wii U’s take on dual-screen gaming is a revelation, especially when gaming with friends

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Nick Barber (

Hands on with Nintendo's Wii U games console


The Wii U controller was surprisingly light and responsive, except for the one time that it froze and needed to be restarted

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (

Nintendo Wii U review


Japanese veteran bets big on gameplay innovation over hardware

Tablet Gamepad, sleek design, social Miiverse community, increased app offering

Controller battery life isn't long enough

We're very impressed with the Nintendo Wii U. As with the Wii before it, Nintendo has bet big on innovations in gameplay rather than hardware.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Ryan Noik (

Nintendo Wii U


Coming at the tail end of 2012, and offering a fine way to start 2013, was Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U.

Considerably better visuals than the Wii, GamePad is comfortable to hold, Dual screen functionality

The GamePad needs to be charged separately, doesn''t have the best battery life

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Gerald Lynch (

REVIEW: Nintendo Wii U games console


The next-generation of home gaming consoles has arrived, with Nintendo's new Wii U leading the charge. Again opting for an innovative control method over brute graphical and processing power, will Nintendo be able to replicate the wild success of the...

Rather than viewing the Wii U as the first entry into the next-generation of gaming, Nintendo's latest offering makes most sense when set apart from its rumoured, super-powered next-gen rivals. By again not concerning themselves with spec-sheet stat...

Dec, 2012

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Nintendo Wii U


The Nintendo Wii U is the Japanese gaming giant's successor to its insanely popular Wii console, and aims to combine the world of motion control with a unique tablet-like controller called the GamePad. You'll still be able to use all your old Wii...

The Nintendo Wii U doesn’t have the same immediate impact that the Wii did all those years ago, so if you’re getting one for Christmas expect to do a lot of hand-holding if your granny wants to have a go. It’s not as intuitive as its predecessor, which...

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications


Colour of product:Black / White


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Built-in Display:No / Yes
Display diagonal:15.8
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Developer:Atlus / Bandai Namco Entertainment / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc. / Big Red Button Entertainment / Headstrong Games / Nintendo / Nintendo EAD Group No. 1 / Nintendo EAD Group No. 2
Distribution type:Download / Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone) / E10+ (Everyone 10+) / RP (Rating Pending) / T (Teen)
Game edition:Basic / Collectors
Genre :Action / Action / Adventure / Educational / Fighting / Kids / Party / Platform / Racing / RPG (Role-Playing Game) / Shooter / Sports
Language version:DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA / ENG / ENG, ITA / English / 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 / 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 / 29.05.2014 / 29.05.2015 / 29/05/2015 / 30/11/2012 / 7.11.2013
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):02/01/2015
USK rating:12


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


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

Other features

Built-in Camera: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
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 / Mario Kart 8, Splatoon / monster hunter 3 / Nintendo Land / Nintendo Land + Just Dance 2014 / Skylanders Trap Team / Splatoon / Super Mario Maker / Xenoblade Chronicles X / ZombiU
Manual:Y / Yes
Number of game controllers included:1
Number of gamepads included:1 / 2
Poster included: Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Toy figure(s) included:Y / Yes
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Y / Yes


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

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in:Y / 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 memory capacity:32 / 8
Built-In Optical Drive:Y / Yes
Card reader integrated:No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
Optical Drive Type:DVD
Storage Media:Flash

System requirements

Virtual Reality (VR) headset required:N

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.2 / 172 / 26.9
Height :4.57 / 4.6 / 46
Weight:1.5 / 1.6
Width:17.1 / 17.2 / 26.8 / 268