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Wii U is the next great gaming console from Nintendo and it redefines how you will play next. With its innovative Wii U GamePad controller, it will not only introduce entirely new ways to play games, it will also transform how you connect with friends and enjoy entertainment. Wii U GamePad Controller: The Wii U console controller, the Wii U GamePad, will connect wirelessly and seamlessly with both the console and the television. With a built-in touch screen, motion controls, and a full complement of buttons and control sticks built right in, the Wii U Game Pad transforms gaming, introducing new and better ways to play. With the Wii U GamePad the action can flow seamlessly between the GamePad and the television, and it will open a window into gaming worlds that can extend beyond the TV and completely surround you. Its intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces mean Wii U can be home to games for everyone in the family, from the latest games for the most avid gamer to fun and innovative games for those looking for more casual pick-up and play experiences. Wii U extends beyond games with built-in wireless connectivity to get you online quickly and easily. Players with broadband Internet access will find ways to connect with other players over the Internet in Miiverse, communicate in real time via the video chat feature with other friends and families, and access downloadable games and additional game content from the Nintendo eShop. And the Wii U GamePad controller puts it all right at your fingertips. Wii U also offers Nintendo TVii to make TV more simple and fun. Nintendo TVii is an integrated service that combines what you watch and how you watch into one seamless, second-screen experience on the Wii U GamePad. Users can search for programs across their current cable, satellite and video-on-demand services-such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription all from one place.
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The wii u piqued my interest for many reasons but mostly the price seemed right. The deluxe bundle with two games (mario and luigi) was $299. I also picked up nintendo land at gamestop for $13.50 and two wii motion plus add-ons for like $15 each.
This has been the best gaming decision I could have possibly made!!!
Reason #1: backwards compatible
I can play all my old wii games that I know and love!!! And I don't have to invest in all new controllers and stuff. ALSO, I just found out that a recent update now allows you to do a one time transfer from your wii!!! That means I don't have to re-purchase super mario 3, super mario world, street fighter, or the other games I had bought. No one seems to know about this (even thr nintendo reps I had asked!) But for previous wii owners this is a huge plus!!!
Reason #2: the second screen is a God send to every married man or person in similar situation
I'm with friends and they want to watch football, I wanted to mess around with the wii. No problem!!! my wife has certain shows that I like to avoid (ie real housewives).. this offers a perfect way to do it. You can even use the wii remotes with the screen to make it like a miniature tv.
Reason #3: the FUN FACTOR
Remember the first time you played wii and it was cool because anyone could just pick it up and play. All of a sudden everyone wanted to try bowling. my mom, sisters.. people who previously hated how video games stole the tv. I never thought that would be replicated on the wii u. To be fair, I had doubts because the interface is less intuitive (although sometimes more intuitive with the ease of touching the gamepad).. there also have been a lot of updates which take time and could make the most casual gamers lose interest.
But don't let that dissuade you! Nintendo land is literally the most fun I've had on a game system with family since those first days of owning a wii. My wife, who's never been into games (even the wii) has been asking to play nintendo land! The games are simple but just SO MUCH FUN!!! The smiles on her face and our laughs as we play these games more than cover the cost of the system. The asymetric gaming is something revolutionary. It allows people to have different roles in the same game. The uses for the second screen seem to be endless.
The other fun part is creating your mii. They actually resemble you. And when you see yourself in the game it just adds something to the experience.
Reason#5 - the future
I don't know what will happen with wii u. It may be too late to be successful. But I do know there are new games on the horizon that make it even more worth having (mario kart!!!). And best of all the games look GREAT! They are in true 1080 hd. There comes a point where better graphics only add so much. If you want that I've heard people say a gaming pc is better than xbox or PlayStation. but if you want fun invest in the wii u. Your kids will not be disappointed, and neither will you.
Ps.. one additional hypothetical app that would make this system even cooler is Skype. If wii u was able to get this app (it already has netflix, amazon video, and hulu plus.. which work GREAT btw it even shows extra imdb content on the gamepad as you watch!!!). You could leave your wii u on and the second screen could recieve skype calls while you watch tv. How cool would that be!!! Xbox one has gotten a lot of attention for being a total entertainment system but wii u could be comparable. So what if you can control channels with xbox? You can do that with the nintendo gamepad. You can't control dvr or ondemand content so I think xbox is going to be less seamless than people think.
Bottom line: LONG LIVE NINTENDO!!!
It's hard to go back to 720p graphics running at 20 frames per second (Breath of the Wild) after playing my PS4 Pro at 4K and 30+ frames per second, but the games are so much fun to play, you put up with the single drawback of the system.
Overall, I highly recommend the Wii U to anyone who missed the games, especially if you want to play the old virtual console games. Save states functionality is included, so it's the best way to play these classics!
The Wii U is Nintendo's first HD console, so if you're the kind who needs that HD, you finally got it here; (though graphical quality in games never bothered me much). The Wii U also supports traditional composite output, so whether you have an HD tv, or an older one, this console will work on it. It can even work on a dvd player with comppsite plugs or on a laptop or pc through a capture card.
The system is home to a gaint hoat of games. While I'd argue Nintendo is still more on the expensive side compared to other consoles (say, the ps3) when it comes to ir's games, there's good reason for it. Most of their games are top notch. On top of the quality of the games, you have a vast host of them to play, as not only do you have Wii U games you can play, you also have the E Shop, which is host to many Virtual Console titles of the N64, NES, SNES, GBA, DS, and a few selects from the Wii (which can be cheaper then buying the original Wii disks). There's also indie games if that's your thing.
On top of all of that, it has the Wii built into it, so you can play all of your Wii games on it from the disk through the Wii Menu. Which of course opens even more options. The best part involving this, is you can display all Wii games on the gamepad and tv, allowing you to play on just the gamepad with your tv off on ANY Wii title if you so choose, even splitscreen, and with the gamepad sporting it's own sensor bar (essentially making it a psuedo Switch).
Though I can hear many of you now: this is all well and good but we already kbow this stuff and why buy this when we can get Switch? Well, while admittedly many games from Wii U have been ported to the Switch, and while it's POSSIBLE that the FREE online multiplayer capabilities of the Wii U COULD get shut down, there aren't too many online Wii U titles that support online as it is, and the console is still a good buy in it's own right depending on what you're looking for.
Even if free online mulriplayer and even if (as unlikely as it is) the E Shop on Wii U both cease and absolutely all support for this console dies out, I'd still say it's worth purchasing.
Not only can you (currently) get most of the Switch's games on Wii U (cuz they're Wii U ports), there are some experiences you can only experience on the Wii U you won't get on Switch. On top of that, off-TV play is supported in a lot of games allowing you to play on the gamepad itself, games that support 2 player without the need to split the screen, Mario Maker and Splatoon can still be enjoyed even IF Nintendo shuts all support down; (albeit Splatoon will be limitedto Sinfle Player Campaign, Amiibo challenges, and Battle Dojo, and Mario Mario would be limited to creating levels yourself or playing the built in levels, bith would still be enjoyable), as every other Wii game would, you can watch youtube, crunchyroll, and browse the internet; all in all, the system isn't nearly as bad as everyone claims it is, and is cheaper then Switch with even more retro experiences then Switch has so far.
In regards to people who say to get a Switch rather then a Wii U, for the price of the Switch ($300), I got this Wii U console from Amazon Warehouse, an ethernet adaptor for it, and many games, whereas if i were to have instead gotten Switch, I'd have only had 1 game, and that's assuming I had an extra $60 on top of the original $300.
While this console may be 'dead', as many say, so too are the Playstation 2, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64, yet you don't see people bashing those as they do the Wii U, do you? The Wii U is a fantastic console, in spite of it's failure from a marketing standpoint, and I'd recommended it to anyone looking for a versitile local multiplayer console with a large game library.