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[[File:Wii U.png|thumb|The Nintendo Wii U]]The '''Wii U''' is an eighth-generation console released by Nintendo in 2012. It is the first console by Nintendo to output to high-definition (HD) resolutions, such as 720p and 1080p. It includes a tablet-like controller, known as the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_U_Gamepad Wii U GamePad], to provide certain additional gameplay. Notably, it can play all [[Wii emulators|Wii]] games, as well as supporting the Wii Remote controllers for native Wii U games.
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{{Infobox console
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|title = Nintendo Wii U
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|logo = Wii U.png
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|developer = [[:Nintendo]]
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|type = [[:Category:Home consoles|Home video game console]]
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|generation = [[:Category:Eighth-generation video game consoles|Eighth generation]]
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|release = 2012
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|discontinued = 2017
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|predecessor = [[Wii emulators|Wii]]
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|successor = [[Nintendo Switch emulators|Nintendo Switch]]
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|emulated = {{✓}}
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}}
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{{for|other emulators that run on Wii U hardware|Emulators on Wii U}}
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The '''Wii U''' is an eighth-generation console released by Nintendo on November 18, 2012 at {{Inflation|USD|349.99|2012}}. It has a Tri-Core IBM PowerPC CPU at 1.24 GHz with 2GB of RAM. It has an AMD Radeon GPU. It is the first console by Nintendo to output high definition (HD) resolutions, such as 720p and 1080p. It includes a tablet-like controller, known as the [[wikipedia:Wii_U_GamePad|Wii U GamePad]], to provide certain additional gameplay. Notably, it can play all [[Wii emulators|Wii]] games as well as support the Wii Remote controllers for native Wii U games.
  
 
==Emulators==
 
==Emulators==
{| class="wikitable"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
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! scope="col"|Name
 
! scope="col"|Name
! scope="col"|Operating System(s)
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! scope="col"|Platform(s)
 
! scope="col"|Latest Version
 
! scope="col"|Latest Version
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! scope="col"|[[Emulation accuracy|Accuracy]]
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! scope="col"|<abbr title="Free/Libre and Open-Source Software">FLOSS</abbr>
 
! scope="col"|Active
 
! scope="col"|Active
 
! scope="col"|[[Recommended emulators|Recommended]]
 
! scope="col"|[[Recommended emulators|Recommended]]
 
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| style="text-align: center;"|[http://cemu.info/ Cemu]
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! colspan="7"|PC / x86
| style="text-align: center;"|Windows
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| style="text-align: center;"|[http://cemu.info/releases/ 1.0.1]
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| [[Cemu]]
| style="text-align: center;"|✓
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| align=left|{{Icon|Windows}}
| style="text-align: center;"|✗
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| [http://cemu.info/index.html#download {{CemuVer}}]
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| Medium
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| {{✗}} ||{{✓}} ||{{✓}}
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|-
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| [[Decaf]]
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| align=left|{{Icon|Windows|Linux}}
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| [https://github.com/decaf-emu/decaf-emu git]
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| Low
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| {{}} ||{{✗}} ||{{}}
 
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| style="text-align: center;"|[https://github.com/decaf-emu/decaf-emu decaf-emu]
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| Kinnay
| style="text-align: center;"|Windows
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| align=left|{{Icon|Linux}}
| style="text-align: center;"|N/A
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| [https://github.com/kinnay/Wii-U-Firmware-Emulator git]
| style="text-align: center;"|✓
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| Low
| style="text-align: center;"|✗
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| {{✓}} ||{{✗}} ||{{}}
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
===Comparisons===
 
===Comparisons===
*Cemu can launch and play commercial titles, but is at an extremely early stage of development, having no performance optimization, no audio emulation, numerous bugs, and very little stability. It is currently closed source.
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;[[Cemu]]  <small class="plainlinks" style="font-weight:normal;">([https://compat.cemu.info compatibility])</small>:A closed-source Wii U emulator created in October 2015 and is regularly updated every 2 to 5 weeks. It can run a sizeable amount of games, with 13% of the tested ones (Which is about 55% of the known games for the system) listed as perfect and 37% as playable (With varying degrees of glitches), which amounts to 50% of the tested ones.
*decaf-emu is a research project for Wii U emulation. It is able to play one commercial game. That said, it is on track with basic rendering and even some texture implementation. decaf-emu is open source.
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;[[Decaf]]:An open-source research project for Wii U emulation. It's able to boot some commercial games.
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;Kinnay:This emulates the Wii U processors and hardware at the lowest level. It's able to emulate all the way through boot1, IOSU, and Cafe OS up to the Wii U menu. Written by the main Decaf developers exjam and kinnay.
  
===Emulation Issues===
 
The disc dump format needs to be uncompressed for current builds. However the method to make these dumps hasn't been made public yet outside of a few developer circles.
 
 
===Dolphin===
 
===Dolphin===
You might have read about an unofficial branch of [[Dolphin]] with Wii U support - don't get your hopes up. While the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PowerPC] architecture family in the WiiU is the same as the Wii and GC (this fact alone was the reason why Wii emulation was added to Dolphin, originally GC-only), this support is nothing more than the file viewer features (region, internal name, various info, list of files and folders inside ISO and a way to extract them) being expanded to Wii U disc images. Nothing has been done on the actual emulation front as far as Dolphin is concerned, and the Dolphin developers have said that they're not going to add Wii U support to Dolphin.
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You might have read about an unofficial branch of [[Dolphin]] with Wii U support — but don't get your hopes up. While the [[wikipedia:PowerPC|PowerPC]] architecture family in the Wii U is the same as the [[Wii emulators|Wii]] and [[GameCube emulators|GameCube]] (this fact alone was the reason why Wii emulation was added to Dolphin, originally GameCube-only), this support is nothing more than the file viewer features (region, internal name, various info, list of files and folders inside ISO and a way to extract them) being expanded to Wii U disc images. Nothing has been done on the actual emulation front as far as Dolphin is concerned, and the Dolphin developers have said that they are not interested in adding Wii U support to Dolphin.
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{{Nintendo}}
  
 
[[Category:Consoles]]
 
[[Category:Consoles]]
[[Category:Very Early Emulation]]
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[[Category:Home consoles]]
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[[Category:Eighth-generation video game consoles]]
 
[[Category:Nintendo consoles]]
 
[[Category:Nintendo consoles]]
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[[Category:Wii U emulators|*]]

Latest revision as of 19:38, 12 July 2022

Nintendo Wii U
Wii U.png
Developer Nintendo
Type Home video game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date 2012
Discontinued 2017
Predecessor Wii
Successor Nintendo Switch
Emulated
For other emulators that run on Wii U hardware, see Emulators on Wii U.


The Wii U is an eighth-generation console released by Nintendo on November 18, 2012 at $349.99. It has a Tri-Core IBM PowerPC CPU at 1.24 GHz with 2GB of RAM. It has an AMD Radeon GPU. It is the first console by Nintendo to output high definition (HD) resolutions, such as 720p and 1080p. It includes a tablet-like controller, known as the Wii U GamePad, to provide certain additional gameplay. Notably, it can play all Wii games as well as support the Wii Remote controllers for native Wii U games.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Cemu   1.26.2 Medium
Decaf     git Low
Kinnay   git Low

Comparisons[edit]

Cemu (compatibility)
A closed-source Wii U emulator created in October 2015 and is regularly updated every 2 to 5 weeks. It can run a sizeable amount of games, with 13% of the tested ones (Which is about 55% of the known games for the system) listed as perfect and 37% as playable (With varying degrees of glitches), which amounts to 50% of the tested ones.
Decaf
An open-source research project for Wii U emulation. It's able to boot some commercial games.
Kinnay
This emulates the Wii U processors and hardware at the lowest level. It's able to emulate all the way through boot1, IOSU, and Cafe OS up to the Wii U menu. Written by the main Decaf developers exjam and kinnay.

Dolphin[edit]

You might have read about an unofficial branch of Dolphin with Wii U support — but don't get your hopes up. While the PowerPC architecture family in the Wii U is the same as the Wii and GameCube (this fact alone was the reason why Wii emulation was added to Dolphin, originally GameCube-only), this support is nothing more than the file viewer features (region, internal name, various info, list of files and folders inside ISO and a way to extract them) being expanded to Wii U disc images. Nothing has been done on the actual emulation front as far as Dolphin is concerned, and the Dolphin developers have said that they are not interested in adding Wii U support to Dolphin.