The lights are on
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
I mean, sure, this is a valid point-but with multiple third party exclusives coming out soon, as well as Pikmin 3, I don't see this as being a bad launch window. Look at the PS3 launch line up: Resistance, Call of Duty 3, Ridge Racer, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and several sports games-Wii U has had a much better line up.
Plus, 360 didn't have Halo, or Gears, or any real super major exclusive at the beginning. Pikmin is mere months away, Zelda's development has been confirmed, with the last one not eve coming out two years ago, mind you, and there's also the rumored Retro Studios title.
While my Wii U may also not being used tons, I think that it has had a strong launch line up, offering many AAA third party games that many other consoles haven't had-I think people would prefer BOII and Darksiders II over Ridge Racer and a plethora of sports games.
You forgot Tekken Tag Tournament 2! That game is awesome! Also, with Pikmin 3 on the horizon and Super Smash Bros. 4 in the works, the Wii U's lineup will start to blossom soon enough.
I love the fact that I can get my Dynasty Warriors fix on the Wii U since on PS3 it's only digital and I don't believe in digital. Physical only(for the most part).
I'm in the same position as you are Saint. I managed to get one during launch week and once I quickly 100% completed Mario my Wii U has just been sitting there. There were some good games at launch, but yeah like you said by having a 360 and PS3 the only great game at launch was Mario. I was really excited for Rayman and had it pre-ordered but now that's gone.
The Monster Hunter 3 port and Lego City Undercover are the two games for March but I'm not excited for either of them. The game I'm most looking forward to in the immediate future is the final original Wii game Pandora's Tower, but that doesn't have a date yet. I know cool stuff is coming eventually with The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 but those are far away.
I'm really excited for the long term prospects of 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Yoshi, Bayonetta 2, both Zeldas, Smash Bros, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and X but none of those are helping the current situation. Hopefully Thursday's Nintendo Direct will be significant, but I'm expecting more 3DS announcements than Wii U games.
I agree with you Saint. I am planning on getting a Wii U, but it needs some games. However, further down the road things are looking up. Pikmin 3, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Wind Waker HD, and eventually, Rayman Legends. It should turn out to have a decent game library by the end of the year.
I'll be purchasing a Wii U in the coming weeks after the ZombiU + Pro Controller bundle is released. Lack of games be damned!
I was worried about the same thing but the last Nintendo Direct calmed my nerves. Plenty of great 1st and 3rd party games coming the Wii U's way. There are even a handful coming out before summer that are noteworthy. This is why I'm waiting on it though, the launch titles didn't really interest me a whole lot but the future does.
There was a time when I was a huge Nintendo fanboy. I even argued with my friends when they said the PlayStation was superior to the N64. But Nintendo has always played 3rd fiddle since the GameCube days. I, too, have owned every Nintendo console through the years. I'll probably end up buying this eventually, but so far I haven't been seduced by this system, and it may take a serious price drop to make that happen.
I've been very intrigued by the WiiU's launch line-up with its "hard core" games as ports featured in order to highlight the console as a console for "serious gamers." However, such gamers already own those games on other systems. I am curious whether or not the more "casual gamers" who owned only Wii's will pick up a WiiU and play the "serious games" or if such gamers are even aware of the WiiU. Sure, most new consoles have itty bitty game libraries. But if the most anticipated WiiU games mentioned by many other commenters above aren't released in the next few months Nintendo will have squandered its yearlong headstart in the next console generation.
I'm a little taken back at how few games the Wii U has to lure me with right now. That LEGO game looks fantastic, but I can't justify a $300+ console purchase for one game, even if it looks like something my wife and I would both play the heck out of.
Yeah, I can't bring myself to get a Wii U. While the launch was impressive in terms of number of quality games available for the system, they might as well have advertised the launch as "Also brought to you by Sony and Microsoft." I don't see a point in owning a system where the only games that interest me are ones that are also available on consoles I already own.
This is exactly why I've picked up the system and then put it back on the shelf more than a few times...
Next year maybe!
There's a new Monster Hunter coming for the Wii U that looked really interesting to me. Don't know if you've seen it or if that's you're kinda thing... but, maybe worth a shot?
There's a few things that bother me about the Wii U, but one of them is related to a story I saw on Kotaku about how a kid lost $400 worth of game downloads on a defective Wii U, and Nintendo was only willing to refund him $200. And their policy of linking your account to one Wii U and that's it. That just seems stubborn and ignorant to me.
The wii was the only nes system I never owned possibly the worst system ever In my opinion. I really want to get back into Nintendo and get a wii u but I really don't have any reason to pickup one. Owing both a ps3and Xbox and eventually the new ps4 and Xbox coming out I can't justify spending all that money on the wii u.
The Wii U definitely needs more games. Other then The New Super Mario Bros, and the upcoming Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, I'm not really interested in anything that isn't coming to 360, or PS3. Even Rayman Legends was delayed to be released on other consoles.