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Submitted by robparko 1100d ago | opinion piece

Now Isn’t the Time to Buy a Wii U

Keep in mind, this isn't a Nintendo is doomed article, just an honest opinion of the current landscape.

Mini Fortress writes:

"When it comes to the Wii U, I’ve been pretty darn quiet. In case the title above didn’t make it obvious, I’m not one of the millions of Wii U owners. Just this morning I was planning to put some cash aside to buy one in the next couple of months, but the day continued, and I changed my mind. Shortly after the announcement of Rayman Legends getting pushed back, something clicked; right now, there really isn’t much about the Wii U that gets me excited." (Wii U)

chadboban  +   1100d ago
Just like every single other console launch, there's always that dry spell that happens some months after launch. Don't worry, it'll pick up, just like the 3DS and PS3 did. I know I'll be picking up one later this year, same with the Vita.
robparko  +   1100d ago
Yeah, you're absolutely right. I'm not condemning the console, I'll buy it down the road as well. I'll be enjoying my 3DS until it does pick up!
chadboban  +   1100d ago
Have you gotten Fire Emblem as yet? I'm hearing great things about it.
xursz  +   1100d ago
The main thing isn't even a lack of games for me, it's that I know they're lowering the price as soon as next gen system are revealed. I would hate to be an early adopter in that situation.

It might also help if current gen games weren't of higher quality than what's currently on WiiU.
Ritsujun  +   1100d ago
Wii U Doomsday - 1st of March 2013
darthv72  +   1100d ago
what about...
those who skipped the wii? Wii-u is a more logical buy than the wii because it plays its own games but also those that are for the wii.

there are some really good titles available for the wii and so it would see the wii-u does upscale wii games. wii-u now have hundreds of playable games to choose from.

Besides, each person has their own personal timeframe to buy something if it appeals to them. You cant make a blanket statement of this is/is not the right time where an individual is concerned.
OmegaSlayer  +   1100d ago
There are 2 scenarios:
1-WiiU won't be around for more than 3 years.
2-WiiU won't sell more than 25-30 millions of pieces in a 5-6 years lifetime.

Anyway, Western third party devs are overall annoyed with Nintendo since it's the Fourth time that Nintendo screws with them, N64, Gamecube, Wii, WiiU; so I expected less support for an eventual new Nintendo system.
theEx1Le  +   1100d ago
Screws them how?
live2play  +   1099d ago
do you try to be an idiot...
or does it come easy to you?
miyamoto  +   1100d ago
Never been an early adopter of any console.

I always wait for the killer price cut and killer app.

I got my PS3 when it dropped to $300 and Uncharted 2 was released.
Bigkurz85  +   1100d ago
Cool story bro.

I greatly enjoyed having a bluray player and playing games like warhawk and resistance, as well as having a BC ps3 years before you got one.
FamilyGuy  +   1100d ago
If that Monolith title stays exclusive I'll probably get a WiiU on its release. I'm very interested in Monster Hunter too but it is a remake so it's not such a big deal. New IPs that are WiiU EXCLUSIVE are the only things that could push me to purchase one. Hopefully they come sooner than later as I'm definitely getting a PS4 day 1, no matter the cost, launch titles etc. I've never bought a launch day system, so I'm excited about that.
chadboban  +   1100d ago
Well Monolith Soft is 100% owned by Nintendo so that's as likely to become multiplatform as Mario is.
FamilyGuy  +   1100d ago
Oh ok lol, i feel a little dumb now. That confirms my future purchase then.
robparko  +   1100d ago
I haven't got it yet, but I would like to get it. I played the demo and I really enjoyed my time with it.
Jadedz  +   1100d ago
It's hard to debate that statement
Everything's going awry, and it doesn't seem like it'll be getting better until the later half of the year.
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Benjaminkno  +   1100d ago
Yeah, I'm a die-hard Nintendo fan, and it's too dry for me to buy one yet. I'll probably get one next month sometime.
I want to play ME3 again.
I've been wanting to play Darksiders 2.
ZombiU sounds like it's getting a patch.

You really should always wait a few months before purchasing a new product. There's always going to be a few kinks and bugs to work through when releasing hardware.

Who wants to download/update for 2 hours right when you turn on your system?...

... you know who you are!
bullymangLer  +   1100d ago
If i can AFFORD a wiiU i should still not buy a wiiU guys
robparko  +   1100d ago
I appreciate the emphasis on afford, but you missed the point. Why spend money on Wii U now when I could be playing great 3DS games instead.
bullymangLer  +   1100d ago
good question . . i "capt" the word afford because the person who wrote the article thinks we are all poor . i was being a bit sarcastic. and you know, when one can afford something, he aint spending/wasting his money, more like trading goods/value exchange . PLUS . since it's a wiiU we talking about, it would be wierd to call it a waste of money anyway.

and yep . you should buy Super Mario 3D land for the 3DS, that shit is witch-craft, and challenging . . then there's CastleVania? . tss my oh my
Theyellowflash30  +   1100d ago
Yeah, now is not a time to buy a Wii U. I would say March is a good time. Aliens Colonial Marines and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate both come out in then.
Starfox17  +   1100d ago
Aliens CM
Monster Hunter Ultimate

Don't forget Lego city that will be the biggest hit out of the 3 above.
DigitalSmoke  +   1100d ago
Not buying into the gimmick.
RTheRebel  +   1100d ago
big nintendo fan but now isn't the time to buy the wii u
when more games come out throw money at it same goes for the vita
FanMan  +   1100d ago
i doubt ill ever get one tbh.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1100d ago
I got my fill of wii playing at my friends house a lot So I can probably skip out on wiiU as well.
strigoi814  +   1100d ago
Best move keep your money and buy a ps4 or the next xbox (if this two console be expensive enough for you to buy save up more)
PS4isKing_82  +   1100d ago
This really sucks for me cause I bought a wiiU at launch, except I had to buy mine off eBay for $520 from someone.

I really wanted it and didn't know if I was gunna get it so that was my only option.
Now I feel kinda stupid the way things have been going recently for it.

Cause if 3rd parties are already rethinking their commitment to the console, than this is not good news for me and other wiiU owners.

Before launch, nintendo made it seem like they fixed their 3rd party problems.
And now not even 3 months after launch, ninja gaiden and rayman are already multi plat.
Oh_Yeah  +   1100d ago
Who gets a Nintendo system for 3rd party games? And why would you pay more than asking price for any system -__- could have maybe waited a year when there's actually some decent exclusives don't you think?..and it would've been cheaper on top of that.
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lilbroRx  +   1100d ago
I get them for 3rd party games, like Xenoblade, the Last Story, Battalion Wars etc.

They may not have the most, but they are always unique and high quality.

I'll be having fun with Bayonetta 2, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Wonderful 101.
Oh_Yeah  +   1100d ago
@lilbroRx I was referring to 3rd party multi plats..The games you listed are exclusive and I'd call them 2nd party.
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Kevlar009  +   1100d ago
Personally I am in no rush to buy a WiiU atm. I will someday, but I have a lot of games to go through in the meantime. Like many I'm waiting for a major IP to come out for it, either Metroid or "X". Since Rayman is out of the question, you basically get Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 100 as important exclusive titles before Fall (no diss to Lego City Undercover). Who knows, maybe there will be a special bundle later in the year (maybe even Rayman).

All I know is that Nintendo is putting some muscle behind it in the future, so I know they will deliver. Hopefully we will get some good news before E3
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chrispseuphoria  +   1100d ago
The Wii U is a cool concept but it just needs software. Nintendo have games coming for it, sure, but third party support is heavily needed right now for people to pick up the system. Ports of year old games just doesn't work anymore. We also need new IP from both Nintendo and third party companies which use the Wii U Gamepad's functionality. The hardware/controller is there. It just needs to be publicized to both developers and consumers.
Sanquine90  +   1100d ago
To late already have one:P Waiting for MH
tubers  +   1100d ago
Wii U's pretty cool.

But I already have my gaming priorities on PC and Playstation platforms xD

It'll probably be my first Nintendo home console though.. I missed the Wii gen.
MasterCornholio  +   1100d ago
Im willing to wait a while and see what the next PS4 and the 720 will be like before deciding on buying a Wii U or not but at the moment Nintendo hasnt done enough to convince me yet.
Starfox17  +   1100d ago
Lets see what games will be out before ps4 ect

Aliens CM
Windwaker HD
Project Cars
MarioKart HD
Beyonetta2 will be out before year ends i think.
Wonderful 101

plus all the games we know nothing of.
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G20WLY  +   1100d ago
Some of those definitely interest me, but can you also list the release dates, because that's the problem for me - I have no idea when they're coming out?!
Tiqila  +   1100d ago
ill wait until it has a reasonable price
black911  +   1100d ago
Was it Ever the Time? Or will there Ever be a Time?
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josephayal  +   1100d ago
I might get a Wii U in a couple of years after a price drop and some Good AAA
DivineAssault  +   1100d ago
not until at least 2 years
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   1100d ago
I Disagree,

NOW is the time.

If you know you are going to buy it when Zelda drops- just to play Zleda. If you got the cash it is better to buy it now and invest in the companies future.

The more breathing space that we can give Nintendo the more room they will have to work magic without rushing Products in order to keep the Shareholders at bay.

I also urge people to buy Nintendo Stock shares.

Nintendo is actually in a decent position it's just the bad press that keeps weighing it down and freaking-out the Stockholders.

-I fear that Iwata may quit to sacrifice himself for the "good" of the company; because everyone keeps erroneously saying "WiiU is Fail."

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