Nintendo WII U - Modern HD Gaming Console (Part 5)

4/25/2013 3:11:01 PM


With 23 games to pick up and many more in the near future, the Wii U appear at the retail with a vast number of games. Of course, only a small number of these 23 games are worth $60 - and we have a few suggestions.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Mario Wins

Mario Wins

Obvious? Right. Interesting? Yes. The New Super Mario Bros. U is Mario’s first big HD blockbuster, and he looks incredible, as well as Browser’s balloons and Yoshi's big stupid face. In addition to being great exhibitions for your new console, NSMBU is an excellent Mario game. It's not an innovatively outstanding series such as Super Mario World (SNES game) or Super Mario 64 (N64 game), but it's better than NSMB games recently (we're looking at him there, New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS).

Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land

If you're wondering what is the Wii U’s Wii Sports, it is Nintendo Land: the game serves as a great illustration for many unique functions of the controller, and offers a preview of other creative ideas that will definitely flourish in the coming years. More importantly, Nintendo Land helps prove that the GamePad is more than a mixture of functional heritages and what a tablet is emerging – the sensor tilt shines in Captain Falcon's Twister Race, and the whole idea of the "The second screen" works greatly in Luigi's Ghost Mansion. It is easy to forget how cheap the overall design quality feels like when you are enjoying a whole new gaming experience with it. The Nintendo Land’s capabilities of illustrating is essential when you buy a new console – this game alone is enough to sell the deluxe version, because you will pay more for the game and individual normal packages.




Ubisoft Montpellier’s long-term developed zombie shooting game for the Wii U has grown significantly since the first one was released under the form of "Killer Freaks From Outer Space". Monsters now are the immortal ones from London, the period of post-zombie apocalypse, and you re the accidental survivor are trying to survive. Instead of taking the heavy weapons, you will develop skills to survive more than anything else – the weapons (and ammunition) are at a minimum level, and the second screen of the GamePad is deployed smartly as map/backpack (as well as many other tricks that you really should see). The ZombiU also serves as an exhibited item for the system’s animated HD capabilities (some close-up structures remind us that this is still a game only available at launch). Please be warned that it is quite easy to fear, although it is easy for us to get afraid.


The Wii U was unveiled with many ports from the current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, such as Mass Effects and Assassin's Creed 3. Many of the top games of the holiday season are switched (as well as some of the last season, such as Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition). None of this was developed for the Wii U in the beginning, although some have additional contents or new ways to interact with current content. If you like to play the Wii U this holiday season, then this may be the only way to try some of the great games.


Nintendo promised to bring consumers a modern HD gaming console, and the Wii U has done a good job for that promise... in some aspects. Games look splendid (HD Mario!), the risky controller is another successful thing in control innovation and there are a lot of promises that are coming. But there are also some major faults and half-done ideas: a silly Friends List / Miiverse connection, a complete lack of many all-system console standards (group chat, achievements, the ability to play non-game disc-based media) and a game controller that lasts only 3.5 hours.

For those reasons above, we cannot suggest you buying Nintendo's Wii U just yet. It is a complex and innovative console that feels a lack of some months before its zenith – what is available is very attractive, but its innovation may fade with those who are used to their consoles with another role as a media center also; Nintendo promised its TVii functionality would be launched the next month, which could change this equation so much. This time, it does not matter much to wait a month or two until the store gets full again and Nintendo will finish its launch.


·         Price: $200


·         Innovative and comfortable game controller

·         Backwards compatibility with the latest Wii

·         Off-screen play changes gaming with game controller


·         Incredibly short battery life on the GamePad

·         Out-dated and slow UI

·         Social networks’ messy functionality

Key point

·         Nintendo’s Wii U is very promising, but it was possibly launched too early. Longtime gamers will want to buy it right away, but regular ones should wait some month before buying it.


·         Game format: optical disc, downloadable

·         Online feature: multiplayer, voice chat…

·         Drive capacity: 8GB

·         Controller type: wireless

·         Video outputs: component, HDMI (v1.4)

·         Backwards compatibility: 1 generation

·         Battery size: rechargeable

·         Controller (max): 1

·         Internet connectivity: yes

·         Wi-Fi: yes

·         System RAM: 2,024 MB

·         USB: 2 ports (2.0)

·         Power adapter: external


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