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What to Consider When Looking for a Wii U Video Game Gamepad

When the Nintendo Wii was first released, there was a lot of talk about its innovative game controllers, the Nunchucks. Now the company added a new feature for the Wii U, the Wii U GamePad. 

What is the Wii U GamePad?

What makes the GamePad a good addition to the Wii U and Switch console? 

  • The Wii U wireless GamePad controller comes ready to use with the Wii U console.
  • The sequel offers a different gameplay experience than the original console.
  • The console is compatible with HD graphics and is more powerful altogether.
  • The controller comes with a built-in front-facing camera and microphone that can be used for in-game video and voice chatting.
  • The GamePad also has a screen that can be used during gameplay to display useful information, such as a map in a Nintendo game like Zelda.
  • The Wii U GamePad Screen holds traits similar to tablet computers with touchscreen capability and is the preface to the later console, the Switch, but plays off of handheld consoles such as the Nintendo DS.
  • The analog sticks on the Wii U GamePad controller also serve as buttons that can be used during gameplay.
  • The Nintendo Wii U GamePad controller uses an LCD touchscreen with a stylus capability and USB connectivity. 

What is the Wii U GamePad used for? 

  • The Wii U GamePad is used as a gaming controller similar to a traditional gaming controller or the Wii Nunchuk controller that was released with the Wii U. 
  • The GamePad controller cannot be used without connectivity to the Wii U console but can be used on its own to play games without a television screen. 
  • The GamePad does not work with the original Nintendo Wii. 
  • The original Wii controllers will work with the Wii U if they use MotionPlus. 
  • The GamePad also works as a universal TV remote pad because it has an infrared transceiver, so users can use it on their TV to wirelessly control more than just the Nintendo Wii U console. 

Which Wii U games require the GamePad?

  • Xenoblade X
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Mario U 
  • Splatoon
  • Star Fox Zero
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Nintendoland
  • Wonderful 101
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions (on some parts)
  • Paper Mario Color Splash
  • Capitan Toad
  • ZombiU
  • Kirby And The Rainbow Curse
  • Affordable Space Adventures
  • Spin the Bottle: Bumpy's Party 
  • Fatal Frame/Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water
  • Game & Wario
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Art Academy Atelier/Home Studio
  • Both Scribblenauts games
  • Wii Sports Club
  • Wii Fit U
  • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut
  • Sniper Elite V2

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