Wii U™ GamePad

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The Wii U™ GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between you, your games, and your TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks.

The GamePad also includes motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, a stylus, and support for Near Field Communication (NFC). It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds.

  • One Wii U GamePad
    is included with
    every console.
  • GamePad front view
  • GamePad back view
  • Motion controls

    The built-in accelerometer and gyroscope allow for intuitive motion controls.

  • Camera

    This can be used in games and also for video chat between Wii U consoles.

  • L Stick / R Stick

    In addition to being able to push the sticks in any direction, you can also press them down to use them as buttons.

  • 6.2 inch Touch Screen

  • Speakers

  • Built-in amiibo reader

    Simply tap your amiibo to the near-field communication (NFC) scanner to use your amiibo in a wide variety of different Nintendo games. No extra portal required!

  • Microphone

  • HOME Button

    If you press the HOME Button while playing a game you can choose to start a range of Wii U applications, without having to leave the game you are playing.

  • TV Control Button

    Starts a TV remote application you can use on your TV at home.

  • ZL/ZR Buttons

  • Stylus holder

  • Volume control

  • Audio jack

  • L/R Buttons

Different ways to play

  • Additional accessories required for multiplayer mode are sold separately.

amiibo and other accessories

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You can open up all kinds of new gameplay possibilities with amiibo and other accessories. Just tap an amiibo to the GamePad and score in-game extras (like new characters and costumes) across many different Nintendo games.

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Playing with friends and family is part of the fun of Wii U console. Luckily, it's easy to do with compatible controllers, including your existing Wii Remote controllers.

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Plays Wii and Wii U games

The Wii U console is the way to play the newest Nintendo exclusives, including hits like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Mario Kart 8.

But it can also play nearly all of your existing Wii games, so you don't lose your game library. And, you can transfer downloaded WiiWare and Virtual Console games, and game save data from your Wii console to your Wii U console.

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