When the Wii came out in 2006, Nintendo has been on a roll in terms of console sales and gameplay innovation. However, Nintendo was still behind the curve in many ways. Console sales dwindled, ports were rushed which led to a multitude of problems, decent games were hard to come by, lack of HDMI, lack of DVD playback, and the friend code system just made the console less desirable to the public. Within a few years, many Wii consoles around the U.S. were pretty much used as a drink coaster more than a game console. Nintendo had to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to get its mojo back and in 2012, the Wii U was released.
The system has some serious competition now. The PS4 & XBOX One greatly surpass the Wii U in many aspects; graphics, online functionality, and the better selection of games for starters. However, the Wii U focuses on the experience rather than the raw horsepower of graphics.
When E3 took place this past June, I initially ruled out the Wii U because it seemed to be lackluster. However, there were several games that made me realize that the system isn’t D.O.A. yet. Hyrule Warriors, a mix between The Legend of Zelda & Dynasty Warriors, impressed me enough that I would really give the Wii U a shot. In addition, Bayonetta 2, now a Wii U exclusive, is shaping up to be a VERY good title for the system. If Nintendo hadn’t stepped in, Bayonetta 2 would not have been possible due to a lack of publisher support. Oh yeah, I forgot about Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U & 3DS, which is shaping up to be a chaotic, fun game as well. Nintendo is starting to come around with it’s online functionality and quality of games; elements that have previously fleeted the Wii but is slowly coming around with the Wii U.
I recently bought a Wii U and I really enjoy it. I can’t stop playing Shovel Knight and Mario Kart 8, both fun and simple titles with a good challenge attached to them. I used to hate on the Wii U a lot because I felt I wouldn’t be satisfied for what it has to offer. However, 2 years after its release, it’s finally gaining steam and receiving the praise it deserves.
If you’re on the fence on getting a Wii U, I’d recommend it. With the vast improvements that has been made over the Wii, the Wii U is finally getting in the groove of hanging with the big boys.