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This review is from: Nintendo Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - White (Video Game)My expectations for the Wii U were very high out of the gate, especially when I first saw a presentation for Nintendo TVii, which made the Wii U look like the ultimate way to integrate all of my entertainment media.
Unfortunately, Nintendo delayed it's TVii features until sometime in December, so all I can see of this lofty vision is a crippled TV remote slapped on the Wii U tablet. The remote works OK for changing channels and volume, and on some TVs is able to switch the TV input between devices. That might be all some people want, and setup for this feature is surprisingly easy. But those familiar with Nintendo TVii will know this is far, far from the promised land.
Perhaps we will get there eventually, but I feel growing pessimism. The first warning sign for me is that the Wii U cannot even play Blue Rays, DVDs, CDs, AVIs or MP3s. This should have been a no-brainer for a product that promises to simplify our entertainment experiences. Perhaps some of these issues will be resolved with system updates and apps, but since nothing of the sort is promised, I see no reason to hope for these. I worry that Nintendo came up with the idea of media integration too late to design the hardware and support system to realize this dream. But Nintendo can still get halfway there with Nintendo TVii, whenever that arrives.
So the Wii U gets a failing grade out of the gate for the expected media integration, delivering only a simple TV remote control and a few online services, though this might change rapidly with updates during the next few months.
Wii U gets much higher grades as a video game console. The new controller is beautiful and functional. The machines computing power is impressive if not groundbreaking. The games I have played are a blast. Other reviewers describe this experience well, so I won't repeat the same accolades here.
But I will make a few suggestions for those ready to buy:
Consider getting a LAN adapter, if you have had any issues setting up other wireless machines. There is nothing wrong with the Wii U wireless capabilities, but I know some people always have issues with wireless, no matter what they are trying to connect. The LAN adapters designed for the Wii work fine with the Wii U.
Also, if you get a white Wii, I'd suggest getting the game stand/cradle set. You will probably want to charge the Wii U tablet whenever you put it down, and the cradle sure makes this easier to do than plugging it constantly.
Learn how to change the brightness level of the tablet. This is accomplished by pressing the "Home" button, and playing around with the tablet settings. At night, I put the brightness all the way down, and during the day all the way up.
And NEVER shut down the Wii U while it is performing it's initial system update, or you might kill the machine. Depending on connection speed and server load, the update can take hours to complete. Keep the tablet charging while you perform the update, and call Nintendo before unplugging, if you really believe it is locked up.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 1:05:55 PM PST
J. Parmelee says:
I haven't even played the system yet but I feel I have to defend Nintendo for the fact that they system won't play blu ray dvds,regular dvds or cds. This is a GAMING CONSOLE, Nintendo has pretty much always been more about games than things that don't have much to do with video games. The original Wii at least gave us internet access and a web browser as well as the virtual channel. I wouldn't criticize a gaming company for not being an all in one system maker because most people already have dvd players and cd players.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:32:50 AM PST
Ernest Gundel says:
From a gaming perspective, the console is great. The OS could be a bit more efficient speed-wise, but I'm sure that will be improved with the next update.
But since both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are fully capable of playing media on disk or over a network (and MS and Sony's next consoles will surely expand on that), then Nintendo cannot completely ignore that "entertainment system" means more than simply games. Also, Nintendo has been promoting the overall entertainment possibilities of the Wii U with it's ambitious Nintendo TVii app, so it is discouraging so far that they have not even taken the simple steps that both MS and Sony have already done years ago.
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