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Wii U Screen Recorder: How to Record Wii U Gameplay With or Without a Capture Card

Jane Zhou Updated on Jul 27, 2021|   min read

There are lots of reasons why people need to record Wii U gameplay. You can share your recordings with your friends, make tutorials, or look back on the gameplay to find out where you went wrong. This post will show you how to record Wii U gameplay without capture card or with a capture card, and the wonderful Wii screen recorder will also be mentioned.

Related Article: >> Best Game Recording Software for PC

How to Record Wii U Gameplay With a Capture Card 

Generally speaking, Wii U doesn't come with a built-in game recording function, so that recording gameplay becomes a headache question for lots of Wii U game players. In this part, you will learn detailed tips on recording Wii U gameplay with a capture card.

1. Connect Computer with Wii Using Capture Card

Prepare a Wii U screen recorder and some other professional recording tools, such as a Wii U game capture card and some cables. Also, you need to connect the devices to your game player and computer beforehand. We will show you how to do that will a step-by-step tutorial.

Connect wii u with capture card

Things You Need:

  • Wii U game console
  • HDMI cables
  • A computer
  • A capture card (Elgato is recommended)
  • A screen recorder (EaseUS RecExperts is recommended)

Insert the first HDMI cable to your Wii U game console and connect the HDMI IN port with the capture Card. After that, insert the second HDMI cable to your capture card's OUT port side and connect the HDMI IN port to your computer. Use the USB cable to connect your computer with the capture card.

2. Two Methods of Recording Wii U Gameplay on PC

We want to introduce 2 game recording programs to you to capture the Wii U gameplay on Windows PC. Before that, don't forget to connect Wii U to your PC with a capture card.

Part1. How to Record Wii Gameplay with EaseUS RecExperts

EaseUS RecExperts for Windows is a competent screen recorder that can record gameplay by capturing the full screen or part. It also supports recording system sound, the microphone audio, or both of them. And when an external camera is connected to your computer, it also works as a powerful webcam recorder. Click the button below to have a great recording experience.

Then, follow the tutorial on how to screen record Wii U below to capture what you need.

Step 1. Launch the game you're about to record and then open up EaseUS RecExperts. There are four optional modes on the main interface. Choose the "Full Screen" to continue.

record the game

Step 2. If you want to adjust the settings according to your needs, click on the "Settings" button on the right side. You can customize the output folder, output format, and quality of the recordings. Moreover, don't forget to select a suitable frame rate as it will ensure you record the game without lag.

game recording settings

Step 3. And then, a floating toolbar will appear, and you can pause or stop the recording. Besides that, the camera icon enables you to take a screenshot, and the timer icon enables you to stop the recording automatically.

game record

Step 4. After saving the recorded gameplay video, a media player will pop up. It gives you a built-in tool to trim the recording, extract audio from the video, add an opening & ending part. You can find the tool on the bottom of the player.

game recording file share

How to record Wii U gameplay with a laptop? This powerful Wii U recorder can run smoothly both on a Windows desktop computer and laptop. It's lightweight so that you don't need to worry that it will consume too much memory of your device. Have a try and capture the gameplay on your laptop with no lag. 

Part 2. How to Record Wii U on PC with OBS Studio

How to record Wii U gameplay free? First of all, you need a free Wii U recorder, such as OBS Studio. This recorder is a free software program designed for broadcasting live gaming, but it can also work as Wii U recording software   if you want to do that.

Most screen capture programs allow you to configure your quality settings before starting recording, and so does OBS. Before you record your gameplay, you need to know that the higher the video quality is, the larger the final file size will be. Make sure that your computer has enough room to keep the video recorded. Follow the steps below to record a Wii U gameplay.

OBS Studio

There is a tutorial about how to screen record on Wii u using OBS:

Step 1. Launch OBS and click the "Settings" button.

Step 2. Click the "Encoding" tab and enter 1000 into the Max Bitrate field.

Step 3. Check the "Use CBR" box and set the Quality Balance to 10.

Step 4. Check the "Use Custom Buffer Size" box and set the Buffer Size field to 0.

Step 5. Click the "Broadcast Settings" tab and select "File Output Only." This will make sure that the recorder only records the video to your computer.

Step 6. Once your recording software is configured and running, you can start playing your game.

Step 7. When you are done recording, press the hotkey again to stop. The recording will stop, and the file will be saved on your hard drive. By default, the videos will appear in the "OBS" folder in your "Videos" folder.

How to Record Wii U Gameplay Without a Capture Card  

There is a helpful method to record the Wii U game without a capture card, but it's not convenient. Since this device doesn't offer you a built-in tool to capture the gameplay, if you want to do the recording without using a capture card, the best way is to use a camera. Of course, if you don't have a digital camera, the mobile phone lens can also do that.

record wii u with phone

How to record Wii U gameplay without capture card using your portable phone? The following steps will guide you to do that.

Step 1. Fix your phone using a piece of auxiliary equipment. For example, you can use a tripod to do that.

Step 2. Customize the settings of the camera. You may need to set the focal length, video size, and filter.

Step 3. Make sure the camera can shoot a video of gameplay in the right place. 

Step 4. Tap on the "Record" button on the phone to start recording Wii U games without a capture card.


How to record Wii U gameplay without a capture card or with a capture card? To sum up, recording the gameplay is not a difficult task. For Windows users, we recommend EaseUS RecExperts since it is full-featured and easy to use. If you want to record Wii gameplay with a capture card, download this software from the button below and get started.

FAQs About Recording Wii U Gameplay & Wii U Screen Recorder 

There are some other answers about recording Wii U gameplay and stream Wii U on your PC.

1. Is there any wonderful Wii U capture card that can help record Wii U gameplay?

Since there is no built-in screen recording tool in the Wii U device, you need to find other ways to capture Wii U gameplay. For example, you can connect your Wii U game console to the PC with an HDMI cable and capture card, and then you can use screen recording software on the computer to easily record the Wii U gameplay.

We recommend Elgato as the best capture card for Wii since it offers you enough choices. You can choose different types of Wii capture cards when you are using different devices.

2. How to stream Wii on twitch?

How to stream from Wii U? That sounds like a difficult task, but actually, you can do that with a suitable capture card. We take Elgato HD60 S as an example, this is a great Wii U capture card, and you need also prepare other things like a computer, streaming software, USB-C to USB 3.0 cable, and an HDMI cable.

You need to connect the capture card to your PC using the USB-C to USB 3.0 cable, plug one end of the HDMI cable into the Switch Dock, and plug the other end of the ca to Elgato's HDMI IN port. Connect the Wii with your computer using another HDMI cable. After that, you can download Elgato Game Capture as the streaming software. Then, you can log in to your Twitch account and stream the game you are playing.

3. How to take a screenshot on Wii U?

When you want to take a screenshot on Wii U, you can press the home menu button. There is one thing worth noting: you can't take screenshots during the online battles since you need to access the home menu. You can then navigate to an image hosting site using the Internet Browser application and upload the screenshots to this site. You can find those pictures when you revisit this site on the computer.

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author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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