Wii Uby Nintendo

  • Wii U
  • Wii U
  • Wii U
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
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PROS

  • Backward-compatible with the Wii, the Wii U delivers a strong lineup of family-friendly Nintendo franchise games as well as support for YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming media services.
  • The Wii U's gamepad offers the option of a second-screen experience or the ability to play games without tying up the TV.
  • Wii U's high-def video and audio improve greatly on the original Wii experience.

CONS

  • Few third-party game developers have ported their hit titles to the Wii.
  • Compared to the PlayStation and Xbox competition, Will U is underpowered and lags in delivering state-of-the-art audio-video performance.
  • You can't play DVDs or Blu-ray discs on the Wii U.
The 2012 successor to Nintendo's flagship game console features HD graphics and a tablet-sized gamepad you can use as either a second screen to the console-connected TV or on its own to free up the TV. Nintendo sells the Will U in deluxe bundles that include additional storage, accessories, Nintendo Land and a marquee game--either Super Mario 3D World or Splatoon.
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The Wii U is most definitely worth a look even if you've already committed to either Sony or Microsoft's camp. In fact, this is the one resp…

The Wii U is most definitely worth a look even if you've already committed to either Sony or Microsoft's camp. In fact, this is the one respect where it follows perfectly in the footsteps of its predecessor; the Wii was seen by many gamers as their "second system"…

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80%

On a single charge, the gamepad lasted between 3 to 5 hours in my tests. But if you run out of juice, you can use it as a wired controller w…

On a single charge, the gamepad lasted between 3 to 5 hours in my tests. But if you run out of juice, you can use it as a wired controller with the power cable plugged in.

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80%

At a time when both the PS4 and Xbox One are struggling to stand out from one another, the Wii U has more exclusive games than any other nex…

At a time when both the PS4 and Xbox One are struggling to stand out from one another, the Wii U has more exclusive games than any other next-gen console, with even more to come in 2015.

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80%

It might not be the most powerful machine on the market, it's certainly victim to a weak name and botched marketing, and the behemoth GamePa…

It might not be the most powerful machine on the market, it's certainly victim to a weak name and botched marketing, and the behemoth GamePad controller is questionable ... for its sheer scale. But the Wii U is the only place to delve into some important Nintendo gaming franchises.

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80%

After two years of growth, the Wii U has become a great system that can still offer much more.

After two years of growth, the Wii U has become a great system that can still offer much more.

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80%

I have had more fun and a better experience playing the games on the Wii U then I have had with the PS4 and Xbox One.

I have had more fun and a better experience playing the games on the Wii U then I have had with the PS4 and Xbox One.

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70%

...there are also some major missteps and half-baked ideas: a befuddling Friends List/Miiverse connection, a complete lack of many system-wi…

...there are also some major missteps and half-baked ideas: a befuddling Friends List/Miiverse connection, a complete lack of many system-wide console standards (group chat, achievements, the ability to play non-game disc-based media) and a game controller that lasts only 3.5 hours.

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The best games for the Wii U can be played by more than one person in the same room: Nintendoland, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and S…

The best games for the Wii U can be played by more than one person in the same room: Nintendoland, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Smash Bros. In fact, it's the best single-room multi-player game system out there.

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What sets the platform apart is its focus on the new Wii U GamePad, a large amalgamation of a traditional controller and a tablet, featuring…

What sets the platform apart is its focus on the new Wii U GamePad, a large amalgamation of a traditional controller and a tablet, featuring a 6.2-inch touch display that can work in tandem with what's being shown on your TV.

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The best thing about the Wii U is that you can play most of its best games without even turning on your TV. Trust us. This is great.

The best thing about the Wii U is that you can play most of its best games without even turning on your TV. Trust us. This is great.

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The wireless Wii U GamePad is by far the most interesting thing about the system. It's an odd combination of standard buttons and analog sti…

The wireless Wii U GamePad is by far the most interesting thing about the system. It's an odd combination of standard buttons and analog sticks, with a 6.2", 854×480 resolution touchscreen.

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If you’ve grown up or have no interest in games other than Call of Duty, Metal Gear and Grand Theft Auto, then of course the Wii U isn’t for…

If you’ve grown up or have no interest in games other than Call of Duty, Metal Gear and Grand Theft Auto, then of course the Wii U isn’t for you. If you like entertainment that is wholesome for gamers of all ages, then Nintendo doesn’t disappoint with the Wii U.

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Positive Reviews
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You're a kid now!
You're a kid now. You're a squid now. You're a kid, you're a squid, you're a kid, you're a squid, you're a kid now! The Wii U has a lot of gimmicky features that I don't particularly like but as always, nintendo games are awesome :) Splatoon is one of the greatest games that's come out in the last few years and it's almost worth getting a Wii U just to play Splatoon! (and Smash 4, Mario Kart, etc. ...but really Splatoon is the best!)
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Endless multiplayer fun!
Gotta give Nintendo credit for trying new things. The Wii U truly innovates on new ways to input and provides a unique interface that allows for very interesting game modes. This console is best in groups where everyone can join in.
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Endless fun with well known and reminiscent characters
The Wii U is a ton of fun to play. I'm not so sure I am crazy about the large remote with screen, but some games work well. One game included a ghost that runs around a castle and tries to catch the opponent. The controller display shows a different view from the television screen and it was a lot of fun to play. Performance is great, internet connectivity is the best of any Nintendo system so far, and the controllers work well and pair easily. This is a great system for the casual gamer or a party host.

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