Although all Wiis function normally when they are placed horizontally, the six-year-old console was, for the most part, marketed with a vertical design. In order to distinguish between Wii and Wii U, Nintendo’s upcoming console features a principally horizontal design. Nevertheless, the Wii U can stand vertically with the support of a Wii U Console Stand, which is included in the Wii U Deluxe Set and can be purchased separately.
“The Wii went out into the world with a mainly vertical design, so in order to create a distinction, we went with a mainly horizontal design for the Wii U. But we have prepared a stand so that it can also stand upright.”