System Software

Connect Wii U to the Internet to start enjoying features and services that deeply enrich your experience. Communicate with distant friends and family, discover new games, and much more.

Create a user

Starting your life with Wii U is easy. Create a user to personalise your experience, then add new software features instantly, and for free.

Find out more about users and system updates



Miiverse, the unique network communication system for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems, is now even better! Discover features like the Screenshot Album and Play Journal that make sharing your game experiences more fun than ever.

Learn more about Miiverse


Nintendo eShop

Purchase and download software created exclusively for Wii U, learn more about new titles, watch trailers and more.

Wii U Basic Pack: Depending on the size of the game, an additional storage device may be required for download.

Learn more about Nintendo eShop


Internet Browser

Display your favourite web pages on the TV to share them with family and friends, or just browse the web on the GamePad without using the TV.

Learn more about Internet Browser


Wii U Chat

Use the Wii U GamePad's built-in camera to chat with faraway friends and family, even when the TV is in use.

Learn more about Wii U Chat


Mii Maker

Create unique characters of yourself, your friends and family, then watch them take the starring role in supported games!

Learn more about Mii Maker

With the exception of Mii Maker, these features require an Internet connection.


Wii U plays Wii games too

As well as playing games you won't find anywhere else, Wii U is also compatible with almost all existing Wii software. Play titles on Wii Game Disc, WiiWare and Virtual Console, and transfer data from a Wii console to use on Wii U.

Find out more about backwards compatibility


The HOME Button

Push the HOME Button to suspend your game, letting you browse the web or check in on Miiverse, then push it again to jump right back into the action*.

*Unavailable during certain gameplay sequences.


Check daily records

Open the Daily Log to see which games you've played the most, or view the play records of other users registered to the Wii U console.

Play with faraway friends

Register other online players as friends and see what they're playing, then jump into an online match quickly and easily.