While building a database of Wii U games, I am struggling with the meaning of the hardware requirement symbols on the backside of the game. I can keep apart the symbols e.g. for Wiimote, Wii U Gamepad, USB stick and headset, but there are a lot of other symbols I don't understand.

Is there a comprehensive list with possible Wii U input methods and accessoires, including the icons which can be found on a game's backside?

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    Can you show a picture of the ones that you don't understand?
    – user61492
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 8:59
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    Seems like nintendo.com/consumer/buyers_guide.jsp has not been updated yet with Wii U Icons. A lot of them should be similliar to the Wii ones, so this may help you a bit.
    – Yalla T.
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 9:42
  • Here: img163.imageshack.us/img163/2191/vw54.jpg (2nd and 5th symbol) and img69.imageshack.us/img69/5198/zwf3.jpg (last symbol). However, there might be other symbols I haven't seen yet - therefore I wanted a list.
    – abaumg
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 9:57
  • @YallaT.: Many thanks, this is what I wanted (but didn't find). (If this page included the Wii U icons, you could have posted it as an answer I'd accept.)
    – abaumg
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 10:01

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I couldn't find a list of those icons, so for now, I'm going to describe the ones from the screenshots provided in the comments.

First image, as provided in the comments
From left to right:

  • Obviously the Wii U GamePad: the main controller for the Wii U.
  • The Wii U Pro Controller: a more traditional controller, similar to the Xbox 360 controller.
  • The Wii Remote aka Wiimote: the main controller for the Wii.
  • The Nunchuck: an add-on for the Wiimote, adding an analog stick, two shoulder buttons and another accelerometer.
  • The Classic Controller: an add-on for the Wiimote that acts as a traditional controller.
  • Possibly the PDP headset, but it could also refer to headsets in general.

Second image, as provided in the comments
Last icon:

  • The Wii Wheel: Actually, it's just a piece of plastic to make the Wiimote feel like a wheel.

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