Should I Get a Wii U?

The topic of this blog is right in the title. With Nintendo announcing a price drop for the Wii U and a bundle with a pack in game I actually want to play (I've never cared about Nintendoland), I think the time might be right to drop the cash for a Wii U. However, I have reservations and here's why.

Back in the mid 90s, when the Nintendo 64 came out, I got it near it's launch (I think it was a month or so after the release date). I got it with one controller and Super Mario 64. While I loved the hell out of that game (still my favorite Mario game), I had nothing to play after I had finished that. Mortal Kombat Trilogy was terrible, I had no interest in Pilotwings 64, and Cruis'n USA wasn't good enough to buy. After Mario Kart 64 didn't blow me away (I like it more now), I decided to trade someone my N64 and Super Mario 64 for a Sega Genesis with two six button controllers and 12 games, most still in their cases. Best trade ever. I also decided from there on out to not get consoles at launch and to instill some rules before a buy a new console. These rules are as follows:

  • Console must be out for a year
  • There must be at least 10 games I want to play.
  • These 10 games must be exclusive to the console or have something about it that makes it the noticeable superior version.

I've used these rules ever since the N64 and I rarely deviate from them. So with this in mind, does the Wii U pass these rules I've made? Well, kinda. The price drop happens on September 20th. The Wii U was released on November 18th last year. So it's just short of the year mark. As for the 10 games, here's a list of games I'm interested in for the Wii U:

  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • Chasing Aurora
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Pikmin 3
  • Earthbound (considering the rarity of this game on the SNES, it counts)

Obviously, that's not 10 games but that's just the games out right now. If you take into account the games that are going to be coming out by the end of the year then that list grows:

  • Rayman Legends (the touch pad and extra content makes it worth it to me)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Sonic Lost World
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Now, that's 10 games and there are also a few games that I'm just not sure about like New Super Luigi U, Pokemon Rumble U, and The Wonderful 101. Not to mention what's coming out next year.

So with the console being 300 dollars and I'll probably be able to pick up two or three other games and according to my rules, should I pick up a Wii U? Another thing to bring up is I am the managing editor for a small gaming website called Gaming Precision so I could also say that it would help me in my work. Should I pick up the Wii U on the promise of the upcoming games of this year and further on or should I wait?

32 Comments
32 Comments
Edited by Hailinel

If there are enough games out now and in the future that you feel make the purchase worth it, go ahead.

Posted by WMoyer83

Do not forget Bayonetta 2. I would say yes, I believe the Wii U will be worth owning.

Edited by Missacre

Yes, I'd say you should get it. This next year is gonna be full of great games for the Wii U. It's gonna be well worth it in the coming months.

Edited by Quantris

Not clear from your post whether you've played Wind Waker before or not. If the answer is no, then you should definitely get that bundle! Also Monster Hunter is not to be overlooked especially if (like me) you didn't play the Wii version.

Posted by bigjeffrey

Yes

Posted by NMC2008

I would say you shouldn't but instead I will ask you to look it over, look at it's current and future games and see if you can find 10 you're interested in, 10 that are 100% Nintendo exclusive, if you find those then I say buy it, if not, then I say hold off until you can find those 10.. I bought a Wii U blinded by Bayonetta 2 and now I have this bad feeling that by the time it releases my hype meter will be at empty. I bought a Wii U at launch like a sucka and regret it to this day.

Posted by davidwitten22

You didn't like the N64? Then why the hell do you think you are going to like the Wii U?

[Note: Massive Nintendo 64 fanboy here[

Posted by spankingaddict

Go for it . I like my WiiU .

Posted by DarthOrange

I love my Wii U. Check out this video of exclusives. The only big ones it is missing that are out are ZombiU and Game & Wario. It is also missing some future ones like Yarn Yoshi and Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem but other than that it is a pretty comprehensive list.

Do 10 of these seem interesting to you? If so jump on it. If not then skip it.

Posted by DarthOrange


Now, that's 10 games and there are also a few games that I'm just not sure about like New Super Luigi U, Pokemon Rumble U, and The Wonderful 101. Not to mention what's coming out next year.

New Super Luigi U is my favorite 2D Mario game. Whatever you do, don't use a guide. It is honestly more of a puzzle game than a platformer and finding all the coins and looking for all the secret exits is a big part of the fun.

Pokemon Rumble U is a fairly mindless button masher that is fun in short bursts based on what I have played so far.

Based on the demo, The Wonderful 101 is great after you get used to the controls, which will take a while. Check out the demo first and see what play style you like more (drawing with the touch screen or with the right stick) and if this game is for you.

Posted by Jeust

Should I pick up the Wii U on the promise of the upcoming games of this year and further on or should I wait?

If you are a fan of Nintendo's first party games go for it! If not, unless you are willing to shell out money for the PS4 or Xbox One, don't do it. Because in the Wii U what you can count for sure is with the first party games, as third party support has been at best unrealiable.

Edited by Hunter5024

10 exclusive games seems like a whole lot to expect before you buy a system. Isn't it better to just play them as they come out?

Edited by Mark

I just got mine. I don't know if the price cut happened for you a few weeks back, but the $200 for the white one feels like a steal. I've spent 300 in total on it, Nintendo Land, Zombiu and New Super Mario U. It's a really fun system, I've picked up a few digital SNES games as well. For me, the new hardware was what I really wanted and to just have it for when Smash Bros comes out along with whatever else peaks my fancy.

I'd recommend it!.. I don't think you'll trade it for a dreamcast.

Edited by BoOzak

I'd say wait for a sale, the price cut isnt that significant and most of those games dont have that much replay value which seems to be the crux of your dilemma.

If you have any interest in JRPGs or fighting games "X" is supposedly coming out next year as well as Bayonetta 2 and the new Smash Bros which should all occupy a lot of your time.

Personally i'd buy the console just for Bayonetta 2. Maby you should wait for a game you're really excited about.

Posted by redyoshi

I love my Wii U. Check out this video of exclusives. The only big ones it is missing that are out are ZombiU and Game & Wario. It is also missing some future ones like Yarn Yoshi and Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem but other than that it is a pretty comprehensive list.

Do 10 of these seem interesting to you? If so jump on it. If not then skip it.

For some reason I was under the impression that this would be out on the 3DS as well. I was already on the fence because of the WW bundle and Bayo 2 in the future, but seeing that SMTxFF is a console exclusive just pushed me right over. I guess I'll be picking up a Wii U and Wonderful 101 in a few weeks.

Edited by GunstarRed

I still don't know. The Wonderful 101 and Rayman are amazing and Pikmin is cool if that's your thing, but I'm not convinced there is a whole lot of reasons to buy the system yet. I got one because it had £100 knocked off the asking price and I'm really glad I got to play 101/Rayman and Sonic and Zelda coming out very, very soon is cool, but beyond the Nintendo titles in November and December and Smash/Bayonetta next year I really do question what the life of that machine is.

Posted by Sergio

I actually plan to get one once the Windwaker HD bundle is out too. Which is crazy, since I'll also be getting a PS4 at launch and not the Xbox One.

Posted by TheMathlete

I preorder the Windwaker bundle earlier during the day... and decided to give up my PS4 preorder for it. I told myself that if I am going to pick up a Wii U this year, I have to wait until next year (most likely during the summer or maybe a little after) to get a PS4.

The Wii U seems to have a few things out already that I want to play. Windwaker HD, Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (even though I already own the 3ds version). Plus there are quite a few games coming out before the end of the year and next year that I'm looking forward to: The Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong, Bayonetta 2, "X," and Smash Bros. I think it's a great time to pick up a Wii U.

Edited by TheMathlete

@darthorange: how could I forget "Yarn Yoshi" and SMT X Fire Emblem.

Posted by MonkeyKing1969

Posted by Scullinator

This $300 Zelda bundle really makes me think about buying a WiiU. I dont really play my 360 much anymore. I have not seen any new titles to make me want to drop money on a new system (PS4 or Xbox1). I spend the most time playing my 3DS. Games like Mario and Luigi Dream Team and Animal Crossing. Its like the older I get the more I just want to play games that give me some nostalgia like the classic nintendo characters.

Posted by TwinkleTwinkle

I bought my Wii U around its release and have been pretty happy with it, but I went in knowing it would be my secondary games console. I had fun playing New Super Mario Bros U and even greater fun playing New Super Luigi U (The clearly better game). I also had a fantastic time playing through Pikmin 3 and Little Inferno, other than that I'm just waiting for the future games. I am confident that as long as Mario Kart is good I'll be a happy guy,

Edited by Aegon

I feel like $250 with one or two free games plus the promise of more games coming out that I'd want to play would be the point at which I might bite.

Edited by tsutohiro

So with the console being 300 dollars and I'll probably be able to pick up two or three other games and according to my rules, should I pick up a Wii U?

If these are the rules, then yes. None of those games appeal to me, but to each their own, so go for it.

Posted by geirr

Games and old graphics aside, the WiiU has a lot of annoying cords. I hate cords! >:O

Posted by TheHT

I kinda suddenly want a Wii U. It's just wanting to play another Smash Bros that started the feeling, and the new Mario game looks great.

Beyond that, I can't think of anything though.

Posted by DarthOrange

@geirr said:

Games and old graphics aside, the WiiU has a lot of annoying cords. I hate cords! >:O

Oh god this. I have a harddrive attached to mine too that has it's own power cable making even more cables!

Posted by jayjonesjunior

If you got the cash to spare.

Posted by crusader8463

No.

Posted by Hailinel

@geirr said:

Games and old graphics aside, the WiiU has a lot of annoying cords. I hate cords! >:O

Oh god this. I have a harddrive attached to mine too that has it's own power cable making even more cables!

Eh, I have one too, and it's not that bad. The only extraneous cable is the one for the Gamepad charger, but it's hardly what I'd call obtrusive, either. Certainly no more than the times I've played my PS3 with a cable plugged into the controller.

Posted by DarthOrange

@hailinel said:

@darthorange said:

@geirr said:

Games and old graphics aside, the WiiU has a lot of annoying cords. I hate cords! >:O

Oh god this. I have a harddrive attached to mine too that has it's own power cable making even more cables!

Eh, I have one too, and it's not that bad. The only extraneous cable is the one for the Gamepad charger, but it's hardly what I'd call obtrusive, either. Certainly no more than the times I've played my PS3 with a cable plugged into the controller.

I'm just talking about the initial setting up of the cables. My launch Wii U had the blinking blue light so setting up all the cables neatly then learning it is bricked and you have to put it all away and do it again with a new system sucks. I would not wish it on my enemies.

Once it is done you don't even think about it anymore.

Posted by kayjewelers

I like it a lot!

A couple of weeks ago Target was offering the windwaker bundle for 300$ with a $25 dollar gift card, so I ended up spending $400 to get the console, Windwaker HD, Mario 3D World, Rayman Legends, and ZombiU. Not a bad deal if you ask me!

Installed it last night and haven't actually gotten to playing any games but have found the whole mii creation miiverse integration stuff pretty fun. Like most people have pointed out, get the console if and only if you love the Nintendo exclusives. I would just add that it's a great deal if you have another platform to play the big games on (I have a 360 but will probably invest in a new console next holiday season).