10 Reasons I'd Pick the Wii U over the Playstation 4 and Xbox One Today

This could have been Nintendo’s year — should have been Nintendo’s year.

And in a sense, it was Nintendo’s year, though it took some doing to get here. No one was supposed to buy the company’s shiny aqua-blue or whatchamacallit-black 3DS when it arrived back in February 2011 with a clamshell thud. Handheld gaming was doomed, proclaimed analysts like smug armchair oracles. Who’d want a bulky plastic pocket-brick that played games and games alone when they could play on their slender all-in-one smartphone — a device on which games exist in a kind of superabundant app-store-verse and typically sell for a buck or less?

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Majin-vegeta1781d ago

Why I won't buy a WII U not enough New IP'S that.

TomShoe1780d ago

One reason: To prevent the proliferation of scalpers.

I'd rather buy an Wii U and go without a PS4 until 2015 than support a scalper. At least the Wii U has some great 1st party titles.

Catoplepas1780d ago

Sony certainly do.

3 new IPs from their first party studios this year alone. Exceptional ones at that.

Neonridr1780d ago

@Catoplepas - you mean next year right?

VforVideogames1780d ago

Nintendo article?? now there's something wrong with N4G.

PSVita1780d ago

WiiUs been out for 1+ years

Mr_Writer851780d ago


Knack, Resogun... And??

LOL_WUT1779d ago

Killzone? Not to mention better 3rd party support BF, AC, NB2K ;)

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lilbroRx1780d ago

FIrst off that is false, they've had Nintendo Land and Wonderful 101 already without covering the eShop titles.

Second, that issue is even worse on the PS4/Bone

Majin-vegeta1780d ago

Should have added IP's that im interested in.

Beastforlifenoob1779d ago

There have been 8 games containing mario games in 2013 ALONE... If you say the issue is far worse on PS4/Xbox one show ME 1 SINGLE game character/series on either of the two consoles that has been milked for 20 friking years and has recieved more than 13 games in one year ALONE.

strigoi8141780d ago

lolz tell that to Microsoft i think they can relate to that

JetsFool35001780d ago

Same here Nintendo rarely has any dark gore type of games that'll attract a mature crowd... If I were to get a wii-u it'd be strictly for super smash bros & thats just for the nostalgia

Fanboyssuck271780d ago

Dark and gore doesnt equal mature. It just means that you have no understanding about gaming or your only 10 years old.

SegaGamer1780d ago

So are you saying "mature" people never played games like Mario and Sonic in the past ?

JetsFool35001780d ago (Edited 1780d ago )

@fanboy yeah dark gore doesnt equal mature but if they had more games like that they'd be doin alot better then they are now & I guess im sayin Nintendos style is too cartoonish for me


You know what's worse than kids that pretend being too old to play Mario and such? It's old fellas that think everyone old enough should be paying reverences to Nintendo like they do.

We had seen this all the time with Wii, even when people were pointing crappy games for their technical flaws (mostly introduced by the less than optimal control method), Ninty fans tryed and pinned this stupid age stereotype all around.

No one is obligated to love kiddy games out of nostalgia. Some of us had moved on to "dark and gore", others will always love cartoonish games, other may enjoy completelly different stuff... This has nothing to do with age or gaming upbringing and its not on you to try and judge everyone else's taste.

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stragomccloud1780d ago (Edited 1780d ago )

Thing is that Nintendo makes new IPs all the time; more than even Sony; however, those games are so unrecognizably Nintendo that people don't know they're a Nintendo game.

moparful991780d ago

In the past 7 years Sony has created
Little big planet
The Last of Us
beyond two souls
demon's souls
heavenly sword
escape plan
gravity rush
fat princess
heavy rain
loco roco
modnation racers
pixel junk
playstation allstars
soul sacrifice
the order 1886
sports champions
unfinished swan
white knight chronicles
drive club
echo chrome
Ni no kuni

This doesnt include already established franchises before the PS3 like

ratchet and clank
jak and daxter
god of war
syphon filter
sly cooper
gran turismo
ape escape
twisted metal
ico/shadow of the colossus
parapa the rapper
dark cloud

This isnt all of them.. I'm pretty sure Sony has a distinct and clear advantage when it comes to sheer volume of new and existing ips...

andrewer1780d ago (Edited 1780d ago )

@moparful99 good point, but there's a chance Nintendo is going to start making new IPs for good, like that X game, or even Bayonetta' studio could be in the way of making more IPs to them...But one thing is for sure: It doesn't matter how old a Nintendo franchise is, it never gets old :P

zerocrossing1780d ago


I think you'll find the developers created those games, Sony merely published them.

Mr_Writer851780d ago


Sony own most of the studios that created those and they own most if not all of those IPs.

Those they don't own might not of been made had they not published them.

stragomccloud1780d ago (Edited 1780d ago )

Many of these are not even Sony IPs, let alone second party studio IPs. you have a number of titles in there that weren't even published by Sony, and are in fact, just 3rd party exclusives. If I included those, I could go on with many more Nintendo titles, but I won't. So here is a list of new NINTENDO IPs, some you know, many you may have never even heard of.:

Wonderful 101
Xenoblade Chronicles
Baten Kaitos
Pandora’s Tower
The Last Story
Wii Sports
Wii Fit
Wii Play
Mario vs DK
Soma Bringer
Legend of Starfy
Elite Beat Agents
Rhythm Heaven
Endless Ocean
Magical Vacation/ Magical Starsign
Excitebots/Excite Truck
Chibi Robo
Steel diver
Fossil Fighter
Art Academy
Glory of Heracles
ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat
Drill Dozer
Art Style
Line Attack Heroes
Wii Music
Wii Party
Disaster Day of Crisis
Captain Rainbow
Battalian Wars
Art Style
Doshin the Giant
Zangeki no Reginleiv
Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland
Zekkyo Senshi Sakeburein
Jet Impulse
Chosoju Mecha MG
Project Hacker
Freakyforms: your creation, alive!
Sakura samurai
Dillon’s rolling western
Kiki trick
Fortune street
Pokemon x Nobunaga
Denpa Ningen
Aura-aura Climber
Looksley’s Line-up
Crash-Course Domo
Master of Illusion
Hotel Dusk/ The Last Window
Another code/Trace memory
Takt of magic

And since you included established franchises that have existed for some time, let's let the good ol' ones out.
2D Mario
3D Mario
Donkey Kong
Legend of Zelda
Fire Emblem
F Zero
Mario Kart
Game and Wario
Punch Out
Kid Icarus
Pilot Wings
Advance Wars
Golden Sun
Animal Crossing
Super Smash Bros(Nintendo actually has enough memorable/successful characters to make a successful line up, Playstation all stars pretty much proved how Sony has never really had any run away success with any of their characters. Not that all stars was a bad game, because it wasn't.)

Remember that Sony is a company that is run by businessmen, and Nintendo is a company run by game designers, programmers, and directors. Of course Nintendo will have more internally developed games. You'd have to be drunk on the kool-aid to argue with that. Though, N4G is the major kool-aid hub of the internet.

Point is, that people can go on and on with lists. But most of those titles I mentioned in the new IP list are pretty forgettable. Same goes for your list. New IPs doesn't necessarily mean good IPs.

N4g_null1779d ago

85Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush 84Monster Hunter 84No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle 84Bit.Trip Complete 84Swords & Soldiers 84No More Heroes 83Mega Man 9 83Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God 83WarioWare: Smooth Moves Rhythm Heaven Fever 83Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough 82Trauma Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection 82NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits 82Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free 82Mario Kart Wii 82Art Style: ORBIENT 82Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition 82de Blob 81Bit.Trip GoldenEye 007 81MadWorldSuper Mario Galaxy 97The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 95World of Goo 94Super Smash Bros. Brawl 93The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 92Xenoblade Chronicles 91Metroid Prime Trilogy 91Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition 88Art of Balance 88La-Mulana 87New Super Mario Bros. Wii 87Donkey Kong Country Returns 87Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure 87Little King's Story 87Sin and Punishment: Star Successor 87LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias 86Bomberman Blast 86Kirby's Epic Yarn Boom Blox Bash 86Fluidity 86Punch-Out! 86Tetris Party 86Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

mop those are possiblely exclusives and sony didn't fund or make those games... another point is almost none of those game have no replay value or where just hype vehicles.

That list is so full of filler.
I can do the same!

Beastforlifenoob1779d ago

@strag... Look at some of the series you have counted

1.) mario vs dk
2.)2d mario
3.) 3d mario
They are all mario they may be different games but not a different series... It would be as if moparful listed infamous and infamous blood festival as two different series... Also who the flip would consider "flipnote" a game are you deluded.Also many,mnay of the games you listed look like very short and casual indie titles (which arent neccasarily bad) but considering practically all of moparful99's listed games all have strong storylines, huge plots and amazing character progression they easily destroy many of your "games" that have a cube as the man character.

stragomccloud1779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

You could easily subtract those and the point is still valid. That said, 3d platforming and 2D platforming are NOT the same, and are indeed different serious. Super Mario, New super Mario, and Mario vs DK. Though those series while they might share the same characters, only someone who has never seriously played these games would try to lump them all together.

Besides, the point of the post is not to say one company makes more IPs than the other, or has more universally popular IPs than the other. It is only that having many new IPs means nothing. No one is going to play every one, and we'll probably just play a handful.

moparful991779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )


Actually Sony owns each and every single IP that I listed

Scroll down to owned franchises and properties and look at the list. Alot of those I didn't list due to not being well known.. Tell me which IP's I listed were not Sony owned ips?

Sony used to own Crash Bandicoot and Spyro but now activision owns those so I left them off but are two iconic franchsises tied to playstation..

Im sorry but any Mario game with the name "Mario" on it regardless of genre is one IP. Just like I didn't post any of Sony's spin offs like LBP karting..

Again I reiterate Nintendo rest on its core titles and releases sequels and spin offs every year.. Sony invests heavily into building new IPs and they have a huge advantage in that regard.. Just look at the Last of Us.. Being considered by many as a Game of the Generation contender. When's the last time Nintendo released a new and fresh IP that gained that kind of recognition?

TekoIie1779d ago


"Actually Sony owns each and every single IP that I listed"

Sony doesn't own Ni No Kuni...

TimeoutCorner1779d ago

@ mopar, mr-writer, and beast

this video says high

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kwandar1780d ago

So I take it that means you aren't buying a PS4 and an XBox1 either?

I have to respect a man who can sit out a generation, waiting for enough IPs.

Majin-vegeta1780d ago

Nope already have my PS4 given Sony's track record.I know i wont be disappointed.Xbone can hit the high way its a rip off.

stragomccloud1780d ago

@majin Vegeta, I'll definitely get a PS4 eventually, probably an Xbone too, for that matter; however, since I have a gaming PC, neither of those two systems really offer very much besides games that I can already play on my hardware(albeit not nearly as good-looking as my PC).

Only the Wii U offers a unique experience, and don't try to pretend that the touch pad is revolutionary, because it's half assing copying Nintendo. Just like when Sony put six-axis into the PS3 controller at the last minute.

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Benjaminkno1780d ago

I have WiiU and a Ps4 and I'm enjoying Nintendo's console so much more right now.

That's not to say that won't change, but with MarioKart, Bayo2, Smash and "X" just around the corner... well..

I'm rooting for Xbox, cuz they seem to be the underdog right now.

mcstorm1780d ago

Im the same as you only I have the xbox one and WiiU and I have Sonic Lost world, Pikmin 3, Windwaker im trying to get through and I also have a unopened Mario 3D world. At the moment im jumping between Lost world and Forza 5 and once I have finished one ill start Mario and move onto another game when ive finished that. For me the WiiU is a very under rated consoles and as im bored of playing FPS games yoy its been a nice change to pickup some of theses great Nintendo ips.

webeblazing1780d ago

How did u get over 30 disagrees from that comment

stragomccloud1780d ago

Easy, hating on anything positive regarding Nintendo, Nintendo hardware, or Nintendo software, is all the rage with the kids these days! Gamer no longer means: "one who plays video games."

Now a gamer is, "One who hates on all things Nintendo."

Didn't you get the memo?

Benjaminkno1779d ago

Probably because I prefer WiiU right now, even though it may not stay that way for long.

I mean, oh well.. fanboys will be fanboys

for we are many1780d ago

The article has valid points, you need to read it if you are still on the fence, but if you already have a Wii U and especially now with the release of Pikmin3 , WW HD, Wonderful 101 and SM3DW, you know that it Rocks! I am totally enjoying mine now and it's keeping me off Steam except for playing the newly released Deadly Premonition DC.

Neonridr1780d ago

I just got a PS4 last week, so sure, maybe I have been giving the old parallelogram some extra love, but it's a new toy to me, so naturally I am going to want to play it.

But I still have a huge backlog of games I have to finish on my Wii U it's ridiculous. Pikmin 3, Rayman, Wind Waker HD, W101, Lego Marvel Superheroes and SM3DW... I have no clue when I will find the time to squeeze it all in, but with just the Wii U alone, I know I have a ton of quality games there to play.

I only have BF4 at the moment for my PS4. I may end up getting KZ before the year is out, but I don't plan on buying anything else on the PS4 until Infamous drops. That will give me tons of time to catch up on my Wii U.

MsmackyM1780d ago

I'm pretty much in the same boat as you, I definitely have more games on the Wii U than I have time to play them. Right now the PS4 is mainly sitting dormant, the only game I've bought for it is AC IV, which I'm not playing since I still want to complete AC 3 on the Wii U. I know once MGS and Infamous release next year I'll be burning the candle at both ends.

objdadon1780d ago

Traded my wii u in towards my ps4. Mario and zelda was fun as a youngster but I outgrew those type of games. I play some mario kart on my 3dxl sometimes and probably will get smash bros for it. But the wii u was just collecting dust beside my ps3 and 360. It had to go.

grimmweisse1780d ago

So you outgrew platformers and adventure games. So everyone who still enjoys those kind of games are kids? Geez thanks!

I would understand if you said I outgrew or got bored of those series, but relagting whole genres!

KwietStorm1780d ago

He said he enjoyed them as a youngster, and he said exactly what you said, he outgrew them. He didn't say everyone who plays them is a youngster.

Metallox1780d ago

You should get another one this 2014, there are coming games like X, Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Yarn Yoshi and even the possibility of games like the new Zelda, SMT x Fire Emblem and obviously, we should expect for new announcements.

bigrob9041780d ago

i will never buy another nintendo system ever, i'm still figuring out why so many people bought the wii. we have a wii, but that never gets used it just collects dust on the tv stand. how many times do they expect me to play a mario, or zelda game? i understand that these particular nintendo franchises have a huge following, but i would never buy a system just to play these particular games. as for the wii u it's just more of the same, releasing the same franchises, lagging behind in graphics and overall system quality. to me people on the internet can argue about nintendo system until they're blue in the face, but until nintendo becomes a better hardware developer and comes up with someone other that mario i'm done.

kwandar1780d ago

bigrob. Had a Wii, got used for first 2 years and then like everyone else we moved on to PS3.

Now this generation, we have a Wii U again. Why? Because it offers FAR more value, and there isn't that huge gap in video. Check out side by side comparisons with PS4 and yes there is a difference, but it isn't that much.

On top of that we get games like AC4 and Deus Ex that play BETTER, as a direct result of the gamepad.

The hardware differential you moan about just isn't there.

bigrob9041780d ago

@kwandar there is a huge gap in game visual quality, to say it isn't is to just not want to admit it. now some games like AC4 are not but thats just one game where visuals weren't the developers biggest concern as they where releasing on every console and just wanted to get anothe AC out. plus seeing as how the ps4 released a few weeks ago we haven't seen what the ps4, or xb1 for that matter is really capable of. plus Ps4 and xb1(to some extent) have second screen capabilities. sowith that said, nintendo's "next-gen" system has last gen graphics. they won't get all the third party support that sony or microsoft will. also how many times do they expect people to buy a brand new system to play mario, only hardcore fans are gonna buy it for that. i think it was a naughty dog developer that said they should just do software, and i agree. if they like making mario, zelda, donkey kong, and metroid so much then let them. i just wish they'll stop selling an inferior product and saying it's next gen when it clearly isn't.