The Wii U GamePad is a tablet-like controller that supports off TV play.

The Mario Kart game for the Wii U is Mario Kart 8. It can be played on the Wii U GamePad.

The GamePad does not have the ability to control Wii games, but what it does have the ability to do is display the screen. If you press + on the Wii Remote before the Wii Menu starts, it will display the GamePad only and not the TV.

The GamePad can do different things. For example, it will display a different screen than the TV sometimes.


The Wii U GamePad has different parts. Some will have no description.

A - Usually games use to confirm.

B - Usually games use to cancel.



D-Pad - Can be used if you are steering in Mario Kart 8.

Left Joystick - The joystick on the left side. Pushing force on it will make a "click" sound.

Right Joystick - The joystick on the right side. Pushing force on it will make a "click" sound.

+ (Start) - Games usually use to pause the game.

- (Select)





Power - Turn on/turn off the power.

TV Control - Set up TV Remote in System Settings.

Battery Power - If the circle does nothing, it's fine. If the circle is orange, the Wii U GamePad is charging. If the circle is red, the Wii U GamePad is almost dead. If the circle is red and flashing, it only has a few seconds to run out of battery power.

Mic - Located next to the home button.

Home Menu - Opens up the Home Menu.