Wii U with a code name of 'Project Cafe', is a video game console belonging to the eighth generation of consoles and being the first of it, created by Nintendo and a direct successor to Wii. The console was launched on November 18, 2012 in North America. It was unveiled at the Nintendo conference during E3 2011 on June 7, 2011. It competes with SONY's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.
Wii U is Nintendo's sixth home console and the first to produce high definition graphics up to 1080p resolution. It includes a new controller that incorporates a touch screen that is also capable of reproducing high-definition graphics that allows you to continue playing with the console even when the television is turned off. The system is backwards compatible with Wii games, which will support Wii peripherals, such as the WiiMote or Wii Balance Borrad and including NFS technology, which modifies the way you play video games. However, it will not be backward compatible with the peripherals of the Nintendo Game Cube but such games can be downloaded from the Virtual Console.