The Wii U is considered a failure now, but its unique chunk of gaming history will really boost its value in the future. Could people be flocking to the system in ten years?
Most likely as Nintendo's Dreamcast. I personally didn't buy one, not a fan of the Wii era, but anyone I've talked to online/in person that did invest in one loves it.
Dreamcast was way better, and still is.
Tried to take the casual market from the Wii with them, but failed to do so starting with the naming confusion (no idea why Nintendo didn't use 'Wii 2' instead). Had some great games on the system but a lack of exposure, still opting with trying to take the casual market instead. The lack of enticing price drops on the console due to the expense of the Wii U Tablet.
A failure but it had a good idea on paper but it didn't work
Agreed it was a commercial failure. But perhaps an idea a little ahead of the technological curve. I'd say their second attempt at hybrid handheld is off to a great start.
Nintendo's Quick Cash Grab. 13 Million suckers who fell for it.
No I don't think it was a cash grab. I mean they had an interesting concept but it didn't translate right and it was poorly marketed.
The tablet was the only thing stopping me from buying one. I think it was responsible for about half of the manufacturing cost. I would have rather had them make beefier hardware instead, or even just cut the price and include a regular controller. I didn't like it at all, and didn't want to pay more for something I didn't want.
I choose to see it as an early Switch prototype that Nintendo made available to the public. Yes, it was a crap design but it was necessary to get us to the fully realized Switch console. The Switch to me feels like a more natural evolution of the Wii.
Remember the what? At this rate Nintendo is not even going to remember it. They are going to port everything over to the Switch. It was a decent console, but even Nintendo did not know how to use it. One of the primary success factors with the Switch is that it is not designed to push a convoluted control scheme for the software.
The huge sales of the games that have been "ported" over will show you how good the system really was. Mario Kart 8 alone justified my purchase. Gosh, never put that many hours into a single video game in my entire gaming life. Wii U is far from perfect....but it was and is still Nintendo's first HD system. That is what it will be remembered for.
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