As the title says, I think the Wii U is a great console! I'm wondering why so many seems to love hating the Wii U. I know that the Wii U has it's share of faults, but do those faults warrant the amount of hate it's getting?
As I see it, the biggest drawbacks of the system are:
- It's not being marketed correctly. It's a next gen console, but comes off as a "Wii expansion" to casual gamers. Just today I overheard a woman in the store, planning to buy a console for her son. She was talking to her friend, discussing what console to get. She eventually decided on the PS3, because according to her friend, the Wii has bad graphics and is outdated. The Wii U didn't even come up during the conversation.
- It's losing third party support because it's costly for companies to rewrite their games for the Wii U's architecture, and it doesn't have the player base to justify that cost yet.
- For some reason, Nintendo still hasn't made a persistent account-service yet. I'm not going to buy games on the e-shop if I risk losing them if something happens to my console.
- Nintendo is being way too slow in releasing their core franchises, and should've had more of them ready at launch.
Some other complaints that other people have:
- The graphics suck. Well, I don't really agree with that. The Wii U can sport some pretty great graphics if games are developed for the system instead of just ported over. Just take a look at Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World or "X". Additionally, if graphics are are your main concern, the only real option is a gaming PC.
- It's not a "next gen" system. This is probably the most stupid complaint. Of course it's a next gen system, it's the successor to the Wii, Nintendo's last gen system. Many people only use the term to refer to next generation graphics. In that regard I'd say none of the new consoles satisfy that claim. It's just stupid to focus strictly on graphics on consoles that feature mostly 720p, with select games managing 1080p.
- It doesn't have achievements/trophies. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. For the last 4 years I have been hunting trophies on the PS3. I enjoy getting rewarded for playing games, even though I know that the rewards mean nothing. At least I think I do. After playing the Wii U for a while, I actually don't miss the trophies. No more getting a pop-up trophy every time I complete a mission in a game. Now, if I feel I've accomplished something, I'll simply press the Home-button to take a screenshot, hop into Miiverse and post it there for my friends and everyone else to see. It's so much more personal than regular trophies! Trophies can be a double-edged sword. I started out loving Tekken Tag 2, but I honestly hated it by the time I was done getting all the trophies. All for a stupid Platinum-trophy that even my friends will never notice.
So, here's my favorite part: what I love about the Wii U:
- The games! Oh my god, it's been a long time since I've had so much fun playing games! Don't get me wrong, I love me some Uncharted, God of War and Red Dead Redemption, but even those games can't compare to the sheer fun that Nintendo manages to squeeze out of seemingly simple concepts. Right now the Wii U has a much stronger library than both the Xbox One and PS4, and favorites like Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros and Donkey Kong are coming soon. With other unconfirmed games like Zelda and Metroid sure to be coming in the near future, it's safe to say that there will be some great games there to sell the system. And when the system starts to sell, it becomes attractive for third party developers, which results in even more great games.
- The gamepad! Why does everyone think this is just a gimmick? There's a reason why Sony is copying the concept with their PS4+Vita, and Microsoft is going for tablet integration with Xbox. It works! Instead of having menus clutter the TV, they can be easily accessed on the gamepad! If I want to, I can take my game with me to bed before I go to sleep! Also, the gamepad is really comfortable to hold!
- The internet browser is actually very nice, and allows me to stream Youtube to my TV while browsing other sites at the same time on the gamepad.
- Local multiplayer. If you want to have some casual fun playing local multiplayer, there is no competition. There's no chance I'll get my girlfriend to play Borderlands with me, but she absolutely loves playing some Wii Sports Club or any Mario-themed game. She's even showing interest in other games now, so you may call it a gateway drug!
- An exciting/uncertain future. What do I mean by that? Well, right now it's clear that Nintendo needs to do something big to save their home console. They have taken one step in the right direction by linking e-shop purchases on the Wii U and 3DS. They are also working on a new IP, which is always exciting when talking about Nintendo. The Wii U's future is pretty much uncertain though, and that makes it exciting. Things will happen on the Wii U-front, and the console can only get better!
My original plan was to buy a PS4 at launch, but I got bored and bought the Wii U strictly out of morbid curiosity. Now, I wholeheartedly think that the Wii U is a great console, and it will probably be my main console this generation. My thirst for a "next gen" console has been quenched, and I won't be getting a PS4 before a price drop and Uncharted 4.
Thank you for reading my wall of thoughts! :)