I know that the old remotes work with the new system, but do the new remotes work with the old system?

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    The gamepad most likely will not. The regular wiimotes, though...should be the same thing.
    – Frank
    Jul 4, 2013 at 19:56

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The Wii U gamepad (the one with the touch screen) and Wii U pro controller will not work on a Wii, and in fact do not work on the Wii mode the Wii U itself has.

All Wiimotes, including those with Wii Motion Plus (the only "new" remotes I'm aware of) will work with both Wii U and Wii systems.

There are no new "remotes" for Wii U. The Wiimotes sold for Wii U use are just Wiimotes, there is no updated Wii U version of the Wiimote. (Note there IS Wii Motion Plus, an updated version of Wiimote, but it is completely compatible for (and was design for) the Wii.)

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    Wii Remote Pluses are now packaged in teal-accented Wii U-branded packaging, so this is probably the source of the confusion.
    – cbirdsong
    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:18

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