The Wii U is a game console developed by Nintendo in 2012 and is considered to be the first 8th generation game console, competing with the Xbox One and Playstation 4. As the successor to the Wii, the Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics and it's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, directional buttons, analog sticks and action buttons. The screen on the GamePad can be used either as a supplement to the main screen of a TV set, or be used in place of the TV screen for supported games. The Wii U is also backward compatible with all Wii software and accessories, supporting any combination of GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, Nintendo's Classic Controller or Wii U Pro Controller. Despite the backward compatibility, the innovative GamePad, improvements in online functionality over the Wii and it's relative affordability, the Wii U received slow consumer adoption due to the GamePad's short battery life, issues with the user interface, a weak lineup of launch titles, limited third-party support and poor marketing of the console. Production of the Wii U officially ended in January of 2017.
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