Wii U Internet Browser Specs

Wii U comes with a browser that lets you browse the Internet from the comfort of your couch. No need to interrupt your favorite show—browse purely on the GamePad while your program continues on the TV. You can also pause a game, launch the browser to search for tips on the game you're playing, and then re-enter the game right where you left off.

The below information is provided for site developers who wish to optimize their website for viewing on the Wii U GamePad controller.

Internet Browser - Extended Javascript Functionality >

Browser Engine

NetFront® Browser NX v2.1

User agent

Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/536.28 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/*** NintendoBrowser/***.US

Supported Protocols


Web Standard

HTML4.01/HTML5/XHTML1.1/CSS1/CSS2.1/CSS3 (partial functionality)
DOM1-3/ECMAScript/XMLHttpRequest/canvas/Video/Web Storage (partial functionality)
Web Messaging/Server-Sent Events/Device Orientation/WOFF/SVG/WebSocket/Video Subtitle/Fullscreen/


Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.

PDF Viewer

NetFront ® Document Viewer PDF Edition
PDF 1.7 compliant


The browser supports only one of these at a time: touchstart, touchend, touchmove, touchcancel

Screen resolution

If it isn’t specified, width is 980px layout
It is possible to specify width/height of the viewport within the HTML’s <head>...</head>, and specify scaling permission via user-scalable meta tags.
(e.g) <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, user-scalable=no"/>

Saving of image/video

Not supported

Video Format

MP4, M3U8+TS(HTTPLiveStreaming)
(Some videos may not be playable.)

Video Codec

H.264 - MPEG-4 AVC Video
(Some videos may not be playable.)

Audio Codec

AAC - ISO/IEC 14496-3 MPEG-4 AAC
(Some audio may not be playable.)