Nintendo detailed many functions of the Wii U GamePad during the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct. Nintendo revealed that you can use it as a universal TV remote – all you have to do is press the TV Control Button, which is just left of the Power Button. Nintendo also promised that the Wii U GamePad will act as a TV guide by showing information about television programs on its touchscreen.



  1. Now that device would be pretty hot. I wonder if it’s compatible to HD cable box converter like TimeWarner or Comcast. Anyway, Nintendo really put the U in universal. Thanks for sharing this topic Alba.


  2. Still keeping my remote. I have no idea if it can be used while you’re playing a game and it obviously won’t have every button.


    • being virtual it could have every button ever made and more. and yes turning on the tv is a phisical button so yes it can be used while playing games


  3. If this is compatible with AT&T U-Verse, it will be helpful because their (U-verse) remote sucks! I find the iPad app worked better than their own remote. I just hope the Wii U GamePad’s screen will have tactile feedback like Android devices (and unlike iPad).


  4. It’s going to okay for here in the UK.
    Whilst it’ll be okay for the main TV functions, and possibly built in Freeview, it’ll still be partially useless for anyone with Sky/External Freeview Box.

    Plus, the fact that with all universal remote controls, you’ll likely have to go trying random codse till it matches your TV.


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