I recently bought a Wii U and have really been enjoying the experience so far. Here are the 5 P’s of why I think the Wii U Is currently the best console that your money can buy.
The Previous Generation
I don’t know if you remember this little console called the Wii that came out about 5 years ago and its pretty nice lineup of games but yeah, they are all backwards compatible on Wii U. That includes games like Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Kirby: Return to Dreamland, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Wii Fit, and many more awesome games. I’m finding myself playing my Wii games almost as much as my Wii U games. Xbox One and PS4 are both not backwards comparable at all.
At first I didn’t think that the gimmicky GamePad controller had a point. Why would I need to view a screen on the GamePad when I could just see the game on the TV. But the Gamepad does come in handy. For example in the morning while my wife is still sleeping, I can just turn on the GamePad and play a quick game of Earthbound or Super Mario World without bothering her with the brightness of the big TV. I do prefer playing most newer games on the big screen though because they’re more enjoyable in HD.
I’ve seen some of the games on Xbox One and PS4 and honestly I’m not that impressed with the graphics jump from the last gen to the current. I know the systems just came out but I expected a bigger upgrade. Wii U graphics look much better than Wii because this is Nintendo’s first HD game system. And the lineup so far is pretty impressive. New Super Mario Wii U, New Super Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World (Amazing game!), Pikimin 3, Zombie U and an entire library of NES, SNES and N64 games to download.
So the Xbox One is $500 which to me just seems like too much considering you need to buy XBOX Live with it every month. At $400, the PS4 seems more reasonable but to play online you need to now buy PSN every month too. The Wii U Deluxe bundle is currently $300 and includes two pretty awesome games: New Super Mario Bros Wii U and Super Luigi Wii U. All of the online features are free on the Wii U. The GamePad having a screen in a way gives you a free portable system which makes the price seem even more attractive.
Remember when 3DS came out and everyone thought it was junk? Today it pretty much owns the handheld gaming market. The Wii U has been off to somewhat of a rough start but the potential for this system in the next few years is great. I’m looking forward to many of the games scheduled to come out including Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Donkey Kong: Tropical Breeze. I’m also curious to see how developers take advantage of the second screen on the GamePad in games.