What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Wii U? [We Ask You]

Ads by Google

The Wii U is now available to buy in North America, with Nintendo having released its new home games console — the first of the next-gen machines — last weekend. By the end of the year the Wii U will have been released in all the major territories. The initial launch didn’t go particularly smoothly, with a sizable firmware update being required to add online functionality.

Despite this, and some other complaints from early-adopters, the reviews of the hardware have been mostly positive. Many reviewers seem to be hedging their bets, stating that the Wii U is good but not as good as it could be and perhaps will be in the future. But what do you think? That’s the subject up for discussion in this week’s We Ask You column.

This Week’s Question…

What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Wii U?

As previously stated the reviews for the Wii U have been mostly positive, but part of me wonders whether these reviewers are afraid of being burned twice by Nintendo’s ability to disrupt the industry. After all, many experts and analysts were highly critical of the original Wii, declaring it as a novelty doomed to fail. They were wrong. As sales quickly boomed, and Sony and Microsoft then tried to play catch-up with Move and Kinect respectively.

The Wii was a huge success. Nintendo took a massive gamble in eschewing high-end visuals in order to focus on the gameplay experience. And the motion control system worked so well that the Wii won the last-/current-gen console war. Nintendo has taken another massive gamble with the Wii U, this time augmenting the motion control Wii Remotes with a tablet-style controller that adds a second (handheld) screen to the set-up.

Do you think this is a strategy that can work? Will lightning strike in the same place twice and enable the Wii U to match or even surpass the success of its predecessor? Is the Wii U lacking the simplicity that was the quintessential reason why the original Wii succeeded? Will Nintendo be able to build up a big enough lead in terms of sales before successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 arrive in (probably) 2013?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Whether you want to detail, discuss, debate, or dissent, it’s all good if it adds to the conversation. If you need some inspiration then feel free to read 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed and 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for Rewards or Giveaways (as long as they are registered when making said comment). What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

Ads by Google
Comments (18)
  • BTAO

    I think it will be a success… but I won’t buy one. I’m not a kid, play instead of watch TV, and have no interest in taking games with me or utilizing the pad.

    Here’s why I like to play and why I probably won’t like the Wii U: I play games to immerse myself in another world and let my senses take over. This is what I feel Hardcore gamers want. Non Hardcore gamers like to be social and may like the interactive nature of the Wii U and motion accessories. I like the new functionality of a tablet, and own a Wii, but the Wii only is used when company is over, and got replaced by the Move, which is much better IMO because you get accurate motion AND graphics.

    I think it was Nintendo’s smart move, but will never get gamers that want to get lost in a game where visuals and augmented reality are the experience. That’s what the big boys are for.

    As for Zelda, yea it used to be great, but come on, it’s been obsolete for years, childish, lame and cheesy to the point where I don’t buy them anymore and wouldn’t go out and buy a new Wii U just to play it. Gotta do better, a lot better.

    If you want to enhance the HC gamer experience, make dual TV support and add another TV. This will capture PC gamers as well. I use two monitors on my computer for multitasking, why couldn’t game consoles do it too?

  • Tara Moser

    I still have to have my x box. nintendo seems to me to be for the young children. I had all the nintendo consoles while growing up but then the games got to be very boring for me, so i am now a happy owner of the x-box.

  • mike

    its not impressive maybe because it not as much powerful the xbox or ps3

  • Paul Hernandez

    Haven’t tried it, sure would like to!

  • Ryan

    I generally think the Wii U is going to be a successful console. We do not know if it would win the next round of the ‘console wars’, but I think it has already justified its existence in the face of smartphones and tablets.

    Nintendo has a lot of things going on in the console that’s pushing back the disruption by mobile devices. I would not be surprised if a year or two down the line, more US households will have Wii Us than tablets or smartphones.

    Brave prediction, I know, but looking at actual smartphone household penetration, costs of acquiring smartphones (including investing in ecosystem) as well as details of smartphone wars vs console ways, I think this really is a likely scenario.

Load 10 more
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.