Each time you turn on your Wii U console, you'll be greeted by Mii characters from around the world, and the Wii U community's most talked about games in the WaraWara Plaza.
From the Wii U GamePad controller, choose the software you'd like to launch.
The HOME Button on your Wii U GamePad gives you immediate access to game manuals and Internet Browser at any time—without having to exit your game.
Manage and keep track of game save data and details for up to 12 users on one Wii U console. Everyone in your family can play as a different user. You can also set unique parental controls for each user.
Keep track of how much you've played your Wii U games and applications by date, or in a handy graph. You can even track the daily records for each individual user registered on the console.
Register friends from anywhere in the world either by exchanging your Nintendo Network ID or sending a friend request to someone you recently played online. Within your Friend List you can see if your registered friends are online, and what game they are playing.
Save yourself a trip to the store! You can buy and download tons of games directly from the Nintendo eShop. You'll find both new and classic titles, plus indie games, downloadable content, and more.
Nintendo eShop also offers a suite of Video-on-Demand options.
brings you thousands of movies and TV series, instantly streamed to your Wii U system.*
lets you discover and watch videos shared by others, including Nintendo’s official Wii U channel.
offers more than 150,000 of the latest movies and in-season TV episodes.
provides unlimited streaming of current hit shows, classic series and acclaimed movies.
Select games have additional, optional content that can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop to make the games you own even more fun. You may find new levels, additional characters, and other unique content.
Enjoy the latest trailers and gameplay videos for games in the Nintendo eShop, all viewable on your TV screen or on the Wii U GamePad right in your hands.
Use the Parental Control setting to limit access to games based on their ESRB rating for specific users on your Wii U console, or to restrict Wii U Shopping Services. For more info, visit our support page.
Download codes are codes for specific digital games or content. To redeem your code, simply tap the Nintendo eShop icon on your Wii U Menu, then select “Enter Download Code” near the top of the screen.
You may also redeem your code online and send the content directly to your system.
Be ready to buy immediately—or give the gift of fun—with a Nintendo eShop Card.
Broadband internet connection required to use the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Learn more.
The Internet Browser lets you surf the web any time on your TV, using the Wii U GamePad. Simple controls let you share the browsing experience with everyone in the room, or from just the GamePad.
View websites and play your favorite web videos* on the TV screen for everyone to enjoy—viewable in HD on supported TV sets. Get a more detailed look at small text by using the view of the GamePad—or, use both screens at once with supported websites.
Scroll through pages, enter keywords, switch between tabs, and more all using the Wii U GamePad touch screen or buttons. Browse with ease, any way you like.
Using the built-in gyro sensor of the Wii U GamePad, you can scroll up and down a webpage for a unique and intuitive browsing experience using motion controls.
Using only the Wii U GamePad, you can browse the Internet with ease while someone else in the room uses the TV for something else. Use the browser to look up info on the program you're watching, or anything else you like.
Continue to browse on the GamePad while a web video is playing on the TV, and find the next video to show off without interruption. Surprise and delight your fellow viewers by setting the stage and revealing the video from behind a curtain and drumroll.
Access the Internet Browser while in the middle of a game using the HOME Button. You can pause your game at any time and go look up information about it online. The game will still be visible as you browse, and you can quickly return to it when ready.
Go through the game and find a scene you want to upload, then press the HOME Button and select "Internet Browser." Then you can easily send screenshots from your game to sites which allow image uploads.
Use of the Internet Browser can be restricted entirely by the Wii U system's Parental Controls. For more info, visit our support page.
Broadband internet connection required. Learn more.
Create original Mii characters that represent you, your family, friends, or anyone you like using the built-in Mii Maker application. These Mii characters will appear in specially designed Wii U games, putting you right into the gaming experience!
If you want a head start in creating your Mii, take a picture of yourself using the built-in camera on the Wii U GamePad. Mii Maker will automatically create a Mii. You can then edit further to complete your creation.
From Nintendo 3DS
You can transfer Mii characters created on a Nintendo 3DS system using either its QR Code® pattern, or via direct wireless communication.
When you perform a Wii System Transfer, the Mii data on your Wii console will also be transferred.
For more info on System Transfer, click here.
Using all of the various ways to create and import Mii characters, plus any Mii that visits to play over the Internet, you can save up to 3,000 on one Wii U console shared between all users.
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