Summary: The Nintendo Wii U takes an early lead from its competitors by introducing a new console with impressive possibilities. However, graphically, it's trying to catch up to the rest of the gaming world. Nintendo's GamePad offers a new way to play games, and as games are developed, the potential for innovation will make the Wii U a worthy contender among video game consoles for many years.
Pros: The tablet controller offers unique gameplay mechanics with creative possibilities, like internet browsing and new ways to enjoy multiplayer games.
Cons: Most games only support one tablet controller.
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.
Summary: Nintendo's Wii U is full of promise, but it may have launched prematurely. Longtime gamers will want to snap one up immediately, but mainstream users should wait a few months before diving in.
Pros: Innovative, comfortable controller, Backward-compatible with last-gen Wii, Off-screen play fundamentally changes console gaming
Cons: Incredibly short battery life on GamePad, Slow, antiquated UI, Confusing social functionality
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.
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
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.
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.