Is the Wii U Right for U?

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November 26, 2012 by solomonlutze

Any dust kicked up by the Wii U’s launch has had a chance to settle. If you’re not a rabid Nintendo fan like me, who absolutely had to have it on day one, you might be asking yourself if it’s worth it.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t an absolute yes, which is a shame. Here’s a rundown of some things you should consider before picking one up:

Does the hardware concept appeal to U? 

The GamePad isn’t something everyone is immediately drawn to. It’s a different way of playing games, and it doesn’t resemble more traditional controllers. Hardcore gamers, burned by the Wii’s sub-optimal handling on AAA titles, might appreciate the change in pace. However, fans of other platforms will criticize the GamePad for being too different while mocking the Wii U Pro Controller for looking too much like an XBox 360’s. If you find yourself unsure about the GamePad, then go to a game store and test it out. It’s lightweight, has quality and responsiveness of the screen, and has well-designed games for integration into the Pad and TV. Touchpads are nowadays commonplace and familiar, and Nintendo has found a good way to implement that technology into the Wii U.

Does it fit the experience U expect? 

The Wii U can stream Netflix and Hulu Plus to your TV in HD. It lets you browse the internet from your GamePad with the TV on or off. It lets you use the GamePad as a TV remote: a small, convenient change. Even though you may own a tablet, an Apple TV, and a television remote, having a single device that runs the gamut is a significant perk for some.

Do U love Nintendo? 

As a Nintendo fan, I wasn’t floored by the launch titles.

New Super Mario Bros. U is the biggest Nintendo star power at the moment

The idea of buying a Wii U was inevitable because the odds of a new Metroid, Zelda, or Super Smash Bros. coming out for the system made it irresistible for a franchise fan. That may not be a compelling reason to buy the system right now, but it certainly added to my decision. Feeding fans Nintendo gold has always played into the marketability of their new systems, and the Wii U has been surprisingly short of their normal wave of franchise faves. Then again, Wii U is planning on delivering more than just their traditional formula.

Do U want to play the launch games? 

Though several launch titles are available on 360 and PS3, there is something to say about the titles and their Wii U-niqueness. The Miiverse and message boards give it a sense of independence from the other systems. Casual gamers will flock to cuter titles like New Super Mario Bros. Meanwhile, games like Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed III are just as impressive as their 360/PS3 counterparts. If you aren’t sucked into the allure of Scribblenauts, and you preordered your ACIII for your other system, then perhaps you should hold off on the Wii U.

What do U think?

The Wii U is a young console with plenty of potential. We could have one of the coolest systems since the N64. Or we could have another lukewarm system with a few blockbuster hits and hundreds of shovelware titles. I decided the system already had plenty to keep me and my friends entertained, and more than enough to convince me it was ready to purchase at launch. What do you think?

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