Summary: The console itself is similarly housed, and likewise gives rise to some less-than-complimentary comments. Reviewers also say that both the GamePad and the console attract lots of fingerprints. A few build quality issues are also noted: For example, ArsTechnica.com finds that the face buttons on the controller are a little loose, leading to a rattling sound when the GamePad is shaken.
Pros: Family-oriented titles, Also plays Nintendo Wii games and downloadable classic Nintendo games, Compatible with Wii accessories
Cons: Limited streaming features, No CD, DVD or Blu-ray playback, Underpowered compared to new video game consoles
Conclusion: The Nintendo Wii U doesn’t have the same immediate impact that the Wii did all those years ago, so if you’re getting one for Christmas expect to do a lot of hand-holding if your granny wants to have a go. It’s not as intuitive as its predecessor, which may not be a bad thing, especially when you consider how primitive some Wii games were.
Pros: Nintendo’s history in the field of video gaming is legendary - this is a company which has shaped and defined the industry across four decades. Taking this into account, it was obvious that the Japanese veteran wasn’t going to push out a traditional console to supersede the Wii, and the Nintendo Wii U is possibly one of the most surreal, individual machines we’ve ever seen under our telly. It offers 1080p HD visuals and boasts around the same graphical power as the PS...
Cons: Nintendo reinvented video gaming with the motion-controlled Wii, making gamers out of people who had previously never even picked up a joypad. However, despite the unique nature of the GamePad, the Nintendo Wii U is a much harder concept to sell to non-gamers - and that could prove to be a problem in the future. Because of limitations on the hardware, you can’t have four players using four GamePads. Nintendo is promising that the console will support two GamePads soon...
Summary: So at long last, the next generation of consoles is finally here. Even though the last generation of consoles technically started in 2005, it doesn’t feel all that long ago that we were still referring to the PS3 and Wii as the “next generation.” Well, their successors are finally coming, and even though the Wii U may not have the graphical jump hardcore gamers are looking for, the Wii U provides a unique experience that truly offers something we’ve never seen before.
Conclusion: The Wii U is a difficult piece of hardware to review for two reasons. First, it is unavoidably competing with hardware that exists in a different space, and second, the entire system is betting on a future that isn’t entirely clear yet. If you compare the Wii U directly with the PS3, Xbox 360, or even against the rumors of what Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles will be, it certainly comes up lacking on several fronts. But that isn’t really a fair comparison.
Pros: A fresh, original way to look at gaming, GamePad means previous released best-sellers can be ported to the Wii U with a new twist, Can play console-quality games on the GamePad without the TV, Miiverse is a ready-made community, Backwards compatibility with Wii games, controllers
Cons: Much of the software has been delayed, Short battery life on GamePad, Relatively high price compared to rivals, Won’t play Blu-rays or DVDs, and does not have an onboard video player, No networking abilities, Tiny internal hard drive forces you to buy more storage soon, Several promised online functions are not available at launch
Packed with promise, the Nintendo Wii U still has a lot to prove
17 November 2012
Summary: Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.
Pros: The Wii U offers a unique two-screen gaming experience on a tablet controller dubbed the GamePad. It's the first-ever HD Nintendo gaming system that offers gameplay for up to five people on select games. The Wii U is also fully backward compatible with old Wii games and controllers. Off-TV play on select games allows for placeshifting play without the need for a TV.
Cons: Some OS loading times are too long, and the GamePad has a very short battery life. The built-in storage may not be enough for those who plan on downloading a lot of games. The Wii U graphics are only just about on par with current-generation games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Playing some Wii U games can be awkward and requires getting used to in general. Having to look away from the screen on some games can be uncomfortable or disorienting. Nintendo TVii feels inco...
Excerpt: Nintendo has just announced the successor to its wildly popular and family friendly Wii system today at E3 — called the Wii U . If the name didn’t clue you in, essentially Nintendo hopes they’ve built a console gaming experience that’s highly entertaining for the entire family and individual gamers.