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Is the Wii U a Portable Game System Like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS?

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Question: Is the Wii U a Portable Game System Like the Nitnendo 3DS and Nintendo DS?

Answer: The Wii U is not a portable gaming system, and unlike the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo 3DS, it is not meant to be played outside the house.

Nintendo's Wii U is the follow-up to the Wii, and, like the Wii, it is meant to be played indoors. The Wii U's most prominent feature is the six-inch touchscreen embedded in its controller, which makes it easy to see why it might be mistaken for a portable game system. However, the Wii U controller wirelessly beams information to and from the Wii U console. Even though you can play Wii U games on the controller's embedded screen instead of on a television, the controller is not a separate game console. You can take a Nintendo DS or 3DS anywhere; if you try to do the same with the Wii U controller, it will not work.

At Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference, President Satoru Iwata made it clear that the Wii U is "not designed to be a portable gaming system." If you want on-the-road gaming goodness, you'll have to grab a Nintendo DS, DSi, or 3DS.

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