Wii U Stylus
The Wii U stylus is used for user input on the Wii U touchscreen controller. While the stylus isn’t required to operate the controller, it’s useful when when very delicate input is needed. For instance, this can be when using a Wii U drawing app or tracing app. The stylus is included with the Wii U console and controller, and will be included in all future Wii U models. The Wii U stylus can be slotted into a spot in the back of the controller. Since the stylus is a simple design and made of plastic, it’s likely that there will be many third party stylus offerings by other companies. However, Nintendo has patented the official Wii U stylus design that’s included with the console.

Wii U stylus drawing app

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Nintendo demonstrated a Wii U stylus based drawing app at E3, where players could draw and paint a Nintendo character. In the image above, you can see Link from the Wii U Zelda game being drawn on the tablet. The drawing is also streamed to the television set. However, users can also opt to use only the tablet controller. This drawing app will likely be included as part of the Wii U software package and the operating system. Third party developers will probably release apps and mini games on the Nintendo Network eShop channel, apps that focus on drawing and coloring.

Besides drawing, the Wii U stylus can be used for simple touchscreen inputs, like pressing buttons. Players can also use the stylus to write their name or try and solve puzzles in games that require writing. A Wii U Zelda level has been showcased where the player needed to use the stylus to navigate a maze in order to solve a puzzle in the game. This is one of the many ways games could utilize the stylus and the touchscreen controller.

While Nintendo hasn’t shown any plans of selling the Wii U stylus separately, it’s possible that they’ll offer replacement stylus for those who lose the original one. Third party accessory makers are likely to release their versions of the Wii U Stylus with additional features, colors, and designs. Check out the Wii U accessories page for all the accessories for the console.

Wii U stylus images and photos

The following shows some images and photos show the stylus in use. As the photos demonstrate, it can be used to draw almost anything on the controller and to control games and gameplay aspects.
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  • Daniel

    Worth Looking Into For Wii U Controlers To Use Stylus Features.

  • KingKai

    So is the screen like the DS touchscreen or the iPod touchscreen?

    • Mr.JP

      its like the ds touch screen, its a better touch screen for gameplay but not in general but its not like the gamepad is an ipad anyway

      • EPICGAMER111

        you are so correct

    • Nils

      The ds

  • Jose

    Stylus looks similar to the DS stylus.

    • Norm the Conqueror

      That could be for convenience. Like, if you lost your DS stylus, you could just use the one for the Wii U.

  • Jerm1234

    Im gonna be making masterpieces on my wii u!

  • Jacob

    UGH! another stylist I must have lost at least 50 of the darn things between the ds AND the 3ds. they would constantly fall out of the “containers” I hope they actually make this one work.

    • Jacob

      Although if it really is the old DS stylist I would be swimming in them (I recently moved houses and located ALL of my lost DS pens, which no longer work with the 3DS) *fingers crossed*

  • yummmmmmmmmm rice!!!!!!!!!!!

    why is there so much written about the stylus i mean it has an included stylus for precision done

  • Policarpio

    I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reanidg what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a great grasp on the topic matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from a lot more than one angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so a lot. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your very own thought process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.

  • Nils

    i think you should be able to use the nintendo dual-screen(ds) stylus too

  • Leroy Jenkins

    When Im going to get the Wii U, Im going to draw a waffle XD

  • racer5200

    can it draw a thin and thickness line?

  • Noxen IV

    Any idea when Nintendo will release a drawing application for the Wii U? I would love to draw and show off what I drew on this!

  • Guys can you actually draw on the Wii U when you buy it? or you have to buy an app or something?