What Is the Difference Between Wii and Wii U?

Nintendo has officially announced that both of its most recent consoles will coexist. In this case, it is natural to ask: what is the difference between Wii and Wii U? In general, the latest Wii U console has been presented as an eight-generation one and this comes to suggest that its predecessor has become outdated. However, this is not the case as the two share many main features. In fact, some experts have suggested that the new system is not an eight-generation one.

Given this, it is natural to ask what the difference between Wii and Wii U really is. The reality is that the latest console has some major features improved. It comes with a brand new and more powerful processor. It gets a new graphics card as well. While the Wii has PowerPC-based Broadway CPU, its successor comes with an IBM Power Architecture-based multi-core CPU. The first console has ATI Hollywood GPU, while the latter features AMD Radeon HD GPU which has been custom designed for it.

The most notable difference in the specs of the graphics cards is that the new one of the Wii U plays high definition video games. Indeed, the latest Nintendo console is the first one to support 1080p high definition graphics. Apart from full HD, the system supports other video modes including 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. In general, you will certainly enjoy better graphics with the latest console. You can expect more distinctive colors and improved dynamics.

Perhaps the main difference between the Wii and the Wii U is in the controllers. The latest controller has taken all the best from its predecessor including 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope allowing it to sense movement in three dimensions. However, it has a more advanced design and a 6.2-inch 16:9 resistive touchscreen.

This touchscreen allows you to follow the game and the action from a second standpoint and to get additional information. More importantly, you can continue playing using only the controller when the TV is turned off. You can use the touchscreen with a stylus that is included in the package. In addition to the standard buttons and the screen, you get a front-facing camera.

These are the major differences between Wii and Wii U. One very important thing to note is that the new console is backwards compatible with its predecessor. This means that you can use all accessories that you already have with the new system. More importantly, you will be able to enjoy all of the games that you have already got.