I’m happy to say that, with my recent Xbox One purchase (a gift from my wife!), that I own all of the big 3’s 8th generation consoles, the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. I think all of the consoles offer something great and bring a lot to the table, especially the PS4 and Xbox One. They are faster than the Wii U, are more intuitive, have WAY more third party games, and both have VR in the pipeline for the future in some form or fashion. The numbers reflect my feelings on the consoles, with the Xbox One and PS4 selling over 10 million units each (20 million in the case of the PS4) while the Wii U still hasn’t quite gotten to 10 million. It was out for a year longer than those two, so obviously it’s just not as popular as the other two. But does that mean it’s a fail or not worth your time? By no means. It has at least two distinct advantages that are definitely strong, at least to me, and these keep it a worthy opponent to the other big consoles. I’ve talked about these in the past, but it bears repeating: the Wii U is worth owning or buying if you’ve not done so already. Why?
1. The Gamepad. There are a lot of differing opinions on the gamepad, with some people praising it while others slam it. It’s not exactly the most innovative controller of all time, but it’s a very solid device. I think the best part about it is that you can play virtually all of your Wii U games portably. That’s a great thing for a few reasons. But the biggest is that you don’t have to wait on the TV. Right now, as I type this sentence, my wife is playing Dishonored on the PS3, using the only TV we have. If I want to play the Xbox One I can’t, or any other console for that matter. I can use the Vita to link to the PS4, which is a great feature, but outright wise I can’t play the PS4 while the TV is in use. Plus sometimes the signal drops when doing remote play, which makes the game so unplayable that it’s not even worth the attempt. The Wii U, on the other hand? It lets me play even with the TV completely in use. I can go over right now and play Mario Kart 8, jump into Smash Bros, play Donkey Kong 64, and maybe even Mega Man X2, and still not have had to use the TV. The other major consoles don’t offer that, not unless you have another entire console, and even then sometimes the signal drops. I’ve never had the signal drop with the Wii U playing off TV. This is a major reason why the Wii U still rocks in comparison the Xbox and PlayStation. But that’s not all.
2. First party games. Unless you’re a Nintendo fanboy you’ll readily admit that their third party offerings are pathetic, truly pathetic. And even when they get the third party games to their console, they don’t play as smoothly as the Xbox/PS counterparts nor do they look as good. (Looks are important, or Pac Man would be the graphics of the day right now). But Nintendo rules the day when it comes to their first party offerings. Mario. Zelda. Pokemon. Smash Brothers. Donkey Kong. Pikmin. That’s just naming a few of them. Mario and Pokemon are the two top selling game franchises on earth, so that goes to show the strength we are talking about with Nintendo’s first party offerings. They have always done a great job at offering something fun and deep to play, and that doesn’t look to be slowing anytime soon. That’s good for anybody who’s a gaming fan! Sure, you’d have to have the other guys consoles to play all of the big third party games like Arkham Knight, but what Nintendo offers in the way of their leading games is still incredible and offers tons of choices.
So, in conclusion, yes, Nintendo still brings a lot to the table with their Wii U. It’s not a console that stands toe-to-toe with the other consoles, but that doesn’t matter when you consider these two advantages. And there are others that people may think about as well! So be sure to add your thoughts in the comments!