How to play Wii games on Wii U

Enjoy nearly all of your existing Wii games on your new Wii U console

Wii Menu is built in to Wii U. It allows for backwards compatibility with Wii game discs, saved game data, and purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console games on your new Wii U console.

Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, the Sensor Bar, the Wii Balance Board and many other Wii accessories can be used with Wii U.

  • Wii Remote
  • Sensor Bar
  • Wii Nunchuck
  • Balance Board
How Wii Menu works

Fire up the Wii Menu application from your Wii U Menu whenever you want to play Wii games. Any data you transfer from your Wii console will be accessible here.

Moving data from Wii to Wii U

Downloaded games, save data, and other info stored in your Wii console can be moved to your new Wii U console.

  • Once the transfer has occurred, data cannot be transferred from the Wii U console to a Wii console.

Learn more

System transfer diagram
What you need
  • Television


  • Wii U console

    Wii U console and Wii U GamePad controller

  • Wii console

    Wii console set including sensor bar and Wii Remote controller

  • SD card

    SD Card with more than 512 MB of available space (sold separately)

  • internet icon

    Internet connection

What can be transfered

Wii games

  • Downloaded Wii games (WiiWare, Virtual Console)
  • Wii, WiiWare, and Virtual Console saved game data 1
  • Purchased Add-on content for Wii games

Wii Shop Channel data

  • Existing Wii Points 2
  • Wii Shop Channel usage records

Other data

  • Mii characters 3
  1. Certain software, such as preinstalled Wii applications, cannot be moved to the Wii U console.
  2. Wii Points will be carried over to the Wii Shop Channel, accessed only in Wii mode. If you have more than 10,000 Wii Points, the transfer will not occur.
  3. Mii characters will move to the Mii Channel within Wii mode.
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