Hardcore Gamer: We want to tell you a story you might not believe: the Wii U has quickly become the console to own.
Good article. For anyone who is still sitting on the fence. Now is the time to snag a Wii U. Especially with all the diffrent crazy holiday deals. Some other great facts about the Wii U... Free online play! A built in tv remote in the Gamepad (Life saver most nights when I can't find my actual tv remote.) Mii verse which is a social online gaming chat rooms (great place for getting help or showing off something cool to the community!) Backwards compatibility with your old Nintendo Wii games! A ever growing Virtual console selection for all those retro tittles. Great selection of indie games like Shovel Knight and Steam World Dig! Game pad allows for off tv play. Also 2015 is JAM PACKED with some amazing games like Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker, The Legend Of Zelda Wii U, Yoshi Woolly World, Mario Party 10, and Star Fox Wii U.
I've been saying this for a while now
its time to plug the Wii U back up. Im looking forward to the new Zelda game. It looks very similar to Shadow of the Colossus.
When it comes to having the highest quality exclusive software lineup the Wii U is the system to beat no contest. When it comes to sales however... Goes to show the average gamer doesn't have the most developed tastes when it comes to gaming. What's popular is never a reliable way to determine what is actually good.
Just bought the mk8 bundle for $175, its jist too bad Ii can't play it till xmas. Got it for my kids lol. I own every playstation and nintendo console now since the begining of each and have always felt I've got my moneys worth out of both.
I have little doubt the Wii U will be looked back on favorably by the end of this gen with the sheer number of quality titles nintendo is putting out.
I think it's safe to say Wii U will be remembered much more fondly than Wii since it actually has normal controls by default. :v
Unless the people you're playing with have a bad connection.My Wii U remote literally doesn't work more than a sixteenth of an inch away from my console. I dropped it a few times my fault. It's either the cliquest place on Earth or the dumbest. That you already beat sometimes years ago. Could be doing alot more. Indie games that can be good or terrible. Not for me. 2015 Monolith's X and Zelda.
I'm getting one in February. Can't wait. It will be so good for my daughter. I have my PS4, which is good for me, but there are very few kid's games on it. Wii U has games my whole family can play together. I'm very excited for it.
You'll be ripping the GamePad from her little fingers lol
lol i hope she likes it that much! Right now, she plays Castle Crashers on my 360. But even that has some pretty crazy humor for a 4 year old. I didn't realize how many poop and fart jokes are in that game until she played it, lol. She also loves Minecraft, although I have to play it and she tells me what she wants to do. She'll be a gamer, i just need to get her games that are a little more cartoony, which is why I want a Wii U. If you have any suggestions, i'm all ears. I have a 360 and a PS4. :)
Ps4 might be a better option for your daughter as although Nintendo games are cartoony, its decieving, they are a lot more harder to play than a ps4 game would be as theres usually a lot more skill involved in Nintendo games. You should get little big planet for your ps4, im sure your daughter would love that, mine definately does.
Probably going to be getting one soon myself. Watching people play smash and mk8 is getting unbearable to resist. Plus that Zelda footage looks amazing.
there is no "console to beat". for me, they don't make games i care about.
So, of ALL the games available currently for either Wii U or 3DS, neither hardware houses any game you "care about"? You must be some tough but to crack... Back to Mario Kart 8 for me, no, Smash, no, Bayonetta 2, no, Pokemon Y, no, New Leaf...damn it, so many properties not to care about.
Some people just don't enjoy cartoony games. If that's the case, then yes, the Wii U and 3DS would fall short for this dude's tastes. It has nothing to do with sheer amount of games, but more the style of games. I, on the other hand, love both styles, so I'm extremely happy with my Wii U, and very excited with my newly purchased PS4. :D
Weird..I prefer the PS4. No time for a second console! No Time!
How can you tell, truthfully. Where as I own both a Wii U and PS4 - with games for each, I can contrast and compare. You on the other hand are making a blind judgement, and trust me, my experience has shown me the PS4 to be little more than a damp squib.
I own all 3 and my wii u has not been touched since Sept :/
Truthfully/sadly I used to work at a Gstop. (no more!) I consider myself well educated on these systems and past systems. No PC knowledge, sorry. I learned a valuable lesson when I bought all three consoles in the PS2 generation/era. As a teen, it's not bad, but as an adult it's not practical for me. So I made an educated decision to stick with PS...and I've never looked back. Couple of peeks over the shoulder (Wonderful 101/Sunset Overdrive/Steam, etc) but that's it, just a peek.
@Higgins also you should of played Killzone/InFamous/LBP3 instead of Octodad...it would of helped that damp squid thing you got.
@SmokingMonkey oh, but I did. All 3 were as generic as is possible. KZ3 I got bundled with my launch PS4 - against my wishes...I traded it less than a week later. Second Son I bought second hand, again it was traded roughly a week later. LBP Ive not yet played but according to reviews it isn't worth it, buggy and unfinished is how its best described. Like I've said previous, the only game worth owning for PS4 currently (unavailable on other platforms) is TLOU. A great game but chewed meat at this point.
I have spent alot of my time on both consoles. I go through spurts where Ill play wiiu alot, then move over to Ps4 for a month or two, then the Wiiu calls me back. Between those I'm playing Ps3, Vita and 3ds. Sony and Nintendo go hand in hand, best gaming combo hands down. No need to have one over the other. Both are fun machines.
I agree, I am tempted to get a WiiU as that second console. A good Metroid game could make me snap, I guess we'll see. Also Zelda games never fail. (well almost never)
Sorry I always have a reason to go back play both my wii u and ps4. I use both each day, either it is super smash bros with friends over or its online call of duty or watching streams. Wii U is great and so is my ps4. I can't choose one, but I did buy my wii u first when I had a chance to buy my ps4 first. I am no kid, 24.
Thats your loss, games should be enjoyed regardless of the console, You say you have no time to play multiple consoles yet it depends on the time you allocate to each game, meaning owning another console is primarily like owning multiple games at once which I'm sure you do, so TIME is a facile argument. If you have time to game at all you have time to game on multiple consoles. MONEY may be a defining reason and one that i'd understand as dividing money between consoles can be stressful but there is no such thing as dividing time between consoles unless you have a bias.
Is he serious? Who in their right mind if given the restriction of only one console to own this Gen would choose the WiiU. The system is sitting at half the price of the competition, and still noones buying, they had the market to themselves for a year, and still noones buying. Nintendo makes companion consoles, they mainly serve 2 crowds arcadey, and casual, and the casuals have abandoned consoles all together, they went to phones or handhelds, thus you can see Nintendos sales numbers have fallen dramatically. Nintendo even admitted to serving casuals over core.Most core gamers want memorable experiences and adventures, moments to talk about, Nintendo can usually only provide that in a party setting.
People have different concepts of casual. For me a casual gamer buys FIFA, Cod and Assasins creed. Maybe Uncharted and Last of US.
Totally agree. I have one friend that only plays sports games. He is definitely a casual player if there was one! So, I recommended he get a PS4, they have the best versions of sports games. To each their own. Just sick of the Wiiu bashing, that machine is solid.
WTF!? "Memorable experiences and adventures, moments to talk about"...this could be Nintendo's motto! I can name a dozen games already for the Wii U which has blown me away. My PS4, none - not including reissued old PS3 classics. Also, stop talking about sales. Sales are for the suits, the number men. GAMES are priority, particularly if you go using the term 'core' gamers. Sales are for chavs who lap up COX and Assassins Creed.
Most Wii U owners are Nintendo fanboys. This is why 3rd party games cannot sell on their systems, because of their brand loyalty. I am a core gamer, meaning I love sophisticated experiences regardless of the system. I have Smash, Super Luigi, Nintendoland, traded Wind Waker. I play other party games at my friends, the only reason we've turned on our Wii U's in the last couple months has been Smash, other than that we don't talk about Nintendo, none of my gamer friends talk about crazy endings or plot twists, or setpeices when it comes to Nintendo games, but we do with plenty of great games on other systems. So riddle me this, how could Nintendo have a motto, noone knows them for?...
SOrry to tell you I owned sega and playstation all my life and I got the wii u before I got my ps4 and I really like the wii u for the games.
The last thing I would recommend to a causal gamer is a wii u, it has more hardcore gamer games and also family games as in I can play with my brothers and dad. I am 24. I would suggest my ps4 for the causal, I use it a lot for online gaming like minecraft and cod plus i use netflix and hulu on it more for tv.
The last thing I would recommend to any gamer is the WiiU. If you like Nintendo games you'll either have one already or be planning to get one. To me Nintendo games are like Disney films. I'm aware that they are high quality and that they are very popular, but they simply leave me cold. I have been gaming for almost 35 years and never felt the need to buy a Nintendo console. I don't know what it is about them, they just do nothing for me whatsoever. I think that for me at least, both Disney and Nintendo try too hard to force cutesy sentimentality down my throat. I know that plenty of people feel very differently, and I respect that, but it simply isn't for me.
Lol I don't know what your definition of a core/casual gamer is, which are both pretty uneducated terms to use because everyone has so many different definitions in their mind for them, but I think sadly it is representative of the industry. I own all 3 consoles, and I would be hard pressed to say that any of them truly provide memorable experiences and adventures. So many games now are just going through the motions, and personally I think that the reasons gamers glue so closely to sales is because they can't back games like they used to. The people who need to be most proud are the artists because they create beautiful games, but game making is mostly present with nintendo and the indie scene now. That being said I will go on enjoying the games that I do enjoy, and continuing to try others so I can give an educated opinion.
That tired marketing argument again? That sort of comment is about as repetitive as the CoD series lol. Nintendo has not supported the casual market for over a year or two now with Wii U. Heck, Miyamoto referred to the way casual gamers migrate from one market to the next as "pathetic." Lately Nintendo seems to just be marketing to their fans.
If it had the same graphics power as the PS4/X1 it could have been way better but it's not. The games by Nintendo and the Virtual Console games are the only reason to get a Wii U. Most of the 3rd party games look like PS3/X360 games but have worse frame-rates. Don't expect anything amazing if you are getting a Wii U because the only thing great about it is off TV play and Nintendo games finally in HD. The Virtual Console still lacks a lot with zero N64 and GCN support(Which is really frustrating!). It also lacks lots of big titles for the SNES and GBA. I don't consider any of the Nintendo sequels on the Wii U to be the best in their series though they are ok. I have not bought the new Super Smash Bros yet so I don't know how it compares to the previous games in the series. But I know Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros U, and Mario Kart 8 are not the best in any of their series except for the graphics. Mario Kart 8 is the only one close to being the best in the series but Double Dash I think is the best. With all these sequel repeats I'm surprised Nintendo does not make a sequel to Super Mario World with 2D sprites which would be so much better than New Super Mario Bros U. Also note I am a Nintendo/Sony fanboy since the SNES and PS1 days and Nintendo has disappointed me with the lack of change with their games. They don't even have to change them much but it feels like every other Nintendo generation had better sequels going between generations. But the games I have for my Wii U don't feel like they are worth $60. I can actually say the same thing about a lot of my PS4 games too.
'Most of the 3rd party games look like PS3/X360 games but have worse frame-rates' And how is that Nintendo's fault?! Many 1st party games will run 1080/60fps yet the Watchdogs video showing framerates could barely manage 30fps....Hardware issue? No....LAZY dev issue!
Wii U 1st party games generally run at 720p at 60 fps. The only exceptions are Wind Waker HD which is 1080p at 30 fps (though its not locked at it) and Smash Bros which is 1080p at 60 fps. Mario Kart 8 runs at 720p at 60 fps, but the game's split-screen mode drops to 30 fps.
Look it doesn't help when the wii u cpu is 3 core 1.3ghz compared too 360 cpu is 3 core 3.2ghz.
wii u has like what.... 3 games worth playing, only. the rest of the selection is crap. If I wanted to play last gen third party games, i would play the ps3.
the Wii-u makes me feel super excited about videogames again I am having so much fun with the games that are available now and next year is going to be awesome!!!
Look if u can't get the third party games that the x1 & ps4 are getting( I mean all third party games) then it's not worth it as a secondary console maybe as a third console in another room that u randomly visit too play games that bring back memories of you when you were a kid. Seriously I actually owned a white basic for a year but I didn't really like it a few months in and what's the good of free online play if you've lost call of duty(or even fps in general too play online). There's more value in a 360 or ps3 there still getting great 3rd party support that the wii u doesn't get at all( a game here or there).
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