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Tips: How to Record Wii U Gameplay With or Without Capture Card

By Jennifer Mario

Updated on July 01, 2020

Previously, we have shared a great many detailed tutorials for gameplayers when it comes to record gameplay on various heated game consoles, like Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and suchlike. But there is one more topic to discuss, that is how to record Wii U gameplay on computers with high quality.

Generally speaking, as Wii U popular is, yet it doesn't come with a built-in game recording function, making recording gameplay a headache question for lots of Wii U game players. With this post, you will learn the detailed tips on recording Wii U gameplay with 2 ways, with or without a capture card. But before the whole recording, please prepare a Wii U Screen Recorder and some professional recording tool. Let's start with here to learn what are they and record Wii U gameplay with 60 fps of high quality.


1. Get Ready: What's You Need for Recording Wii U Gameplay

Foreword: A majority of computers are built with an HDMI out port, while a tiny minority comes with an HDMI in port. Thus, to better illustrate the whole recording, we will show you the basic need for preparing Wii U gameplay recording.

#1 Wii U Console

The console is included in the Wii U set when you purchase. It is the first Nintendo console that supports HD graphics with various video output options, including 1080P, 1080I, 720P, 576I,480P and 480I through HDMI. Thus, before Wii U gameplay recording, please choose the preferred video output in advance.

#2 Capture Card

Since there are no HDMI In port on computer, you should prepare an HD capture card for Wii U gameplay. Then your computer is capable to receive the video signal from the Wii U console. Since there are various capture cards for options, we highly recommend Elgato Capture HD for capturing Wii U games.

#3 2 HDMI Cables

An HDMI cable is also included in the Wii U set. But it is not enough for record Wii U gameplay, for it just connects the capture card with Wii U game console. Here, you should get another HDMI cable ready to connect the monitor and capture card. You can find it on your capture card.

#4 A USB to USB-C Cable

This USB to USB-C cable is also included in the capture card set and is used to connect the capture card with your PC.

#5 A Compatible PC

For different capture cards, the system requirement for your PC, laptop or Mac can be varied. So please check if your PC is fully compatible with your capture card. For example, you'll need Windows 10 (64-bit) or macOS Sierra with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (or better) for Elgato Game Capture HD60.

#6 Wii U Screen Recorder / Game Capture Software

To record Wii U gameplay, you should prepare an HD Screen Recorder. And TuneFab Screen Recorder is such a simple but powerful game capture for newbie or veteran game players. The following are the main features of TuneFab Screen Recorder. Get it fully downloaded and installed on your computer first before recording.

Basic Features of TuneFab Screen Recorder for Recording Gameplay

* Meet various needs of video recording: gameplays, streaming video, presentation, and picture-in-picture, etc.

* Adjustable video quality for Wii U gameplays recording with 6 options, and they are low, lowest, medium, high, highest, lowest.

* Video frame rate is also adjustable and optional, that is, 20 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps and 60 fps.

* Save your Wii U gameplays to various output formats such as MOV, MP4, M4V, GIF and more.

* Edit your video is available while recording, like adding notes, annotations, and more.

* Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and macOS 10.9 to 10.15.

* Dig out more during the recording.

Tips: If your computer is built-in with HDMI out port, then just get the Wii U console, Wii U Screen Recorder, HDMI cable ready for the whole Wii U gameplay recording. Once you have connected the Wii U game console with PC via HDMI cable, then you can jump Step 2 of the following tutorials for record Wii U gameplay.

2. Gameplayers Picks: How to Record Wii U Gameplay with Capture Card

Step 1. Connect Wii U to Your Computer

Insert the first HDMI cable to your Wii U game console and connect the HDMI In port it with the capture Card. After that insert the second HDMI cable to the out port side of your Capture card and connect the HDMI In port to your computer. Use the USB cable to connect your computer with the capture card. The whole connect mode is as follows.

Connect Wii U to Computer

Step 2. Launch TuneFab Screen Recorder on Your PC

Now launch the TuneFab Screen Recorder to get started. On the main interface, you will see multiple modes available: "Video Recorder", "Webcam Recorder", "Audio Recorder" and "Screen Capture". If you are on Windows, you will see "More" instead of "Webcam Recorder". To record your Wii U gameplays, choose "Video Recorder" to start.

Screen Recorder Main

Step 3. Set Recording Region

Now, hit the first button to customize the recording region. Since Wii U support 1080p video output, here you can hit the Custom button and then select 1080p (1920 x 1080) for Wii U gameplay recording. Then you can move to the video parameter settings step.

Set Record Region on Mac

Step 4. Configure Video Recording Settings

Hit the Gear icon on the TuneFab Screen Recorder interface to enter "Preferences". In the "Output" tab, you can set the output file location and output format. For Mac users, you can save your videos into MOV, MP4, M4V and Gif while for Windows users, you can save it to MOV, MP4, M4V, Gif, and more. Additionally, you can set your video quality from lowest to lossless and frame rate from 20fps to 60fps here. Click on "OK" to exit.

Tips: For better output quality, here we recommend setting the output video parameters as MP4 with 60fps and lossless quality. But if you are worried about the whole size, then MP4 with 30 fps and high quality will be output in good quality and small size.

Select Output Format

Step 5. Start Capturing Wii U Gameplay on Your Computer

Click the green REC button to start recording. Turn on your Wii U console and start playing your favorite game on Wii U. As you are playing games, your Wii U gameplay action will be captured through TuneFab Screen Recorder.

Start Recording

Step 6. Preview and Save Recorded Wii U Video

Click the red Stop button to end your game recording. You can replay the video and see if you have recorded everything you need. Don't forget to click "Save" to store the video on your computer.

Save Recording

Above are the detailed introductions for you to record Wii U gameplays to a computer with or without the use of a capture card. Capturing Wii U gameplays by using a capture card is widely used by many game players and it do a good job. Though it looks a bit complicated, it is actually easy to manipulate. Why not give it a try and let us know about your thoughts?

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