10 Reasons I’d Pick the Wii U over the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Today

The (strong and getting stronger) case for Nintendo's flagship console in 2013.

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This could have been Nintendo’s year — should have been Nintendo’s year.

And in a sense, it was Nintendo’s year, though it took some doing to get here. No one was supposed to buy the company’s shiny aqua-blue or whatchamacallit-black 3DS when it arrived back in February 2011 with a clamshell thud. Handheld gaming was doomed, proclaimed analysts like smug armchair oracles. Who’d want a bulky plastic pocket-brick that played games and games alone when they could play on their slender all-in-one smartphone — a device on which games exist in a kind of superabundant app-store-verse and typically sell for a buck or less?

When 3DS sales tanked in those early months — before Nintendo wised up, dropped the price and rolled out games people wanted to play — it looked like all the prognosticating pundits might prove right.

But the 3DS in 2013 is Nintendo’s comeback story: not a Virtual Boy after all, and finally living up to its namesake (and what a namesake: the DS family’s on the verge of knocking Sony’s PlayStation 2 from its all-time bestselling perch). The reason why’s no head-scratcher: “Software drives hardware,” said Nintendo America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime in a recent Forbes interview. Obvious, but it bears repeating as early adopters pour money into shiny new platforms based on promises and hypotheticals.

By contrast, the 3DS is signed, sealed and delivered heading into the holiday, with the strongest lineup of any game device — smartphone, tablet or otherwise. That, I’d wager, is what’s behind its sales momentum — from Animal Crossing: New Leaf to Pokemon X & Y to Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — helping the 3DS close on 40 million units sold worldwide.

The Wii U doesn’t have quite as many run-out-and-buy games as we kick off its second year, but its best and brightest in 2013 make the competition’s next-gen roster look a little like the bullets Hugo Weaving fires at Keanu Reeves during the Matrix‘s denouement. That, and the system’s 2014 lineup isn’t messing around, with exclusives I wouldn’t miss for a game console 10 times as powerful. This is why, if I had to choose between the PS4, Wii U and Xbox One today, no question about it…

I’d pick the Wii U.

Because it has the games you want to play now.

There is no Super Mario 3D World on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, nor a LEGO City Undercover, nor a Zelda: Wind Waker HD, nor a Pikmin 3, nor a Wonderful 101. Not even close. Sony and Microsoft’s first-party games aren’t bad, but stuff like Ryse: Son of Rome and Killzone: Shadow Fall are more about showmanship and visual razzle-dazzle than drawing you in with superlative, memorable gameplay. That, and most of the third-party launch games are available on the older systems; the only must-buy for me — Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — is on the Wii U, too.

There’s an argument for Forza Motorsport 5, to be fair (it’s an Xbox One exclusive), but it’s a racing game, and if you don’t really, really dig sim-style racing games, it’s no reason to spend $560 on a game system, and it certainly doesn’t have the all-play appeal of a Super Mario 3D World or Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

And it’ll have the games you want to play next year.

I’m generalizing here, because maybe you’ve really, truly been on tenterhooks for years just to play inFamous: Second Son on the PS4, or to dive into yet another massively online first-person shooter like Titanfall on the Xbox One. But 2014’s shaping up to be a banner year for the Wii U: Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. U and the game I most want to play on any platform after 2012’s Xenoblade Chronicles — Monolith’s X.

That’s just the confirmed-for-2014 stuff. There’s Yarn YoshiShin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, perhaps an English port of Dragon Quest X, to say nothing of potential announcements Nintendo’s saving for next year, say new blood in the Zelda, Metroid or Super Mario Galaxy vein.

The Wii U GamePad is a portable console.

Mind you, there’s no killer second-screen app yet — not Nintendo Land, not Wii Party U — that makes the whole tablet-gaming thing feel as revolutionary as the thumbstick on the Nintendo 64 controller or the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in their day, but that’s not why you’ll appreciate Nintendo’s gamepad/tablet. This is: playing Wii U games without your TV.

The Wii U GamePad’s screen is 6.2 inches diagonal, more than an inch larger than the PS Vita’s, and when it comes to ergonomics — in particular the GamePad’s proper full-sized thumbsticks — the GamePad smokes Sony’s handheld. Yes, you have to be pretty much in the same room as the Wii U for GamePad-play to work properly, but I use the feature enough at this point (with a burgeoning family invading my game space) that not having the option to snap off and step away from the TV feels regressive and even prohibitive at this point.

It’s just $300 — $100 less than the PS4 and $200 less than the Xbox One.

“Thanks, math genius.” (You’re welcome.) But in seriousness, $100-$200 equals a bunch of games, or accessories, or annual subscription fees to services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Price differentials talk, and I suspect this one’s going to say plenty to parents looking to fill Christmas quotas. For what you’d pay just to own the barebones versions of Microsoft’s and Sony’s systems, you could have a tricked out Wii U, games and all. There’s no reason you can’t pick up a PS4 or Xbox One down the road, so why spend all your money on promises and potential that Nintendo’s already made good on?

There’s no annual subscription fee.

The total cost to own a PlayStation 4? Games and accessories aside, you’re looking at $400 for the system plus $50 a year to access essential services like online multiplayer. Microsoft’s Xbox One is pricier still: $500 for the system, plus $60 a year for the same. Nintendo charges nothing for its online ecosystem, making its total cost of ownership $300, full stop. $50-$60 doesn’t sound like much, but this stuff adds up (factor in what you’re paying for Netflix or Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime subs). Also, for $50-$60, you could buy a game that might yield 20, 30, 40 or more hours of play.

It’s high-def enough.

Wii U games generally output at 720p, or 1280-by-720 pixels. That’s the resolution a preponderance of people’s flat-screens run natively in 2013, which means having a console that can output at 1080p (1920-by-1080 pixels) for these folks is pointless. Even if you have a 1080p set, the Wii U’s games look fantastic upscaled (just like the Xbox One’s, many of which also run at 720p). Assuming you’re not a mindless, slavering graphics wonk, you’d probably agree that artful games trump visually muscular ones, bar none. Which would you rather play: a superlative new Zelda at 720p, or another military/aliens/post-apocalyptic-themed shooter in another near-future/dystopian/sci-fi setting where the story parses like the Cliffs Notes version of a Michael Bay movie at 1080p?

[Update: 720p isn’t a hard limit, and yes, I realize a handful of Wii U games output at 1080p today; I meant 720p is where you’re going to see most titles land.]

Wii U games are cheaper on balance.

Not in all instances, and you’ll still pay $60 for premium titles like Super Mario 3D World, but the Wii U has the most non-indie sub-$60 games today, from New Super Luigi U and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD to LEGO City: UndercoverNintendo Land and Wii Party U. In other words, you’ll spend less on Wii U games overall than you would buying non-indie PS4 or Xbox One titles.

Nintendo has the Virtual Console and Wii backward-compatiblity. Sony and Microsoft have nada.

The PS4 plays PS4 games and the Xbox One plays Xbox One games — that’s it at launch. The Wii U? Wii U games of course, but also the entire Wii library (over 1,000 and counting), as well as NES and Super NES classics via the Virtual Console, from Super Metroid to F-Zero and Earthbound to Super Mario Bros. 3.

Yes, Sony’s promised streaming game support in 2014 to fold in backward compatibility, but the service has some pretty serious caveats: visual artifacts and total picture degradation if your Internet connection wavers, plus you have to be online, by definition, to play.

It has a decent indie lineup, too.

If you’re an indie fan, the Wii U’s ready to dish: Cloudberry Kingdom, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Nano Assault Neo, The Cave, Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Little InfernoMutant Mudds Deluxe and TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition. And in August, Nintendo America business honcho Dan Adelman said to look for two dozen or more indie games on the system’s e-shelves before year’s end.

It’s more than just a game system.

Most consoles are nowadays, but the Wii U has a few unique tricks up its sleeve: You can use the Wii U GamePad as a TV remote or scan information about programs (or sports events, updated in real time) while they’re playing on your TV screen. You can also use the GamePad as a portable TV of sorts, watching programs on it while someone else is using the television.

That said, Nintendo still has plenty of work to do.

Like dropping the system price again.

I don’t know what Nintendo’s making or losing on each Wii U sold, and I’m guessing Reggie Fils-Aime might call me nuts (or badly confused), but $200 sounds about right to really turn the Wii U’s sales trickle into a landslide. Pull Nintendo Land out of the box if you have to, or create a $250 bundle with Super Mario 3D World as the pack-in. But $300 feels steep for a Nintendo console. I don’t want to be that annoying know-it-all price pundit (who doesn’t know anything, really, sitting outside Nintendo’s walled garden), but put it this way: We’d be having a very different conversation about the Wii today had Nintendo opted instead to roll it out at $350 back in 2006.

And it needs a killer Zelda or Metroid or new Nintendo IP we haven’t seen before, ASAP.

Remind us why you’re Nintendo, Nintendo. Work your magic. Show us what your next Zelda or Metroid looks like because those are beloved evergreen franchises, then show us what next-gen gaming’s really about (which is to say so much more than this facile obsession with graphics and horsepower).

And it needs more third-party games.

Can Nintendo subsist on Nintendo first-party games alone? Sure…you know, if Nintendo clones its top developers times a thousand and somehow churns out top-tier games every 12 months. Barring this, Nintendo needs more third-party standouts. I don’t mean third-party ports of Xbox One or PS4 games, because those systems are too different, architecturally, and Nintendo doesn’t need any “bottom-end version” stigma. I’m talking great third-party exclusives, like LEGO City Undercover or The Wonderful 101. Stuff no one else has. More of that, please.

(MORE: Watch here to see all the games currently available on the Wii U)

MORE: The History of Video Game Consoles – Full

421 comments
DougKramer
DougKramer

Thanks for the article Matt. Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Nintendo Wii is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Nintendo Wii you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

MetroAndroid
MetroAndroid

Well my Vita's library has hundreds of PS1 / PSP games :) It's the only current-gen system (though it is a handheld) I plan on owning for the foreseeable future. Nintendo first-party games haven't been doing it for me as much as they used to. Of all the indie games you listed, I already own the ones I want to own on different platforms (Vita, PC)

badassgeneral
badassgeneral

You got one critical fact wrong. The wii u is the only console to date that has both 1080p and 60fps. They also have the most 1080p titles.

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

I prefer the WiiU cause it allows me to stream media from my pc where the ps4 dosent even have a youtube app and its not even mp3 conpatible it wont read video or audio from a usb drive plus the web browser is superior to that of the ps4 or xbox ones it doesn't lag at all its just like browsing the web on my pc that is awsome the games library is really small compared to the WiiUs which has backwards compatible and a virtual console which allows you to play nintendo, super nitendo, N64 games, Wii Games it gives you way more games than the ps4 ever will third party is not so good but its good enough I mean every popular game is out for the WiiU call of duty, assasins creed, you name it and this years line up of games it great byonetta 2 is coming, X, Watch dogs, not to mention you can play Zelda, metroid, Dk and the whole amazing first party line up that Nintendo has.

NickVanderKooi
NickVanderKooi

I have a PS4. But I love Nintendo too. Remember, Wii U will not have next-gen graphics and honestly, the PS4 graphics look breathtaking than most Wii-U titles. Nintendo consoles are not "graphic-demanding" honestly but that is ok with me. Its generally gameplay and fun I'm seeking. Though the Wii U was pretty slow and disappointing during Launch Day but I think that is because not a lot of great #1 titles were out yet. This whole article is outdated and not fair. PS4 hasn't launch a lot of big big titles yet. Exclusive PS4 titles as of yet. The great stuff doesn't happen till next month. So before comparing, let March hit, and THEN make your comparisons. 

DarkDoctor
DarkDoctor

Well, I agree. The part at the end about third party support is dead on. I wish companies would stop screwing Nintendo over. UbiSoft is a good partner that makes great games, but the Rayman Legends thing was a waste. It sucks on the other consoles. The Wii U version is far superior and even looks better.  Activision and Treyarch are also dropping the ball. I LOVE cod BO2 on my Wii U. It looks best there and it plays nicely. The problem is, there is NO DLC stages at all. the game's online became stale very fast because people found all the exploits on the available maps and it's  not as fun now that you can easily sneak behind people because the map is 100% memorized. More 3rd party support would be nice, but Nintendo's flagship IPs are the best in the business. The Wii U IS the best system available, but sadly, due to poor advertising and marketing and #rd party screwjobs, it doesn't LOOK like it. I've played all the rest of the new systems and I am thus far unimpressed.

thejeffwei
thejeffwei

ridiculously biased fanboy article, but the point at which i had to stop and laugh was this: "mindless, slavering graphics wonk" REALLY

nothingistrue55
nothingistrue55

All your reasons for buying a Wii U over the other consoles involve compromising. So....your points are moot. :/

aggromike99
aggromike99

Oh trust me, there's a huge difference between 720p and 1080p, even at casual playing distances. Go on a PS4, to a native 1080p game (COD Ghosts, for example), and play it at 1080p. Then change the settings to 720p. There is a HUGE difference (I did this myself and I can safely say that there is a big difference.) 

GiovanniPicchiotti
GiovanniPicchiotti

Man, this article was kinda biased, anyway, it has some truth in it.


First, let's talk about the specs: Yes, Wii U is inferior to PS4 and XBOX One, but all the rumors about it being "weaker than PS3" are fake, since it's far stronger than it, having, for an example, 4 times PS3's RAM. So, it's not the strongest in this generation, but he is not a "past generation" console, by any means.


Other thing that is interesting to add, is a question: If I show you a TV playing a movie at 4K, and a TV playing the same movie at 1080p, would you be able to differ the two? Probably not. I know that both XBOX One and PS4 don't even play games at 4K, they play it at 1080p, as well as the Wii U. But I'm trying to say that we got to a point that going up with the specs don't really make such a big difference on your experience.


The most noteworthy difference that graffics make on the experience is consequence of the FPS number. But both of the consoles play it as 60 FPS and drop the frame sometimes. The Wii U do it with more frequency in third party titles, however, we can't tell if it's fault of the underpowered hardware, or of the producers, since I never heard no one complaining about that problem on a first party Nintendo game.


Proof of what I'm saying, is that the major differences between PS3's and PS4's games are on the lighting and a little on the shading, being the most part impossible to see on naked eye. So, if Wii U is substantially more powerful than the PS3, it could play games like Bioshock Infinite without many problems.


And one more thing: If you're going for graphics, so then buy a high-end PC, they are decades in front of "next-gen" consoles.


Second, one of the major critics on Nintendo is that it doesn't "evolve" its IPs. What's senseless, since if you look at series like GTA, you'll see that, since the transition to 3D on GTA III, the games didn't change too much outside of the graphics and deeper story. And to tell the truth, since GTA I, the gameplay was about the same, steel cars, kill people and do missions in some "criminal environment", the major difference is that it was in 2D, and that deep plots were impossible to be handed by the consoles on that time.


Now look at Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: There are open world games, closed world games; continuous overworld games, fragmented overworld games (the Great Sea on Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, the stations on Spirit Tracks, and the Sky on Skyward Sword); realistic games, cell-shaded games, impressionist games, linear games, non linear games, horse travel, train travel, ship travel, bird travel, etc. It's much more variety than the "acclaimed" GTA series had.


Obviously, the essence of the franchise still the same... As welll as the Halo's essence, the God of War's essence and the COD/ Battlefield essence. And, just to add here, COD don't only maintain the same essence, it maintains near everything that the anterior game had. All games since Modern Warfare 2 look more like updates than "new games".

Third, yes, there is a lack of third support to the Wii U, specially for it having a far different architeture than PS4 and XBOX One, but it's not that "huge" problem, since many of the major succesfull titles like Assassins Creed are coming to it, and that, with the launching of more AAA first party titles, and the consequent raising of Wii U sales, the support will get stronger.


And one more thing, Wii U sold more than PS3 on its first 54 weeks, and he just came to some BIG markets (like Brazil) on november of THIS year, so it have everything to grow, probably not as much as the Wii did, selling more than 100 million units, but at least to pass the 50 million mark.


Four and last but not least, the major problem is the prejudice the "pseudo-gamers" have against Nintendo. I see many people saying that Nintendo games are made for children, what is stupid. What would be an "adult" game to you? A game full of blood, drug using and sex? C'mon guys... Most people which play this "adult games" are 15 year old virgins who need to proof how adult they are, and since their moms don't let them drink or party, they try to proof it on the games their play.


Majora's Mask, a Nintendo Classic, and Twilight Princess, for an example, have a much more mature plot than Grand Theft Auto does. I'm not saying GTA's plot is bad, because it isn't, it's really funny. But it is not as mature as what many people call a "child" game.


Furthermore, many recent games look more like "interactive movies" than games. Story is important, but first cames gameplay, since a book or a movie is more appropriate for story telling. Many Nintendo games have beautiful stories and plots, but they don't fail as games as some third parties do, since the gameplay comes first on the development, and that's why I love Nintendo franchises.

Monochrome_Night
Monochrome_Night

So, now they let fanboys pass off advertisements as articles? This is an incredibly biased piece, and the worse part is that it's not even subtle. 


"Which would you rather play: a superlative new Zelda at 720p, or another military/aliens/post-apocalyptic-themed shooter in another near-future/dystopian/sci-fi setting where the story parses like the Cliffs Notes version of a Michael Bay movie at 1080p?" 


Implying that COD and Battlefield are the only games on the other consoles? They shouldn't allow fanboys to write in general tech websites.

noctowlcity
noctowlcity

I'm totally getting this system. I wasn't sure, but after seeing the nintendo polish on HD games like Mario and Wind Waker (not to mention Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart 8 for future ref) plus the markdown of one hundred dollars, plus the bundles. Great deal. The Wii U has had the slowest start but if they pace the big games better, the Wii U could be the breadwinner they want it to be.



Ultra
Ultra

Lmao at this comment section 

Xsjadoful
Xsjadoful

The console has been out for over a year now, and here is the list of games i would consider playing:

Pikmin

Zelda WW HD

Mario 3D world.


3 games. In a year. This pretty much sums up the Wii U. Fantastic potential, not being used at all.


I bought the console on release with zombiu, and after 3 months of no new games i had to sell the netflix box gathering dust that it had become (not just interesting games, i mean i didn't see a single new game in those 3 months, even crappy 3rd party nonsense)


Everyone keeps arguing about great games for the system, and then naming the 3 games i named earlier.


There is no support for this console, from either 3rd parties or nintendo themselves. It's as if someone forgot to let the game devs know the console had released.


I've been a nintendo fan for years, and the potential for this console is incredible, but it's so difficult to justify purchasing a console that releases so few games over an entire 12 month period, of which one of the biggest releases is a HD remake of an old game people have likely played already (not that i doubt WW HD is great, but lets be honest it is just a remake)


Not to mention the completely wasted potential of the virtual console store to date.


I want this console to take off and thrive, because it feels solidly made, but talk about a slow starter......

GWyatt
GWyatt

This guy is incredibly bias. All nintendo games are just the same recycled games they've always had with a few minor changes to make it feel new. The wii u doesnt even compare to the ps4 or xbox one on any level other than price and Im not paying $300 for a high-tech accessory for the wii. Its not even a contest.

diggie321
diggie321

Unfortunately, I sold my Wii U early when I got it at the time there were no games. Now that it is starting to get some gems (in the form of Nintendos usual 'magic'), like Super Mario 3d World, I need to pick up another one. 


Even though I sold my first one, I can tell you it is a STELLAR piece of hardware. Nintendo's hardware lasts long enough to pass down to great grandchildren. Rock solid. Unlike other's RROD or YLOD. It also felt great to know that Nintendo didn't try to shake more money out of my pants by a subscription service to play online or use online services. Heck, even handling the Wii U game discs were pleasant, because even the edges of the disc are smoothed round. I didn't expect that, and reinforces the feeling of quality, rather than feeling like a game stamped from a press. 


Nintendo is, and always will be the best console and game manufacturer. While other's try to throw glitter in consumer's eye with uber realistic dark environments, Nintendo is focused on one thing -- fun. 

scuzle
scuzle

@mattpeckham - - I have no basis upon which to challenge your arguments here.  However, I can say that this piece is both pompous in tone and condescending to those who prefer graphic driven games with tangible plots and solid gameplay.  First and foremost, consoles are ENTERTAINMENT devices.  If people derive that enjoyment through multiplayer shooters, or games with great graphics, whats the difference.  There is no need to talk down to them.  Additionally, one glaring hole in your argument is the wealth of gamers who play video game solely for sports titles.  Given the greater graphic engines and time-tested gameplay, XBOX and Playstation are far superior to the Wii U.  There is no need to, ironically, talk down to "slavering graphics wonk[s]" who differ from those gameplay gurus who may play Wii.  


Like I said before, I don't doubt that Wii will sell better, but be more fair and poised when talking to a broad audience.  Additionally, you fail to give weight to the possibility that individuals will SOLELY buy Wii for their kids because its cheaper, not because of gameplay; given the financial troubles in the United States, this is not out of the question.


PS:  Watch your coarse, awkward attempts at humor that are too long, they are grammatically wanting.  It's a smart piece that does not need that sort of forced humor.  But, all in all, its a nice piece.     

diggie321
diggie321

I got tired of playing hand-holding kiddie games like Gears of War, COD, Battlefield, Arkham, Assassins Creed. Never got enjoyment or challenge from their stale grinding gameplay. I started playing Nintendo games again and there's no handholding or second chances there. You only progress if you get better, not just smash buttons like most of todays games that are like interactive movies. 


Nintendo games are for the hardcore. The rest are for kids to make them feel mature cause the box has an "M" rating, yet makes it easy for them. It's like when a kid watches porn and thinks he's now an adult, lol. Only a yuppie thinks that a game needs blood or violence to be 'mature'. "Uh uh! I don't wanna pway dat cuz I'm a gwown up adult!" Lol, tools.

cmdrdredd
cmdrdredd

@DarkDoctor Nintendo screwed themselves long ago. They continue to screw themselves with 3rd party support because they refuse to let people take charge and you have to go up the chain of command to get an answer for everything and half the people don't speak english well. By the time a 3rd party dev gets an answer about how they can do something they give up and say it isn't worth it. Or they ask about how to do something online and are told they can't...then they roll their eyes and give up.

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@thejeffwei  what good are good graphics if you dont have good games to play them on??? the ps4 and xbox one dont have many good games only like 2 or three on each console???

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@nothingistrue55  there is no compromising I tell you what is compromising buying a "next gen console" that dosent stream media and wont play video or mp3 from a usb jumpdrive?? which is the case with the ps4 and the xbox and that dosent have that many good games thats compromising

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@Monochrome_Night  I prefer the WiiU cause it allows me to stream media from my pc where the ps4 dosent even have a youtube app and its not even mp3 conpatible it wont read video or audio from a usb drive plus the web browser is superior to that of the ps4 or xbox ones it doesn't lag at all its just like browsing the web on my pc that is awsome the games library is really small compared to the WiiUs which has backwards compatible and a virtual console which allows you to play nintendo, super nitendo, N64 games, Wii Games it gives you way more games than the ps4 ever will third party is not so good but its good enough I mean every popular game is out for the WiiU call of duty, assasins creed, you name it and this years line up of games it great byonetta 2 is coming, X, Watch dogs, not to mention you can play Zelda, metroid, Dk and the whole amazing first party line up that Nintendo has.

SeleneKyle
SeleneKyle

@Monochrome_Night  I agree which is why I get frustrated with so many articles and fanboys that say Ohhh just another Mario Game, Because you know apparently Nintendo only does Mario. I actually kind of liked this that something like that finally got fired back, but at the end yes fanboys should not do articles. (Though he is sort of right the Wii U is a really good system to own right now) 

happyhauntmike
happyhauntmike

@Xsjadoful The Wii U is essentially repeating exactly the same situation that Nintendo has suffered in every system outside of handhelds and the Wii original. This isn't a new scenario as the Wii Original was the only truly profitable home console Nintendo had developed while falling short almost every other system either in the beginning or by the end resulting in minimal profit. Potential is something is lacks for the most part, the Wii U controller is interesting sure, and it adds off screen game play but Sony had already done this with the Ps3/PSP and continuing the fashion with the Vita/Ps4. But remember, spec wise while the Wii U has a better graphics card it falls short on CPU which is actually weaker then the Xbox 360(Wii U runs a tri-core at 1.24ghz, the 360 runs a Tri-core at 3.2ghz) which means that even with a stronger graphic card the CPU will bottle neck it in the long run as well as only 2GB of ram which isn't enough for Developers to desire playing with.


Nintendo is doing what Sega did though, release a console mid way through the generation cycles and hope it survives.  Sega's Dream cast had a lot of potential due to it being the first console with true online support(N64 had some but minimal support) but fell short due to the lack of support needed by both first and third party as well as the upcoming new generation of systems.  The Wii U is as it stands the dreamcast 2.0, Nintendo will not flop out of the game altogether if they drop support now and release an new console to compete against the 8th generation's final line up due to the success of the 3DS. 


While, it would be nice to see Nintendo at least follow the gamecube route and make the system survive the generation even with terrible sales and low support. I don't see this happening with the Wii U, I see it dropping out of the race within the next 2 years. Nonetheless I don't feel Nintendo is just going to hand their IPs to the rivals like Sega did either.

diggie321
diggie321

@Xsjadoful I wonder why people put so much effort into complaining about something?

Xsjadoful
Xsjadoful

To put this in perspective, 2 of the best games on the console are different assasin's creed games. Almost half of their 'must play' library in that sense consists of a single IP. 


BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@GWyatt so you would pay $700 for ONLY BETTER GRAPHICS AND service subscription that you dont need but without them you cant play??? what!!! lol nintendo at least at $300 thows in a extra screen and HD graphics which is more than enough for gaming??? HERES IS NONY AND MS's strategy lets sell them a piece of junk and advertise it lets make it look sooo good and inflate the price as much as we can so we can milk all this retards for all their money hense @GWyatt jajajajaja

docleo2001
docleo2001

@GWyatt How is that any different from the other game systems?  

SeleneKyle
SeleneKyle

@GWyatt First off it's a totally new system that makes the Wii look like well like a PS2. Secondly most of the games for the most part look just as good on the Wii U as the XBOX One or PS4. Sure there are differences. (Higher res on the other systems and slightly better shadow and water effects on Assassins Creed 4 for instance) But the enviroments, character models etc. compare strongly with the PS4 and One. As a matter of fact it's almost like comparing the PS2 to the Gamecube and then the XBOX. Unless if your not a true gamer and just a simple graphics horror you would be fine with the U. 

Beat
Beat

@GWyatt The Wii U is a separate console. It is not an accessory for the wii.

leoz
leoz

@GWyattRecycled games... just like GTA, Killzone, God of War / Ryse, Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, Forza and Gran Turismo, FIFA, Assassin's Creed, LEGO anything... It's always the same game. At least Nintendo tries to innovate with the gamepad, just like it did with the wiimote that Sony and M$ tried to copy with Move, Kinect and SmartGlass.

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@diggie321 sorry but I think I boaght yours :-( I got me a second one this hollydays but it was super cheap I got it at gamestop preowned :-D

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@scuzle jajajaja jajajajaj you are funny man I could not stop laughing critizice the Wii U and for you is like hoo ok its great but criticise sony and or microsoft and its like no you need to be careful with the words you use lol you are so funny

rundmcarlson
rundmcarlson

@diggie321 The Mature rating is designed to keep kids from playing things that are too violent or sexual for their age, not to make people feel mature. You are thinking of the word in the wrong sense. It wouldn't make any sense to rate games as mature to show they are for fully developed, logically thinking adults. If you looked at any of the titles with an M rating it would be clear to you that its not the case. None of the GTA series is for mature adults, (any mature person would not get a kick out of killing people and beating up prostitutes) its just rated M so kids don't play it and get exposed to anything they shouldn't be.


Also, games like arkham and assassins are about telling a story, not about being challenging. I don't know where you are coming from with nintendo games being challenging either. I haven't been challenged by a nintento title since I was 11 years old. None of them involve any real strategy and skill is only measured by how fast your reflexes are. Games like splinter cell have tons of strategic aspects and can be played in a variety of gaming styles. Maybe you are just too stupid to think for yourself while gaming and take the hand holding course. Almost every major title can be played stealthily by not following the hand holding path. Its a more challenging way to play and often proves to have less resistance and major gunfights.


None of the games are worth having to play everything on the crappy wii controllers. PS and xbox have such better controllers, that nintendo should be embarrassed. 

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@GiovanniPicchiotti @aggromike99  yes it does you can play the same game on a WiiU and play it on the PS4 or Xbox and with the gamepad added features you enjoy the game even more the experience is deffinetly better

cmdrdredd
cmdrdredd

@BernadetGnuyen @Monochrome_Night I like the PS4 because it teaches me how to type without run-on sentences.

andrecitropayao
andrecitropayao

@happyhauntmike @Xsjadoful"CPU which is actually weaker then the Xbox 360(Wii U runs a tri-core at 1.24ghz, the 360 runs a Tri-core at 3.2ghz)" So, in your opinion a 3.2 ghz Pentium 4 is better than an 2.2 ghz I5, please, learn something about computer before talk about processors.....


Also ....do you ever read about SNES and NES......they kicked ass and had a lot of 3rd party support, so dont say only the original wii and handhelds made success at Nintendo hands.


I have a Wii U, a PS4, a PS Vita, a X-Box -360 and a high end computer, right now Wii U games looks more challenge and fun.



Jendalyn
Jendalyn

@BernadetGnuyen@scuzle

What is this "jajajaj' crap?  Is that suppose to be a laugh?  I take it you are from brazil. lolol 

The Wii U is great, if you are 15 and are dazzled by nothing but pretty colors and rehashed flagship titles.  I couldn't even finish the last two zeldas or the last mario galaxy.  There is only so much of the same cartoony 3D renders a person can take. I might as well take up watching anime.

BernadetGnuyen
BernadetGnuyen

@rundmcarlson @diggie321 jajajajaja yet again you fail the controllers that Sony and MS use were invented by nintendo jajaja they iven copied the joystick lol they added it after nintendo added a joystick on the N64 controller lol sony and MS dont specialise in gaming ninteno does all they are doing is copying Nintendos Ideas they are not campable of coming up with new ones hence their advertising is sooo strong they have to make theyre consoles look like they are good ...but they are not sony and MS are selling junk to fools that believe their lies sorry to burst your bubble.

diggie321
diggie321

You say "strategic aspects" and I hear "slow, dull, boring". You say "telling a story" and I hear "interactive movie". I play games for gameplay. I play games that are fun. Nothing wrong with some story in games, but not when it's used as a cover up to lame gameplay, like 90% of "AAA" titles.

 "Maybe you are just too stupid to think for yourself while gaming and take the hand holding course."

Uh oh. Throwing insults. Apparently someone got some posterior pain when they got a sense of truth in my comment :) It's okay, nothing a little baby powder won't fix.

asulaeagleblue
asulaeagleblue

@rundmcarlson @diggie321


I don't know I kinda like the Wii U pro controller.... It's a traditional controller that's wireless and lasts up to 80 hours on a single charge... I've only charged it once since I bought it back in October... kinda nice.

Jendalyn
Jendalyn

@BernadetGnuyen@rundmcarlson@diggie321 

You sound like you are no more than 15 years old.  The joystick has been around since before nintendo was even into video games.  Best feeling control, IMO, is the new duel shock on the PS4.  It's solid and feels great in the hand.  Unlike my massive, tablet like Wii U screen controller, or outdated, extremely square, wii controller.  Face it, the whole thing feels like a toy compared to the XBoxO or PS4.  The price really shows.  That's why sales are less than a third of what nintendo expected this time next year.  2 million sold by march?  Nintendo will be out of business in no time. This is what happens when you bring out a new system and the only real update is a higher resolution and a new controller.  My computer from 2004 was more powerful than the Wii, pathetic.


Oh, and why do you use spanish pronunciation for your 'laugh', and english for everything else?  It looks really weird.

Jendalyn
Jendalyn

@diggie321

If you really believe strategy = boring, I suggest trying to play one of these FPS online against other people in xbox live.  See then how much strategy it takes to get your head blown off every three seconds after respawn.