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Official games for Australia are PAL version, for Australia, NZ, UK (but not USA, Canada or other NTSC territories)
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Why is there both a "Wii U" and the (original) Wii?

Nintendo revolutionised gaming with the Wii by bringing a new audience to the world of videogames.  Later, the release of the Wii U confused new users.

Is there a real difference? What is it?

Of course, the original Wii and the Wii U are very different consoles. So, while  you may just want to focus on your  favourite Wii U games,  it does beg the obvious question on everyone's lips.... are the games interchangeable? 

The short answer is mostly yes, but it only works one way, because while you can build the past into the future, building the future into the past is a thing of folklore, dreams, and movie plots!  

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So where does this leave you? In Australia, providing you buy PAL version games for the original Wii , you can usually play them on the newer Wii U console. The common term for this concept is " backward-compatibility".

This also  means you have an opportunity to play a very large catalogue of well-regarded games if you upgrade to the newer Wii U console.  Because some games may be hard to find over time,  the ability to play older and rarer games without having to own both consoles is an added bonus.

  • You can usually play (original) Wii games on the Wii U
  • You won't be able to play Wii U games on the earlier (original) Wii.
  • There are some rules, covered below

What is required?

Generally you will need to use the (original) Wii controllers (Wiimote, nunchuk etc) to be able to play the classic Wii games on your Wii U.  Compatibility of each (original) Wii game on the Wii U has not been guaranteed by Nintendo for every game, but Wikipedia will likely be updated over time with further information as time unfolds, so you can research a little before purchasing an (original) Wii game for your Wii U console.

Google " sellingoutsoon"  for more information, or contact us through our ebay store for Wii games that we sell on ebay if you're unsure if the game we sell will work on your Wii U.
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