> What's this all about?
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!
The sun may be setting on the Wii U but we're still having fun with the wee machine and we want you to join in!
> Online gaming
Game with Club U online!
GRcade has a number of folk who run excellent, regular gaming sessions for Wii U gamers:
> Mario Kart Mondays - race and curse through 150cc racing in Mario Kart 8! Click here to see the dedicated Kart thread.
> Mario Kart Fridays - burn it up in 200cc racing in Mario Kart 8! This session shares the above Kart thread.
> Splat Wednesdays - lay the splat down in Splatoon! Click here to see the dedicated thread.
> 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.
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.
> Wii U chat history
This is the third Wii U-dedicated chat thread in GRcade. The previous two - each packed with fun and ranting! - can be viewed within the archive folder.