Joyoshare VidiKit (Video Toolkit)

  • Record screen, audio, webcam, gameplay and specific windows
  • Built-in video editor to crop, subtitle, adjust speed, effect, and more
  • One-stop solution to cut, merge, compress, convert, and repair videos
  • Support 240 FPS and 1080p/4K high-resolution video output

How to Record Wii U Gameplay in High Quality

Q:"How do you record your Wii U gameplay?" - From Reddit

Wii U, the first eighth-generation home video game console developed by Nintendo, is the successor to the Wii, competing with Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics and is capable of producing video output up to 1080p. If you would like to use your video recordings to show off your gaming skills, showcase your highlights, or share your entire story as it unfolds, you can learn how to record Wii U gameplay with or without a capture card in high quality here. If you are an avid Nintendo lover, you can also learn how to record Wii gameplay in our previous article.

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How to Connect Wii U to Computer

Elgato is one of a sought-after brands of game capture card in the market. It has many products, such as HD60 S, HD60 S+, HD60 Pro, 4K60 S+, 4K60 Pro, etc. Here uses HD60 S as an example. HD60 S features Instant Gameview, an instant preview on the computer monitor to reflect your reactions on webcam, live commentary, etc. In addition to this, it is able to seamlessly help you record your Wii U gameplay for hours in pretty high quality. If you are OK with its high price, it will be an ideal option for connecting computer with Wii U or other popular gaming consoles. Prepare Wii U console, Elgato HD60 S, a USB to USB-C cable, HDMI cables and a compatible computer in advance.

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Step 1: Insert the first HDMI cable to your Wii U game console and use it to connect the "In" port of your Elgato HD60 S;
Step 2: Use the second HDMI cable to link the "Out" port of the capture card with your computer;
Step 3: Use the USB cable you've prepared previously to connect the computer with the Elgato HD60 S capture card;

Tip 1. How to Record Wii U Gameplay with Joyoshare VidiKit

Joyoshare VidiKit - Screen Recorder, a built-in tool in an all-powerful video toolbox called Joyoshare VidiKit, is created in response to anyone that has a need for gameplay recording or other various types of recording tasks, such as make video tutorials, download online movies, record video calls and virtual meetings, etc. Supporting advanced recording technology, this software will allow you to record screen with no watermark, no time limit as well as no lag at all.

More than recording, you are also able to change video quality, track mouse movement, take screencasts, cut down useless content during the recording process, etc. With frictionless performance, this smart and handy program will surely give you the edge so that you can record gameplay on Steam, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3/4, etc. with far greater ease.

Key Features of Joyoshare VidiKit
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  • Support a variety of gaming consoles and other devices
  • Record all kinds of gameplay in extremely high quality
  • Output recordings to a package of video and audio formats
  • Manage recordings by playing, cutting, editing ID3 tags, etc.
  • Grab capturing area and take screencasts easily and fast
  • Step 1 Open Wii U Recorder

    Connect Wii U Console to Computer Monitor. After downloading and installing Joyoshare VidiKit on your computer, double-click to run the all-in-one video toolbox. From the four sections shown on the left side, press "Record" and select the "Screen Recorder" to open Joyoshare VidiKit. If you plan to record gameplay on Wii U with sound, please make sure that you've chosen the "Record video and audio" mode by clicking on the camera-like icon on the right side of the main screen. Don't forget to turn on/off system sound and microphone according to your needs. You are also capable of adjusting the volume easily.

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  • Step 2Set Screen Recording Preferences

    Before recording any gameplay on the Wii U console, you can confirm other related settings to touch up your game video recordings. To do so, you need to tap the little gear icon that can be easily found at the lower-right corner of the main interface. After that, you will be able to set up your output format and change the codec, resolution, frame rate, etc. by pressing the "Format" button. You can also add watermark to screen recording, highlight cursor and clicks, schedule recording tasks, and more.

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  • Step 3 Select Recording Area Freely

    Using Joyoshare VidiKit, you can record Wii U either in full screen or a partial screen. To select a capturing area of any size, you need to tap the "+" icon on the left side of the main interface and drag the edge of the pop-up frame in the way you like to fit your window. You can also choose a specific standard resolution by pressing the small triangle icon near the "+" icon as well as manually setting the width and height of your recording area.

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  • Step 4Record Wii U Gameplay

    Having set all recording preferences well, you can now go straight to tap the blue "REC" button on the main screen to begin recording your desired Wii U gameplay. You are allowed to hit the "Pause" button on the minimized toolbar to skip any useless content, cut recordings via the "Cut" button and finish recording with the "Stop" button.

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Tip 2. How to Screen Record Wii U with OBS

Open Broadcast Software is competent to help you record sorts of events from your computer, including gameplay footages, online chats, instructions videos, movies, webinars, lectures and many more with high quality and without watermark and time limit. Also, this open-source gameplay recorder gives you more support in changing video quality, bit rate, channel, sample rate, resolution, etc. to make the content more targeted. If you want to add voice over to your gameplay recording, you are entitled to set audio settings and capture sound from your microphone.

Step 1: Connect Wii U to your computer. Download and launch OBS on your computer. Create or select scene and source based on your need.
Step 2: To access more advanced video and audio settings, simply click the blue Settings button at the lower-right corner.
Step 3: Then, get your gameplay ready and click the Start Recording button to start the recording process. To end the recording, just click the blue Stop Recording button.

Tip 3. How to Record Wii U Gameplay without a Capture Card

Capture Card is the prerequisite to capturing Wii U gameplay on computer if you choose to use a screen recorder. Actually, you can connect monitor to Wii using HDMI cable. But for connecting console with computer, the only way is to use a capture card. If you are desirous of capturing this gameplay without a pricy capture card, you can follow the below steps and prepare a phone in advance. The Camera application in your phone can help you do that easily.

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Step 1: Adjust your phone to the best recording position and open Camera on your phone.
Step 2: Then, adjust and find the view angle. Confirm that you are in a place without noise.
Step 3: Play your Wii U gameplay and start recording. When you finish the recording, click the same button again to end the recording process.

FAQs about Wii U Gameplay

Q1. How to livestream on Wii U?

A: Unlike PlayStation 4, Wii U does not support direct streaming. To livestream on Wii U, you will need a capture card, which supports HDMI and then install it on your PC. All you need to do is connect the Wii U and PC, and use a third-party tool such as OBS to help you do streaming.

Q2. How to take screenshots on Wii U?

A: You will be able to do so by pressing the home button. But it is worth mentioning that you won't be able to do this during the online battles since you need to access the home button. But using Joyoshare VidiKit, you can take screenshots at any time.

Q3. How to record Wii U gameplay with USB?

A: With a USB cable, you can record Wii U easily if you have a capture card. Also, you can connect your Wii U with computer by following the detailed steps that we have mentioned before.

Q4. How to set up a Wii U?

A: Connect the Wii U console to AC adapter and charge it. Then, connect console to your TV and choose input channel for Wii U console. Now, on the console, find and press the sync button. Using stylus to press sync button on the back of the Wii U GamePad. Select the symbols on television according to instructions. Set the language, date and time based on your need.

Q5. How to play Wii U games on Mac?

A: Before you play Wii U games on computer, you should download and choose an emulator to help you do that. Activate emulator on your Mac and choose a gameplay that you want to play.

Q6. What is the best capture card for Wii U?

A: To choose a capture card for Wii U, you should consider many aspects, including resolution, frame rate, input type, interface, and more. And for recording an excellent Wii U gameplay video, Elgato game capture HD card is the best choice.


Wii U, a home video game console, boasts numerous users all over the world. Many users still look for a solution to capture Wii U gameplay video to share with their friends or upload to social websites. Fortunately, now, you know how to do that with or without capture card via 3 feasible methods. If you want to get high-quality gameplay video, we highly recommend you to use capture card and choose an eminent screen recorder like Joyoshare VidiKit to help you.


Joyoshare VidiKit

Complete video toolkit combines recording, conversion and editing


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