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2 Ways to Help You Record Wii U Gameplay

By Zoe Clarke

May 25, 2018

Are you a big fan of Wii U games? Have you ever made a game tutorial? Do you want to record Wii U gameplay to show your friends? If you nod your head again and again, then you really can't miss this article as I will introduce two easy ways to help you record Wii U gameplay with high quality. The first way is using video capture card which may not be unfamiliar to you, while the second way is using Screen Recorder software like TuneFab Screen Recorder.


Part 1. Brief Introduction for Wii U

Before showing how to record Wii U gameplay, I'd like to make a brief introduction for Wii U.

The Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo Co., Ltd which is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company. It is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics and is backward compatible with all Wii software and the accessories-games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo's more traditionally designed Classic Controller or Wii U Pro Controller for input.

The Wii U uses a custom multi-chip module developed by AMD, IBM, and Renesas in co-operation with Nintendo IRD and Nintendo Technology Development. The Wii U games can be downloaded digitally through Nintendo eShop, or retail on physical media.

Wii U

Part 2. Use Video Capture Card to Record Wii U Gameplay

To record gameplay on PC, video capture card such as Elgato Capture Card HD can help you. Then how to record Wii U gameplay by using Elgato Capture Card HD? Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Unbox and plug in the HDMI cable which is included in the labeled port.

Step 2. Then the other end of HDMI cable should go straight to your Wii U to connect them.

Step 3. Connect your port and your TV set or monitor by plugging the next HDMI cable and use the mini USB to USB cable which connects to your capture card and plugs it into your PC.

Step 4. Download the software for the Elgato game capture card and open it.

Step 5. When you are ready to record Wii U gameplay, click on the red circle. The recording will start on your PC and the gameplay will be directly saved in the Elgato Game Capture HD.

Elgato Game Capture HD

Part 3. Use TuneFab Screen Recorder to Record Wii U Gameplay

As a video capture card is a little expensive, you may wander a cheaper way to record Wii U gameplay. And you can download a recorder like TuneFab Screen Recorder for a try. It is a powerful screen-capturing tool that can help you Wii U gameplay, screen activity, online videos, etc. Easily to operate with high output quality. Here is the step-by-step guide for how to download Wii U gameplay.

Step 1. Download and Register TuneFab Screen Recorder

First, click on the button below to download TuneFab Screen Recorder.

Then Install and launch the program. You will see a pop-up window as below which show you the limitations of the trial version. You are allowed to only save 3 minutes of each recording. So you need to register the program to save the whole gameplay.

Just a few steps to register. First, click on "Purchase" button at the bottom right corner to purchase and then later you will receive an email with activation code. Second, click on "Register" button, enter the activation code and click on "Register" button. Finally, you can use the program without any limitation.


Step 2. Select Recording Area

As TuneFab Screen Recorder can record screen or audios, so to record Wii U gameplay, you need to click on "Screen Recorder" option on the interface. Then you can see an interface as below. You can select recording area, "Full screen" or "Custom" as you like.

Select Recording Area

Step 3. Select Recording Inputs

If you want to introduce the game, then click on both "System Sound" and "Microphone" to enable the checkmarks. But if you don't want to record your voice, then just select "System Sound" and disable"Microphone" option.

Select Recording Inputs

Step 4. Change Setting

Change Location of Output Files and Screenshots:  Click on the "Settings" button and then you will see the "Preferences" interface. Go to "Output" to change output folder.

Reset Hotkeys: In the setting menu, you can also reset the hotkeys by choosing "Hotkeys". Especially when you select full screen as recording area, then you need to operate by pressing hotkeys.

Select Output Format: In addition to that, you are free to select output formats like WMV or MP4, video codec, video quality and set audio preferences.

Change Setting

Step 5. Record the Gameplay

At last, you can connect Wii U with your TV or display and prepare to start the game. Then click on the "REC" button or press hotkeys to start recording. When you want to stop recording, click on the "stop" button or press hotkeys. Then you can take a preview of the recorded gameplay, see as below. At last, don't forget to save the gameplay by clicking on "Save" on the lower right corner.

Preview Recorded Gameplay

Watch Video Tutorial on How to Record Video with TuneFab

To record Wii U gameplay, you can use Video Capture Cards or Screen Recorder such as TuneFab Screen Recorder. But Video Capture Card is much more expensive than TuneFab Screen Recorder and what's more, TuneFab Screen Recorder can also help you record audios from streaming music apps. Therefore don't hesitate to download this professional screen recorder and don't forget to introduce to your friends.

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