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Nintendo Wii U

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Nintendo Wii U

consumersearch.com
16 March 2014
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo Wii U

stuffmideast.com
7 February 2013
  • Summary: It provides no graphical leap, but the Wii U ’s take on dual-screen gaming is a revelation, especially when gaming with friends
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Overall 7
7.0

Wii U review: Remains a great family system with some limits

CNET
30 January 2013
  • Summary: The Wii U has shaken off some of its initial growing pains to become a superior kid and family console, with a limited but excellent lineup of exclusive games you won't find anywhere else.
  • Pros: An included tablet-style GamePad can play games when the TV is in use; Nintendo has a core library of awesome exclusive titles; works with older Wii games and accessories; very kid-friendly. Access to a vault of your childhood classics. Off-TV play is great.
  • Cons: Can't play DVDs or Blu-rays; lacks a lot of third-party games available on Xbox or PlayStation; GamePad battery life too short; Wii U and 3DS handheld don't share games. On-board storage is severely lacking; Wii U interface is still way behind other consoles. Limited GamePad wireless range limits it to use barely one room away.
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Overall 7
7.0

Packed with promise, the Nintendo Wii U still has a lot to prove

CNET
30 January 2013
  • Summary: The Wii U has shaken off some of its initial growing pains to become a superior kid and family console, with a limited but excellent lineup of exclusive games you won't find anywhere else.
  • Pros: An included tablet-style GamePad can play games when the TV is in use; Nintendo has a core library of awesome exclusive titles; works with older Wii games and accessories; very kid-friendly. Access to a vault of your childhood classics. Off-TV play is great.
  • Cons: Can't play DVDs or Blu-rays; lacks a lot of third-party games available on Xbox or PlayStation; GamePad battery life too short; Wii U and 3DS handheld don't share games. On-board storage is severely lacking; Wii U interface is still way behind other consoles. Limited GamePad wireless range limits it to use barely one room away.
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Overall 7
6.8

Expert Review

TopTenREVIEWS
27 January 2013
  • Summary: The Nintendo Wii U is a unique video game console that fails to offer comparable gaming experiences to other next-gen systems. Although the console has lots of potential, it cannot compete with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and many of the system's features do not work in today's gaming environment. Fortunately, the Wii U is the exclusive home of new Nintendo exclusives, which are some of the most enjoyable family-friendly games available.
  • Pros: The Wii U's tablet-like Gamepad offers gameplay potential similar to the Nintendo DS and 3DS.
  • Cons: The Nintendo Network is a poor online system, lacking the simplicity of other consoles.
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Overall 9
8.5

Nintendo Wii U Review

411mania.com
22 November 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0
Graphics 10
9.6
Sound 7
7.0
Control 9
9.0
Addiction 8
8.4

Nintendo Wii U Review

Cheat Code Central
19 November 2012
  • Summary: This Could Be Nintendo's Best System Yet, But I Can't Be Sure.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo Wii U review

Digitaltrends
18 November 2012
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0
Design 7
7.0
Performance 6
6.0
Control 6
6.0
Software 7
7.0

Years after the Wii upended the gaming industry, Nintendo takes on consoles present and future

theverge.com
18 November 2012
  • Summary: I had a number of "ah ha!" moments with the Wii U. There are things it can do, things enabled by the GamePad / console twosome, that are both awesome and unique. I loved diagramming FIFA plays on the GamePad's touchscreen, then executing them on my TV. I loved being able to play Super Mario Brothers U anywhere in my apartment without missing a beat. I still love using the Wii remote to drive around.
  • Pros: When it's used right, the GamePad is a great feature, More portable than most consoles, Online features are well-implemented
  • Cons: Clunky, cheap build quality, Laggy interface, GamePad's use is confusing and unclear
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Wii U review: a week with Nintendo's new console

Shacknews
17 November 2012
  • Excerpt: I've been lucky enough to have the Wii U for over a week now. Here's what's thrilled me about the system and what's surprised me.
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