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Nintendo Wii U Console - Wii U

Nintendo shows that it dances to the beat of its own drum with the Wii U. A massive controller with a screen allows games to be played in the bathroom or on the big screen via HDMI output (until it runs out of batteries). While sales have been less than expected, Nintendo fans love the quirky styling, social features and all-star Nintendo games lineup.
  • Release date: 2012
  • Genre: Console
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Players: 1-Player, Co-op, Online Multiplayer
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oyabungaijin
I agree with Derek's stance on the Wii U. It's a good system, and will prove itself over time.
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Penless
Claims of Nintendo making quality hardware is a thing of the past. It's painful because the Wii U has GREAT games. But I bought a white Wii U at launch at Gamestop. 5-6 months later the disc drive crapped out on me- wouldn't take in discs. So I by a Deluxe black one at Target. 8-9 months later... SAME ISSUE! The drive doesn't want to take in the disc. And I slot my discs in gently to AVOID disc drive issues. I've NEVER had issues like this with Nintendo hardware in the past. Unreliable system.
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sherberttcat
Wow. Nitnendo has really fallen flat on their faces.
 
meepok1
While the Wii U is lacking in some aspects it is not a bad console at all. Sure, it doesn't have all that much 3rd party support, but that doesn't make it a bad console.
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chronictron
its not a bad system, I feel it was just not as thought out to be ahead of its time like the Wii was when it came out.
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sherberttcat
If I wanted dual screen gaming, I would have bought a fucking DS!
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osama
i am not fan of Nintendo, but really i can't understand this company !! i think they live in another world...
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pokemonkid8
EXTREMELY underrated. Buy one of these now if you love nintendo franchises such as mario, zelda, Yoshi, Metroid, super smash bros, mario kart. Buy one of these when nintendo when they need you most, you won't regret it.
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Sierra
Great console. Only downfall for the Wii U is the lack of online multiplayer game play.
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ian2600
ive played it its not to good.
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pokemonkid8
What?! That's the least proof I've ever seen in a review. The wii u is outstanding, you might have played nintendo land for 5 minutes and said, "where's the call of duty, and daaaaaaa graaaaaphiccsssss, dey suck!". The wii u also has a huge library of games aswell.
 
egames101
the wii u gets a lot of hate but you shouldn't listen to them as the wii u is a great console and if the game developers give it a try in creative ways they could get people buying wii u's just for this game like the xbox with halo or the ps3 with the last of us so give the wii U a chance.
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psycatic
Yes it's getting lots of bad press at the moment. It's my favourite console of the current generation. Nintendo doing what Nintendo do best, thinking outside of the box and producing a unique gaming experience.
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dmbshooter
I received the Zelda edition for my birthday in November and I love it!! Guys try the Nintendo eShop game NES REMIX.
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chronobound
I just picked one up. I actually really like it. The controller has a lot of functions and because of its individual charm and classic games as mentioned in the video how could you pass it up?
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pokemonkid8
Exactly the wii u is the best next gen system.
 
dmbshooter
Thumbs Up!
 
cheeseman2001
it's great. I love the games and the features.
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henyu
i own this console
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PlayTooReview
Love this console. I am very happy to say, I think this is a superior console to the Xbox 360 or the PS3
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PlayTooReview
And here is the Nintendo centric fan he is talking about
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jnugent
After one week of playing our Nintendo Wii U, I have to give it 5 stars. Certainly the most unique gaming experience I've ever had. I grew up with Bally Astrocade and Atari 2600, consoles have certainly come a long way since then! The Wii U Game Pad is a bit large, but lightweight and easy to use. This is an underrated console which will appeal to anyone and everyone, they just have to try it once and see. Wonderful graphics, awesome UI! Nintendo, you've done it again!
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horsenwelles
its seriously a fantastic system with a different feel than any and all competition. the gamepad is a wonderful controller with a nice screen that acts as a DS lower screen with 1080p and is supported mechanically by all the upcoming developers. it has a nice, simple, smaller design, it works with wii games AND wii controllers. i really love its miiverse and its artistic applications. its just a wonderful system that feels unique and has some incredible releases for it.
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reiber184
This a great console with a lot of personality. The launch wasnt so great but they have put out some great games for it since then. Even if you have a xbox or Playstation or pc. Get a wii u for the exclusives.
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flyingace747
Great first party games and thankfully better 3rd party support than wii. The graphics are actually pretty impressive. Everything looks really sharp. Wind Waker HD is probably the best looking game I've actually played on a console because its native 1080p not upscaled.
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Squid Invasion
The Wii U isn't a bad console at all and games look fantastic on it however once again Nintendo's emphasis on region locking is still going to be a deal breaker for many people and unless you are a huge fan of Nintendo's first party titles then the WiiU is worth it otherwise if you only play multiplatform games then you might want to look elsewhere.
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zombie399
While it may feature great Nintendo classics,you buying this console really depends on how much you want to play them. Sadly, with no friends to play it with, a real lack of key 3rd party support, and the fact that I just can't justify spending $350 just to play fairly repetitious Mario and Zelda games, means that although it may be a decent console, it's one that only hardcore Nintendoids should buy.
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jnugent
I have to disagree on the lack of 3rd party support. You might want to do some research here. Sega, Ubisoft, Activision, THQ, Disney, EA, Capcom (new Resident Evil title!). I read all the time about lack of 3rd party support, yet all you have to do is peruse all of the Wii U titles to see this is simply not true. Give it time, and this console will quickly become the most popular amongst the general public.
 
SnappyJon
The Wii U is a great TV games console. You get HD graphics on your big screen, and game play with Nintendo's finest cast of characters. The Gamepad is a useful screen and controller, and you still have backwards compatibility with your original Wii games using Wiimotes and Nunchuks on the TV. The lack of storage (only 32GB with the Deluxe model) can easily be remedied with a 2TB USB external Hard Drive. Don't listen to the nay sayers. Check it out for yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised!
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EnerG
The Wii U. Obviously this console isn't doing well in sales, but it's actually fun...with friends. I just can't take it very seriously. The Wii U is the best for parties, with plenty of awesome party games, but I wouldn't recommend it for anything else. The Wii U gamepad is pretty cool, but the system overall seems like the Wii Plus. I can't recommend this as a serious gaming console. Mainly because the hardware.
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darklycan51
The best "next gen" console, doesn't use cloud computing which is a failure, supports 1080p which is the same as ps4/xbox one (neither of them support 4k so the rest doesn't matter) and has miiverse and awesome games (and specially exclusives) the ps4 and xbox one are outdated however the wii u will be able to survive way more years than what the Ps4/Xbox One will because of the same fact that it was born knowing it's underpowered while ps4/xbox one users don't know theirs already is underpwred.
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waltz157
As a long time supporter of the Wii U, I'm so elated to finally see the console get more attention from big retailers and news sites. I highly recommend this console, as the games already out for it and the ones soon to release are breathtakingly gorgeous. While on paper it doesn't have the horsepower of the PS4 nor the XB1, Nintendo (along with others Sega, and Platinum) prove time and time again that they can make impressive looking games that are memorable and remarkable to experience.
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flemington202
The wiiu is yet another fun innovative console from nintendo. With some 3rd party support and great games being now put on the wiiu( mass effect, cod, batman,etc) and epic games from nintendo themselves, Nintendo just needs to advertise there game more to be a great console
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Pekka
I love Nintendo Wii U. I play games since 1998 and my first console was PlayStation. I played a bit NES. Then skipped PS2 (played SDC games that were published for PC), then got PSP. PS3 was a huge step in the future gaming. But Nintendo U steps even further. Graphics are 1080p only, Gamepad and the Pro controller are gorgeous, Miiverse and e-Shop are great etc. And it has already a bunch of awesome games. And after all you can watch ClassicGameRoom on it! And the browsing experience's killer!
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James Stewart
A good idea from Nintendo, but I can't help feeling like the Wii-U is a giant console version of the Nintendo DS. That being said, like the DS, I think there is, or was a lot of potential for the system, but said potential goes unused. Needs more advertising, and better games for the system, but sadly, right now, there is not much on offer.
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thehunters500
It's a good console but nintendo needs to advertise it more.
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Vectrexotron
The Nintendo Wii U is fairly different from it's competition, with graphics that aren't as complex as the PS4 and Xbox One, but still manages to deliver a much more refined Nintendo experience that nobody should pass up.
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As a certain 3DS title suggests, Nintendo is turning a new leaf with their consoles. They always seem to innovate, and that’s what they do best. However the real question is if the trade for graphics for an innovative controller worth it?

Going through stuff in the box will give you a perspective for what’s in store for your latest next gen purchase.

First, there is of course the tablet. The button layout is pretty nice and the controller fits pretty well in your hand. Non-tablet gamers will find this a struggle to get used to, being so large, but after about an hour of using it, it’s pretty much second nature. This will be your standard controller of play but you can still use your other Wii remotes for Wii U games for up to 5 players. A gripe I have, though, is that only one Wii U controller can be used (so far) for games. This is kind of disappointing because with multiple game tablets, split screen games will be non-existent.

Moving on to the console. The black version of the Wii U (the deluxe edition) is a moderate size. It’s bigger than a regular Wii and smaller than an Xbox 360. The system has 4 USB inputs and 2 SD card slots. It does have quite a lot of fans, and this is good since I had to replace my Wii twice because of overheating issues. The system itself as the premium version has 32GB of memory, and I personally recommend the extra $50 for the memory and the other features (see more below).

The Deluxe Bundle has a couple of extra things other than memory to sweeten the deal, but of course these aren’t really reasons to get the expansion. There are things like a gamepad charger, system stands and a gamepad cradle, which you won’t probably use as much as you think you will. The real deal breaker for me on getting the bundle was Nintendo Land, but that was just my personal preference.

So now that we’ve looked at the outside of the system, we’ll take a look at its built in functions. After doing a mandatory update that will seem like an eternity the console will start up. This will probably be your first introduction to clever gamepad use. The gamepad can show either your Miiverse menu (more on that later) or a familiar Wii-esque menu that shows your apps/ channels. It gives a good at home feeling to 3DS as well. Other channels include the shop channel, video channels like Netflix and Hulu, and video chat.

Most of the apps are, unfortunately, quite bland but Nintendo’s Miiverse is amazing, and dare I say up to standards with communities like that of Guild Wars 2 if not better.

The Community thrives on commenting and relating on all the games that you play, and even help with tips in game. You can befriend different Mii’s, save them and like their posts. This community is great and well filtered. However, expect some small stuff to get through. The community is friendly and extremely fun, but if you don’t know how to draw you will probably be intimidated by everyone else’s extreme talent, and feel the obligation to draw or write something memorable.

Despite all the innovations, the Wii U has many faults. Many developers. Being a new console, the system is expensive because of the new controller. I can understand this; however the lack of graphical polish leaves you wishing for just a noticeable difference. I’m not going to say graphics are the main priority, and they aren’t, but that isn’t an excuse to hide behind. Graphics are still needed in a console change. It also comes to your attention that the Wii U’s gamepad doesn’t have very good battery life, and this can be a problem as long play sessions will need the recharger close by. Also it pains me to see that third party developers don’t take use of the gamepad as they could. The only third parties that succeed in showing the gamepad’s innovative ways are Ubisoft and Warner Brothers. And to finish the main complaints, the loading times are brutal with about 30 seconds of waiting. The screen doesn’t even show progress and it makes you think that a glitch has occurred at some points. Nintendo has said that they will try to fix it, but for now we just have to be patient.

Thankfully, Nintendo still delivers the goods with this new console. The operating system works great and the games play well, and that’s what matters. Plus you can transfer all of your original Wii shop games on to the Wii U. The tablet is a dream to use. And the touch screen makes you feel like you are playing a more enhanced DS game. That friends, is a good thing. The games that understand the extreme pros of the gamepad are the more praised software launch titles. The networks are also great and apps like Nintendo TVii are a real way to show that consoles are not just for gaming anymore. There are also really cool things you can try out with your Wii U such as keeping the system in a backpack, plugging it into a power outlet and playing New Super Mario Bros U on the game tablet as you go on a train or airplane.

So wondering if the system is worth buying yet? To Nintendo fans waiting for another revolution, yes. It’s safe to say you spent your money well. For general audiences, it’s a great way to keep people entertained but it might be a little pricy for some being $350 for the deluxe edition. To gamers who want killer applications, wait about two months for Rayman Legends. The system is fun and you will find it hard to put down the controller. The system’s other functions just about cover for the lack of better graphics. All and all this system will not leave you disappointed.

The Wii U has had a good start — now let’s see what happens!