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
Summary: The Nintendo Wii U is the follow-up to the hugely popular Wii, and introduces a quirky GamePad controller with a second screen. The system is more complicated than the Wii, which may alienate casual players, and doesn't offer the power or game selection to turn the heads of long-time gamers. The controller can be a lot of fun, but it's questionable whether future games will really make use of this interesting hardware.
Cons: Not every game makes good use of the GamePad; Console has limited storage space; GamePad screen is low-res; Tepid launch lineup.
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.
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
Excerpt: Nintendo is never happy with maintaining the status quo. Like Wii before it, Nintendo's latest home console pivots away from what gamers would expect out of a traditional system. Yeah, can do motion controls like Nintendo's last-gen system--but the GamePad tablet introduces a whole new way to play. I've been lucky enough to have the Wii U for now. Here's what's thrilled me about the system and what's surprised me.
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.
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...
Summary: 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.
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.