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Veteran Member - Level 11
It was mid-November 2012 when Nintendo beat Microsoft and
Sony in the "who is going to release their next console first" race. Whether
anybody knew or cared that Nintendo was even running in the race is an inconsequential
detail. For someone who has owned every Nintendo console since the Nintendo
Entertainment System (NES) debuted in the fall of 1985 (and there have been a
handful of them), I've never really experienced the same level of excitement or
commitment with the release of the latest Nintendo console that I do with the
others. However, it does seem inevitable that I will eventually acquire one, as
was the case with the Wii U.
The Wii U was a Christmas gift which tells you the exact day
it moved into to the entertainment center community occupying the real estate
below my TV. And with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as neighbors, it did seem
like it was the new kid on the block trying to keep up despite being the newer
system. It's kind of like you buying a new sports car...a red one even...and you're
out washing it in the driveway one sunny, warm Saturday morning. Your
neighbor's automatic garage door opens with a grinding and whirring sound, and
then out comes an old classic muscle car, with a deep rumbling of the exhaust
hinting at the raw horsepower just ready and waiting to melt the tires with a
press of the accelerator. The driver
nods and waves, friendly enough, before speeding away...and in that instant, you
know he's thinking, "I could so take him." And he knows you're thinking the
same thing too.
Alas, we're talking video games though and even though the
Wii U is the newest console, and knows that it might not be able to keep up
with the older Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, it's still going to be put through
the paces by its current owners. When I bought the Wii U, I got one game with
it. Not because that's all I wanted or could afford at the time, but because
that's all I saw that interested me. The game was none other than...
New Super Mario Bros.
The New Super Mario Bros. U is your traditional Mario game.
That's not to say it's not a fun game...it's entertaining enough. Some of the
levels and challenges are quite clever - certainly not on the magnitude of
Donkey Kong Country Returns, but definitely more than adequate. It has plenty
of new and innovative features and map designs, but enough throw back content
you can't help but reminisce about the original. I was particularly fond of the
Run For It level which has
you sprinting through the map as fast as you can, hitting POW after POW to keep
the platforms you need to use to progress through the level on from turning
back into coins.
I have finished each of the 8 worlds now with 3 stars and am
now chugging through the bonus level, which I hope to have knocked out in the
next day or so. When this happens, and it will happen, I won't have any other
game to play on the Wii U...which will obviously result in it being that house on
the street with the unkempt lawn and newspapers stacking up on the front porch.
I've looked at Game Stop and other places for a potential
successor to the game I am playing on the Wii U, and after having looked at the
list of available games, it's bleak. The thought process while browsing the
shelves in any given Game Stop about what to play now goes something like this...
Call of Duty: Black
Ops II - Hmm. I heard you were good...even one of the best games on the Wii U
and best versions of Black Ops II...but I already have you on the Xbox 360. I've
beaten your single player campaign...I'll get back to you.
Assassin's Creed III
- Well, maybe. I never finished the first; I never tried the second...so I
don't know if moving on to the thirds is a good idea. It's not you, it's me.
Mass Effect 3 -
You are indeed a great game...but I already have you for PS3, and if I did want
to play you again, it would be on a system that looks the best.
ZombiU - You know
I've picked you up a couple times now and read the back of your box on more
than one occasion. I even started to
approach the register with you in hand, but turned back. Sure, some people sing
your praises, but I've heard a couple bad things about you from others too.
You're kind of a risk. I haven't ruled you out yet though.
Rabbids Land - I
see you looking at me...but I'm not picking you up. Okay, maybe just for a
second. I'll at least look at the back of your box just because you all are so
dang cute. But I already know I'm not going to buy you. No offense.
Sing Party - Hah
Hah...um, no. Not only no, but...no.
Transformers: Prime The
Game - Hmm, maybe. I heard good things about you from your neighbors. I
suppose if I can't find anything else, but you're not my first pick. Sorry.
Batman: Arkham City
Armoured Edition - Once was enough...more than enough. (Take that, Dean!)
007 Legends -
Hmm...I don't recall hearing too much about you. Let's see what Game Informer had
to say about you. Give me just a second.
(Whips out phone and navigates to Game Informer
Online...searches on review)
"A mess of a title
that's uninspired at best and nearly broken at worst...truly awful..."
Wait, what? You don't talk to your video games when you're
looking at them in the store?
Jeapordy, Wheel of
Fortune, Funky Barn, Family Party - No, No, No and heck no!
FIFA 13, NBA 2K13,
ESPN Sports Connection, Madden NFL13 - Sorry fellas, I'm allergic to sports
Darksiders II -
Well now, what do we have here? I've heard you are a particularly brutal game
that sends even the most seasoned gamers running in fear and crying for mercy.
If that is true, which I tend to believe it is, I'm concerned the Wii U
controls might be an obstacle. I will think about it and get back to you.
It's at about this point where I get frustrated, shaking my
fist at Nintendo in silent protest. There is one, maybe two games I "might" be
interested in. This coming from the first of the next generation console line
Where is Star Fox?
Where is Donkey Kong?
Where is Zelda?
Where is Pikmin?
Where is Smash Brothers?
Where is F-Zero?
Where is Metroid?
Heck, I'd even take a Kirby game at this point, but I'd
rather have a Punch Out, Duck Hunt or Excitebike.
Now, I know many of these games are in the works and on the
way. Some of them I'm very excited for and will play them when they do finally
release. But as of today, right now, and for the near future...these games are
not available. And so, my Wii U becomes a paperweight; a shiny object on my TV
stand that looks pretty but does nothing else but collect dust.
I don't regret the purchase, because as I mentioned in the
introduction - it was inevitable. But my curiosity with the system is quickly
morphing into disappointment. I'm looking at my brand new red sports car and
longing for my neighbor's old but still very capable muscle car. Come on
Nintendo, get with the program.
Will you please make some better and some more games for the