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Wii U console review



Is the Wii U worth buying? The Games Guru’s Wii U review has the scoop on this new video game console from Nintendo.

Think of the new Wii U as a ginormous DS. The TV is your top screen, and the touchscreen controller is your interactive bottom screen.

WII U

Graphics: 8.8
Sounds: 8.0
GamePad: 7.5
Ease of Use: 7.5
Overall Score: 7.8

Pros: Games in HD; GamePad can play games without using TV; plays Wii games, too.

Cons: Heavy GamePad is hard to learn and needs constant recharging. Games have long load times. Promised online apps aren’t there on launch day.

Cool, right? Well, sometimes. There’s one thing you should know about Nintendo’s brand-new Wii U: It’s definitely not as easy to use as the Wii.

When the Wii hit in 2006, the world took notice. Everyone played: You, your brothers, sisters, mother, father, even your grandparents. That’s why Nintendo was able to sell nearly 100 million consoles around the world.

But the Wii U is different. Say you pick up the Wii U and play a game without checking out the tutorials. My guess is that you won’t be able to figure it out. I couldn’t. There are so many buttons on the controller, it can be confounding.

Does that mean you shouldn’t buy the Wii U?

No, not at all. It’s a pretty decent machine.

WHAT MAKES IT COOL

You’ll see your games in HD. The processor is faster, so you’ll enjoy graphically beautiful games without the constant jaggies of the Wii. It can play your old Wii games, too.

And there’s more. It connects to the Internet much more easily than the Wii (although all the apps weren’t there on launch day).

You can take snapshots of the game you’re playing. In the MiiVerse application, you can show off the shots you’ve taken to the world.

The Wii U comes with an iPad-like controller called a GamePad. It lets you play games on it if someone — like your parents — wants to use the family TV.

GAMEPAD LOWDOWN

The GamePad, even though it has nice-sounding speakers, is the thing I have some issues with. The six-inch touchscreen is fun to fling, say, ninja weapons with your finger. And its gyroscope lets you race by tilting the controller.

But it also has a ton of buttons for you to get used to. And it’s pretty heavy. In some games, you have to move the GamePad around a lot, sometimes over your head as a shield. If you used the Wiimote and your arms hurt sometimes, this is going to be worse.

And, after a week of playing around with it, I’m still not exactly sure how to use it. Yet I understand it more than when I first played with it because of one particular game.

A LITTLE HELP

Nintendo Land, a virtual amusement park full of mini games, helps you comprehend the Wii U’s many intricacies. And some of the games are very good (but some aren’t).

In it, there’s a fun robot that gives you humorous tutorials. You’ll find out when to use the triggers on the GamePad, when to press the buttons and triggers, and when and how to use the touchscreen.

Think of the GamePad as a kind of Swiss Army Knife. It has a lot of tools, some of which you’ll not use. But if you familiarize yourself with everything it offers, you’ll have a leg up.

The GamePad itself gives you an advantage over players who are using the Wiimote or other controllers in co-op play. For example, you’ll see the direction from which enemies are coming — even when they’re not on screen. But the folks you’re playing with won’t.

All said, the Wii U takes some getting used to. You want it to be an easier experience, especially with the more complex games. And yet you’re happy to have a new console, one that showcases your favorite Nintendo characters in high def and one you can play without the TV on, possibly in your room. You’ll be rewarded by putting in the time to learn — even though it’s kind of a pain.2

THE BEST WII U GAMES

Nintendo Land (Nintendo)

A must have! This isn’t essential simply because of the many mini games. Robot Monita teaches you how to use the GamePad, which is invaluable. The most intriguing games are the single-player offerings, like the fast-paced Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and Captain Falcon’s Twister Race. Play enough and you’ll become a Nintendo Land master. And you’ll build up your amusement park from nothing, too.

 

Scribblenauts Unlimited U (WBIE)
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older

Maxwell goes to the city to help heal Lily, his twin sister. You’ll think hard and then you’ll laugh hard when you come up with creative solutions to puzzles. You’ll also make some really weird things with the object editor. Scribblenauts Unlimited offers some really quirky fun with the bonus of collecting Starites. But don’t expect every word you type in to work.

 

New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)

This is an insanely challenging game, so don’t get discouraged. It’s also one with which you don’t have to be too concerned with the intricacies of the GamePad. Yes, you’re still trying to save the abducted Princess. But since the levels are so lovingly (and deviously) designed, you’ll keep going back for more … to win.

 

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney)

Former Scout Warren Spector saved the best version of Mickey for the Wii U. The latest grand adventure with Mickey and Oswald is graphically intense with a heroic story. The bonus? Lots of funny songs. At first, the GamePad is a little confusing. Be careful jumping, too, as the ledge might be father away than you expected. But once you get the hang of things, it can be real fun. And there are no camera-angle issues this time.

 

Rabbids Land (UbiSoft)
Rated E10+

In a kind of Mario Party for the Wii U, the Rabbids irreverently take over a wacky amusement park. Here, the GamePad is useful in winning elegantly designed (and super funny) mini games you play to get trophies. Then try to get to the center of the board for the win. It’s ingenious stuff that’s best played with friends.

 

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
Rated E10+

Think of it as Sonic meets Mario Kart — with Danica Patrick as a special character. With locations based on Sega games like Super Monkey Ball and Nights Into Dreams, you’ll find racing familiar and enjoyable. Race as your Mii, too. And when your vehicle transforms going from land to water, it’s definitely a “wow” moment. You just want to keep playing, either online or off. Definitely check out the Monkey Ball mini game.

 

Do you own a Wii U? Write your own Wii U review in the comment section below!

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Comments about “Wii U console review”

  1. :( says:

    I lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:( :( :( :(

  2. gidofter says:

    the wii u is WAY better than the wii

  3. jklo says:

    why get it if u have a wii

    • mezmolover01 says:

      Because Wii U is not like Wii. It may support Wiimotes, nunchucks, or other Wii controllers, but Wii U is more. Now, games are crisper, brighter, and are in 1080p HD*! The Wii U Gamepad is a nifty universal TV remote for watching TV on Wii U. Friend codes are replaced with Nintendo Network ID’s. Video chat, fast internet**, Miiverse, etc. There are many reasons why to buy it!

      *Excludes Wii games

      **This depends on your internet speed and traffic volume

  4. h h h h h says:

    f.y.i it is $250 or $350 i forget

  5. ownimawesome says:

    has any 1 won teh contest yet?

  6. jason says:

    i realy wish i had a wii

  7. Mario says:

    Instead of $300,it’s $200!!!!!

  8. jediewok6613 says:

    I want a Wii U. The controller is awesome! :)

  9. mike says:

    I want it so bad

  10. Mj ROCKS says:

    Can a Wii play Wii u games?

  11. Boyscoutguy says:

    the wii u gamepad is barely heavier than the xbox 360 controller so you would have no trouble using it as a shield. I hope I win the wii u too!

  12. me says:

    Too bad reviews are bad from everyone else.

  13. bumba says:

    I want it!

  14. AttackZach says:

    I want it so badly!!!!

  15. nintendude says:

    They’re selling out quickly, though. One shipment sold out thirty min. after it arrived!

  16. Juice says:

    How much is it?

    • mezmolover01 says:

      There are two types. the first one is the Basic set which has only 8gb of internal storage and is white. It costs $299.99. Then there is the Delux set which has 32gb of internal storage. It has Nintendo Land, it’s black, and it has overall more. Plus the Digital Delux promotion, which I’ll not really give out details(but they were revealed). The Delux set costs $349.99.

      • The Game Master says:

        The deluxe version is better. It comes with Nintendo Land and more gigabytes. For only ($50) fifty dollars more! You are making up most of the price with just the accesories you get!

    • Kirby says:

      The basic is $300 the deluxe is $350.

  17. spongebob says:

    i really want for christmas i have an old wii

  18. spongebobsquarepants says:

    i want to win one:)

  19. ziwhtam1 says:

    I entered for a Wii U and I hope I will win because i really want one.

  20. 123456789acdc says:

    The Wii U is OK but just wait to see how great the Xbox 720 is going to be next year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. RAY MAN says:

    I WANT IT SO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. wow we 05 says:

    this is WASTE OF MY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I LIKE SUPER MARIO BROS AND RABBIDS LAND IS MY MOST COOL DESIGSON. AND I AM A MARIO AND SONIC BIG FAN!!!!

  23. apple said what says:

    the wiiu is so so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! with rabbids land

  24. aa60665 says:

    I really want a Wii U because it has EPIC games.

  25. Joney (not my real name) says:

    The WII U is awesome.

  26. Timothy says:

    The pro controller is beautiful looking also for hard core cod guys

  27. Timothy says:

    His review was harsh. This is the future, behind ps3/xbox yes but a innovative idea. I love it!!!!!

  28. James says:

    I’m entering the contest on this very website to win one!!!

  29. nic12 says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this..

  30. AaronAlert77 says:

    I was goimg to ask for a Wii U this Christmas, but I decided on the Xbox 360 because I have always wanted one and all of my friends have one. But don’t het me wrong, the Wii U is frikin awesome!

  31. Aosc2 says:

    I want one SO badly.
    Tip: Don’t buy 8GB version. I’ve heard just setting up takes 5GBs… Get the more GBs version.

  32. Game Critic 101 says:

    I love the Wii U. Want one so badly it hurts.

  33. Collio says:

    Wii U ROCKS Yo

  34. bobo says:

    I like wii u

  35. wii u and transformer lover says:

    i want the wii u so badly that i would give away my games

  36. Papa wario says:

    Great review, however, I have played the wii U, and the gamepad is pretty light, I didn’t think there were so many buttons, and is new super mario bros. U that challenging? Well, I’ve played almost every mario game, so I’ve had practice….

  37. Gnat1 says:

    Saving money for this…

  38. fossil master says:

    I WANT ONE

  39. king dedede says:

    It makes sense that they have Wreck-it Ralph in that Sonic racing game (Sonic was in the movie) but why Danica Patrick? Why not Dale Earnhardt or Kasey Kahne?

  40. Da man says:

    to exspensive. makes this oppertunity great

  41. Potato says:

    Sorry for the long previous comment but I had to say something because I thought the Games Guru was wrong on this one. Way to much negative!

  42. Potato says:

    I think the Wii U is Nintendo’s shot at being for everyone and for gamers. They were on top when they released the wii because it was the first console for all people. Then Microsoft and Sony released there versions of the wii (kinect, ect.) and the Wii fell behind. It had poorer graphics, more lag, and wasn’t for actual gamers (like me). Now the Wii U has better graphics (as good as PS3 & XBOX 360), almost no lag, and can play games for gamers like CoD. I don’t think the game pad is for those who haven’t played a lot of video games (like your grand parents), And it’s not heavy at all (you said the wii remotes made you tired?). Anyway to sum it up the Wii U is a good buy at $299.99 since you can play online for free, it has the capability of 5 player instead of 4, it plays old wii games, it is HD, almost no lag, has the touch screen game pad (which is not heavy) and over all is just plain cool!

    • Mezmolover01 says:

      I agree with all you said except the Wii falling behing the PS3 and 360. The Wii sold more consoles than the Xbox 360 and PS3 COMBINED!

  43. applesauce says:

    i don’t have the wii u but i need it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Mario says:

    Sounds fun. new Super mario bro’s U would be my choce. I have new super mario bro’s wii and DS.they’re both fun and i’m good at both.

  45. Will b says:

    I have one on my Christmas list! This makes me want it more!

  46. hog1051 says:

    Awsome!!!

  47. twix bar says:

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Derpfish says:

    I also heard that “Lego City: Undercover” was a really good game, too. :D

  49. mezmolover01 says:

    Wow. I have to disagree with one of the things you said, Games Geru. The Gamepad is NOT heavy. When I first tried it out at Nintendo World store in New York, It felt light and comfortable. But the rest if fine.;)

  50. daddy-o 16 says:

    2 words:WiiU’s AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They even havea PLAYABLE display at GameStop!

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