I want to get a gaming system for my 23 year old daughter. I would appreciate your recommendations between the different systems: Wii U deluxe, Xbox Kinect and Playstation. She is not a big gamer but would enjoy playing some simple games with friends, including her boyfriend, who I think is a bigger gamer. But I know she would like to exercise with it and also maybe sing with friends and by herself. She doe not have any other games so this would be her first system. It would also be nice if she could get movies via Netflix -- do they all do that? Would appreciate your thoughts and comparisons? which ones have a better exercise set-up? which ones have access to more fun games that a 23 year old girl would like? singing? etc etc many thanks in advance, Susan
One part of your post is easy to answer. They all stream Netflix just fine. As to exercise games, the Wii U probably has an edge in that they have the Wii Fit (and coming soon the Wii Fit U) games. All three systems have exercise games however. Likewise all three systems have singing games available. There isn't a huge difference from one system to another. Each system has fans who insist their system is the best, but all three are pretty good these days.
I think a good suggestion would be to ask the boyfriend (assuming he's reasonably long-term and not a temp) what system he has and what he'd suggest for her. He's probably played more games with her than anyone else and knows her likes and dislikes the best.
I think the Wii U might be the best bet for her, with 360 in a close second. Wii U has Netflix, Dancing/Singing games [the 360 also has these], but Wii U has better single-console multiplayer games in my opinion (eg. Nintendo Land [is packed in with the Deluxe model of the Wii U], Scribblenauts. Plus, there are some upcoming games that will be fun for everyone like Mario Kart U, SSB U, and Wii series games (Wii Sports, Party, Play, etc).
I actually have to agree it would be more entertaining for a non gamer. It's more... sociable. If that makes sense. You can constantly see what people are posting about games, or levels in game (I guess like Facebook? I dunno i don't use social media). There won't be gamers constantly being mean to you... generally. And the menu system is far simpler to navigate than a PS3 or Xbox360 IMO. Plus, it has Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus you name it, all pre-installed on the system. It does only have wireless internet though, so if she doesn't have wireless you will have to buy an adapter to make it wired compatible. The Wii U does have the best simple games from nintendo Land to Mario, to all the past Wii Games, it's the best system for casual gamers IMO.
However if your looking for an exercise game you will have to propbably buy some wii controlers because the Wii U does not come with them.
For Netflix only, I'd go with either WiiU or Ps3. Xbox360 you need to pay monthly for Xbox live including the Netflix Subscription if she plans to stream movies. As for dance/exercise I'd go with an Xbox360. Kinect is very cool since it tracks your whole body movement instead of just the controller. If her boyfriend is a gamer, he might already have an xbox360, wii, or ps3 so that can be another decision maker depending how serious they are.
The XBox kinect wins for exercise - it has the only accurate full body motion capture. So the dance games are amazing. The Wii can't tell the difference between a wrist flick and an arm swing.
The PS3 has a better video player, however, it's only really significant if she will be watching lots of downloaded videos - the PS3 supports more video formats. It is also the only one that plays Blu-rays and 3D Blu-ray movies. The Wii U doesn't even play DVDs.
For moderate to light gamers, the Wii U wins. It's more of a unique experience, and if her boyfriend is a big gamer, he probably has one or both of the other two systems, so she would be a popular kid, and you a popular mom.
definetly wii u, for singing and dancing its the best but for games in general i prefer it... also if you are bored you can check it out, there are people painting funny things and so on... really very good i like my wii u, get her the wii u it will be better believe me
I heard that about the Wii. Friends tell me it stops constantly when it doesn't capture your motion accurately. Do you know if Wii U is any better? I really just want it for exercize/dance but don't have money to waste!
Guys, stop thinking of the wii U as a Wii. It's nothing like. For casual my option would by far be xbox with kinect bundle. The only thing casual/for parties at the moment on wiiU is Nintendoland and Mario. Even non Kinect games on xbox can be better than stuff on WiiU. As an example, BOOM BOOM Rockets was the most fun I had with non gaming friends. And thats a free game, or at least cheap. At the moment wii U has nothing like that.
If you want motion on wiiU youd have to buy a wiimote + nunchunk, then you need a huge update for the Wii games to work, then old wii games dont look better on wiiU, therefore, you'd be spending a lot of money for nothing. The Wii U is only worth it for serious gaming.(for now, things will change soon) Xbox with Kinect is for casuals, and you still get serious gaming also. All for cheaper and about the same graphics also. In other words, Kinect is what the first Wii should have been and could even be called Wii 2.
Xbox has singing games also, I am not so sure about exercice, but I doubt those things work even, nothing better than a Gymn or those DVDs they sell.
Xbox or PS3. Things I learned today, the Wii U doesn't play DVD or Blu Ray, so expect to pay an extra $90 for a decent Blu Ray system. The streaming library on Netflix is limited and the game library on Wii U is very very limited and will remain limited as most 3rd party publishers don't want anything to do with Nintendo's new system because they won't make a profit making games for it because nobody except fanboys have bought one.
You're telling me you wanted to buy a *video game console* to watch DVDs? Wow. The Netflix library on Wii U is just as limited as it is on the computer, Roku, anything, therefore, not limited at all. The game library will be expanding in the coming years.
@pdxmaven don't listen to anything this guy says he's just a troll. I would definitely go for Wii U, the second-screen gaming is very unique, interesting and fun. The Wii U does more than Netflix, it also streams Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus. It also has a really good internet browser, comparable to, if not better, than Safari on iOS. I mention this because it's extremely convenient to suspend your game should you get stuck and go into the browser and look up the answer and then go back to the game as if nothing happened. Nintendo Land is definitely a good starter game and New Super Mario Bros. U is a fun game that is very challenging towards the second half of the adventure. I also heard ZombiU is pretty good too but I don't own it so I can't justify that...and there are good exercising games that were Wii games that CAN be played on Wii U (oh, yeah, Wii U is actually backwards compatible so you can play Wii games on it) and Wii Fit U is coming soon too. There's also Sing Party, Just Dance 4, the list goes on and on. Basically, what I'm saying is, go for Wii U. It's a family favorite and everyone that comes to my house and plays mine wants one after 5 to 10 minutes of playing. Your daughter will love the Wii U.
YES I bought a console that would do everything in my living room. That's what Xbox originally set out to do. Your weak argument that in the coming years Nintendo will release more games is a no brainer, but Nintendo hasn't released enough titles to justify paying $350 for their console ($440 if you add the additional cost of a Blu Ray player) not to mention it doesn't have 3rd party support, NO GTA 5, NO Elder Scrolls or Fallout, NO franchises that do extraordinarily well on Xbox and PS. Exclusive titles geared toward kids is all Nintendo has had going for it for the past couple decades so please don't try and hype a system that adults don't want to play games on.
I'm looking to buy a game console for my 8 & 11 year olds. This will be our first gaming system so we are starting from scratch. It sounds as though the Wii U might be the way to go from what I'm reading since they are casual players, not serious gamers. I have a couple of questions if anyone could answer : What is the difference with the different packages/levels of Wii U? Do I have to buy the remotes, etc? Can 3 play at once (we have 3 boys)? Is there a good selection of games available for the Wii U? Thanks so much guys!
<<< Bren says: I'm looking to buy a game console for my 8 & 11 year olds. This will be our first gaming system so we are starting from scratch. It sounds as though the Wii U might be the way to go from what I'm reading since they are casual players, not serious gamers.>>>
Bear in mind that the Wii U isn't and won't be very well supported compared to competing systems. While it was only released last year, the hardware is the equivalent of the Xbox 360 from 2005 and the Playstation 3 from 2006, NOT the Playstation 4 and Xbox One that were just released the past few weeks.
Normally I'd say a Wii U would be a TERRIBLE choice for an only system, BUT since they're young it might not be as bad a choice, as quite a lot of Nintendo's games are good for all ages. Sony has a decent amount that are all ages too. There's all ages stuff from third parties, but in the coming years they'd hit Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but not nessisarily U as last gen development winds down. It's a bit of a risky purchase I think if you're not a hardcore gamer who owns multiple systems.
<<<I have a couple of questions if anyone could answer : What is the difference with the different packages/levels of Wii U?>>>
The only differences have been how much internal storage they have, the color, and some included accesseries and games. The internal storage doesn't matter much IMO, and the newer models released this year all have the same anyway. I'd basically just say pick one with a bundled game you might care about (although beware that some of them may force you to download that game, not actually include it on disc).
<<<Do I have to buy the remotes, et? Can 3 play at once (we have 3 boys)?>>>
It includes one main controller with a screen. So far you can only use a single one of those at a time, and they're not sold seperately. Over a year ago Nintendo claimed they were looking at making two work at once, but nothing's come of that so far (and it's possible the hardware just doesn't support that very well).
Instead, multiplayer games would use that main controller, and then some combination of "Wii remote" controller, nunchucks, or Wii U Pro controllers, etc. It would just vary on a game by game basis. None of them are included.
<<<Is there a good selection of games available for the Wii U?>>>
Yes and no. It has a subset of the games released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 the past year, and a handful of third party exclusives. Mostly though it'll only be good for Nintendo's games, which can be quite good, but it'll never have the sort of support the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 have had the past 8 years, nor the support the Playstation 4/Xbox One are going to have in the coming years. Like I said, I think generally I'd only recommend it to hardcore gamers who own multiple systems, BUT the equation for kids changes a bit, as Nintendo's one of the better developers for quality all ages fair...though Sony's good too, as are third parties (while will generally hit Playstation 4/Xbox One in the coming years, with older systems an afterthought.)
In case your're interested, I just noticed this deal today. It only works if you're a Best Buy Rewards member...or My Best Buy, or whatever it's called now, but anyway it's $320 for a Wii U that comes with New Super Mario Bros. U, it's expansion pack New Super Luigi U (My understanding is it's basically harder versions of the same levels where you play as Luigi), a special edition Wii remote, and a copy of Nintendoland (which is a mini-game collection).
It's not necessarily THAT great of a deal, but it's definitely one of the better deals I've ever seen for wii u, so thought you might be interested. I think it's today only.
Bren. The Wii U is perfect for an 8 & 11 year old. It's a great gaming system with some very, very good games. The new Super Mario 3 D World is amazing! It's also a great multiplayer game. You can't go wrong with the Wii U for kids of that age. It also has child controls built in to let you control and monitor play. It's probably the best option for a kid friendly system.