If you are like me then you are hoping that you do not have to put that ugly bar anywhere near your TV. The Wii U comes with a sensor bar and connection in order to play Wii Games and add support for the Wii remotes. As to whether the sensor bar is required for the Wii U?
The good news is that the Wii U does not need to use the sensor bar at all! Thats right, you can keep that thing wrapped up as you will never need to use it to do anything unless you want to use a Wii remote. The Wii U controller works on it’s own and doesn’t need the sensor bar to function. If you just want to play Wii U games then you will be able to do so without having to connect the sensor bar.