This is the Nintendo Wii U community chat thread for GRcade. It's a place for discussing news and sharing views on all aspects of the Wii U.
"Club U" is GRcade's unofficial club for fans of the Wii U. The club is not anti-other gaming formats nor negative towards them; we just enjoy the U!
> Online gaming
Game with Club U online! T9Flake maintains a record of Nintendo Network Identity Codes (NNIDs) for GRcadians. If you're a Wii U owner, why not join in? Click here to view and update the log.
> Help and guidance
Useful information on some of the most common questions raised by new owners of a Wii U console.
Your NNID is your user identity when you use the console. If you own a Nintendo 3DS console then you can use the same one for your Wii U.
What is a NNID?: Link.
Guidance on creating a new NNID: Link.
Guidance on using your existing 3DS NNID with your Wii U: Link.
Connecting the Wii U to your wi-fi
The console will usually be able to connect to your wireless hub as per any other computing device. If you experience difficulty then you may need to manually change the settings. Kotaku noted some setting information that may help you - Link. If you'd prefer to use a wired ethernet connection then Nintendo supplies a branded adapter ("Wii LAN Adapter") that can be purchased - Link.
Gamepad wireless connection
The Gamepad connects wirelessly with the Wii U console. Whether you can move around your room or home without the signal being affected will depend upon the type of walls that you have in your room. If the building is modern with thin (plasterboard) walls then the signal will go right through; but if the walls are traditional (brick or stone) then the connection will be impacted.
The Wii U console is supplied with either 8Gb or 32Gb of on-board storage; it refers to the space available for storing games and files on your console. As digital downloading is becoming increasingly popular, you may find that you want to have more storage space. The Wii U has USB connection ports which allow an external storage device to be plugged in.
Nintendo recommend that an externally-powered hard drive is used. Some owners have successfully used USB flash drives and hard drives that take their power from the console, but these are not recommended by Nintendo.
In general, most externally-powered (i.e. with its own power supply) USB (v2 or v3) hard drives can be used. The ports themselves are v2 but compatible with v3. The console supports drives up to 2Tb in size; a larger drive could be used but only 2Tb of space will be available to the console. Nintendo maintains a list of compatible drives that they have successfully tested with the console - Link.
Transferring your Wii console content to your Wii U console
Games that you have stored on your Wii console can be transferred to your Wii U. If you transfer a Virtual Console game that is available (or later made available) in an enhanced Wii U format then you will be entitled to upgrade the game at a reduced cost to the eShop pricing.
Games that are transferred to your Wii U console are accessible via the "Wii mode" icon on the console's main menu.
Guidance on the Wii to Wii U transfer process - Link.
Wii Remotes, Wii Remote Pluses, Nunchucks, Wii Classic controllers and Wii wheels are compatible with the Wii U console. The controllers need to be paired (connected) with the console before they can be used.
Nintendo information on playing styles: Link.
Nintendo Network Premium
Nintendo Network Premium is a scheme administered by Nintendo for the owners of 'premium' Wii U consoles. A 'premium' console is classed as one that has 32Gb on-board storage and comes supplied with the Gamepad cradle, Gamepad rest and console stand.
Points are awarded for all purchases made from the Nintendo Wii U eSHop and these points can be collected to claim vouchers to spend in the eShop. Nintendo runs a website for these owners - Link - and you can sign in using your NNID and password. Points are totted up automatically (updated daily) as you make purchases from the eShop. Points can be collected until 31 December 2014.
The vouchers can be spent in the Wii U or the 3DS versions of the eShop.
When you make a Nintendo purchase then you can usually claim Club Nintendo points. Complete the setup process (link below) to ensure that your eShop purchases are automatically awarded points. If you purchase a physical product that is supplied with a Nintendo registration card, you can manually log the code at the Club Nintendo website. The points can be collected and gifts can be claimed from the Stars Catalogue as detailed on the Club Nintendo website.
Sign up for Club Nintendo UK: Link.
How to link your NNID to your Club Nintendo account: Link.
Linking up with Friends
Playing online is a major feature of modern gaming and you can do this with your Wii U console. You can also communicate with your friends in fun and innovative ways - refer to the Miiverse section below.
Guidance on linking up with friends: Link.
The Miiverse is the central communication hub of your Wii U console. It allows you to message, draw and communicate with your Wii U friends and other Wii U owners. The Miiverse also features specific areas ("communities") in which you can view and share information about specific games. You are able to write messages, post screenshots and, more recently for the Mario Kart 8 game, post video. Try looking around the Miiverse - it's amazing!
The Miiverse can be viewed via PC or tablet device but it is at its most effective when accessed via your Wii U console. The Miiverse can also be used through a Nintendo 3DS console, but it is slightly slower and not quite as fully-featured.
About the Miiverse: Link.
Miiverse - PC login: Link.
> Links and references
Handy sources of information on the Wii U.
Wikipedia - Nintendo: Link.
Nintendo UK - Link.
Nintendo UK - Wii U support: Link.
Nintendo UK - official Wii U accessories: Link.
Club Nintendo UK - Link
The original GRcade Wii U thread - Club U: Ambassadors of Funk: Link - This thread ran from 2011 through to August 2014 and contains a wealth of Wii U news and discussion!
> Thread maintenance
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Opening Post last updated 14/Nov/2014 16:58
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