I know that Wii-U will work with the original Wii games and hardware.

When I play original Wii games on the Wii-U will the game graphics up convert to 720p/1080p? Or will the system play them in standard definition 480p?

  • The system isn't even out yet. This is speculation.
    – Frank
    Sep 19, 2012 at 15:15
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    This meta post should address your points: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/3436/…. Essentially, without being the creator of the device, we can't give a definitive answer. Questions about upcoming releases (games or gaming devices) are off-topic.
    – Frank
    Sep 19, 2012 at 15:45
  • Now that the system is out, how is this a closed question?
    – Jeff
    Nov 22, 2012 at 13:54
  • I've voted re-open
    – Frantumn
    Nov 22, 2012 at 15:20
  • As a side note, if you want HD Wii games, you can play them on an emulator. However, since games were not designed for HD, it might not work for every one of them. Mar 14, 2015 at 18:13

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Nintendo made official statements about this last year in interviews that no, Wii U will not upscale Wii games. Those interviews date back to the console's original reveal, but as far as I know, Nintendo's stance on that issue hasn't changed since.

  • Not that upscaling on the console would've changed anything, the TV does that anyway. To make a difference the video would have to be rendered in a higher internal resolution.
    – kotekzot
    Nov 22, 2012 at 19:12

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