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subpopz

steph746 wrote:

I've decided to get the Wii U, but now am trying to figure out what bundle to get or to just get the system and a couple of games. Is Mario Kart 8 the best bundle? That would just come with the game pad and I would have to purchase the wii remote plus? Should I get two wii remote pluses? I'll probably get the Wii U Sports Club game (even though it's about $80). I also like the Sochi game and that can come with a Wii remote plus for about $90.

I'm kind of confused as what to get to start. Any advice would be useful. Thank you.

The Mario Kart 8 bundle is good and comes with all the DLC for that game now. If you also picked up Sochi, the Wiimote that comes with it can also be used as a steering wheel for Mario Kart. How many other controllers really depends on how many regularly play together

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spizzamarozzi

This is what I would buy with skywake's budget of $403 If I had kids of that age:

Wii U
$255 - Console + Mario Kart 8
$34 - WiiMote
$34 - WiiMote
$25 - Wii Sports Resorts (Nintendo Selects Wii)
$25 - Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo Selects WiiU)
$25 - Wii Party U (Nintendo Selects WiiU)
$5 - an eShop game that supports multiplayer
Total: $403US

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Octane

skywake wrote:

As I said, if you want a modern system the Switch is a better option than the Wii U at this stage. If you want a system with a lot of motion control heavy games the Wii is far cheaper than the Wii U used. I'm not sure there's much reason to get a Wii U at this stage. It's too early for it to be super cheap used. It's too late for it to be getting any new content.

Basically this. I own a Wii U, and I don't own a Switch, but even I know that the Switch is a better investment at the moment. Yes, it just came out, so it doesn't have many games available right now, but that will change soon. 1-2-Switch and ARMS offer more motion control games than anything on the Wii U, if you're looking for that (and those are just the launch window games).

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GuruOfGreatness

To me this is a bit like the situation of choosing between a Sega Saturn at the end of its life or a Dreamcast at the beginning.

It is clear that there won't be any more Sega Saturn games coming out, but yet you know there is a great library of games already out there, and that the only place to play the best ones is on the Sega Saturn. You know you can't play them on the Dreamcast. Everything from games, to the console and accessories can still be found in shops, and are all still cheaper than the just released Dreamcasts.

The Dreamcast on the other hand is the new console on the block, with cutting edge graphics and technology, a very reasonable launch price, and is the future of Sega, not the past like the Saturn (shame it didn't work out that way in reality). However, there are not really any games that interest you to start with, even though you know there will be in a year or two, and so you feel that yes, you may own the most powerful games console in the world and probably get a good deal on it, but, what use is it to you if you don't have anything to play on it.

With that bizarre analogy over with, I personally still maintain that anyone who is not necessarily looking for the newest, latest and greatest, and just wants something to play on casually should still at the very least consider a Wii U (nothing against the Switch whatsoever; I may have cancelled my pre-order on launch day due to lack of games until Summer onwards, but I have still never wanted a console as much since the first time I played on an N64), as the Wii U still boasts a wide selection of games now, that are available now, not in months or years, and all the usual things like people have mentioned like cheaper games, accessories, backwards compatible Wii library etc etc etc.

The Wii U doesn't have much of a future now, other than selling off the last of its stock and keeping its online servers open as long as possible, but, like the Saturn over Dreamcast scenario, it still has a history that makes it a viable purchase, or at least one to consider before making your decision.

In the UK, for £300 in total (or slightly less depending on where you shop), you can get a brand new Wii U with the Mario Kart 8/Splatoon pre-installed bundle, Zelda, and a Pro Controller. So £300 for the console, 3 games and two controllers. Not bad at all in comparison to a Switch if you're just a very casual gamer or on a budget. A Switch here with 3 retail games (it technically comes with 2 controllers as we all know so won't add the cost of a Pro to the total) will set you back £430. Still not too bad for a brand new piece of gear and 3 games, IF there are 3 games that you actually want though.

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steph746

I understand. I still am leaning towards the Wii U just because I'm perfectly happy playing games like Wii U Sports Club and the Sochi Olympic and Mario Kart 8, etc. Am I correct in understanding that the Switch cannot play these games right now but might be able to in the future?

Just looking at consoles, if I wanted to get a white one, they come in both 8GB and 32GB? For my use, would 8gb be ok? I would just need this storage if I wanted to download games and not use the discs?

steph746

GuruOfGreatness

@steph746

I know Japan had 32GB White models but was not aware anywhere else did. As far as I was aware, everywhere else was White, 8GB and Black, 32GB.

I got the Black one, and with 43 retail games, and 4 and a half years later, I have still not filled up the memory (only about 19-21GB I think).

I really wanted a White model all the way back in November 2012, but my wife insisted on the Black one so it matched the rest of the entertainment devices lol. I must admit, after everything I heard about the 8GB model and how ridiculously low the memory was, I was also put off.

Having said that, I am a technophobe, and had I known then what I know now about memory, hard drives etc, and about how easy it is to just pick up an 8GB model and pop in external memory, then I may have tried to persuade my wife that the White one was better lol.

Even then, 8GB is not a lot still, and you will lose about 3GB of that the moment you have everything set up because of all the updates it will have etc.

If you plan on buying physical games, I'd imagine you could fit about 6-10 games on the remaining 5GB (depending on how big the game is of course).

If you plan on buying the 8GB model and intend to purchase digital games instead of physical, then you will definitely, absolutely, positively, 100% need an external hard drive to go with the console. These are very cheap to pick up though as I am sure you are aware.

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JohnBlackstar

@Steph746 The Switch will most likely never be able to play Wii U games. The Switch uses different media to store games so the only possibility of seeing Wii U games on Switch is if you buy them again (like Mario Kart 8 on Switch).

An 8gb console would probably be fine. Part of the hard drive will be used for the operating system, and part is used to save game progress. The only other use it will get is if you hook the Wii U to the internet. Then it will download software updates (rare occurrence), and you can download games from the eshop. Some games are free, but most need to be purchased.

If you intend to download a lot then I would get the 32gb system.

Personally I have the Super Mario / Nintendoland bundle that I bought for me and my kids. The Mariokart bundle is a good option too.

JohnBlackstar

GuruOfGreatness

@steph746

I'd say if you definitely want white, and are happy with re-furbished, think the price is right, then go for it.

Personally, I don't do pre-owned/re-furbished whatsoever. It's new or nothing with me.

However, I have heard NOTHING but great things about Nintendo's re-furbishing process, and how excellent it is to the point that people think they are getting brand new; so if ever there was a company I would purchase something already used from, it would be Nintendo

Plus you get all the guarantees from them etc, and, if it means anything to you, but like it states, this is a limited edition too. Like I mentioned earlier, the 32GB white model was supposedly made soley for Japan; so if this is an NTSC model then you might have something of a collectors item in your hands.

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steph746

GuruOfGreatness wrote:

@steph746

I'd say if you definitely want white, and are happy with re-furbished, think the price is right, then go for it.

Personally, I don't do pre-owned/re-furbished whatsoever. It's new or nothing with me.

However, I have heard NOTHING but great things about Nintendo's re-furbishing process, and how excellent it is to the point that people think they are getting brand new; so if ever there was a company I would purchase something already used from, it would be Nintendo

Plus you get all the guarantees from them etc, and, if it means anything to you, but like it states, this is a limited edition too. Like I mentioned earlier, the 32GB white model was supposedly made soley for Japan; so if this is an NTSC model then you might have something of a collectors item in your hands.

So, basically seems to be about $100 more for new vs. refurbished? I'll probably go for a new black 32GB console. Can I get that new anywhere reputable? It seems that most are either refurbished or new with the bundle. But I'd prefer not to get Mario Kart 8 at this time and just have the console with the Sochi Olympic game and Wii U Sports Club games.

steph746

JohnBlackstar

Go to Nintendo.com and buy a refurbished system directly from them for $200. Otherwise you are going to need to call around to local stores and see if anyone still has any stock. Retailers are not getting any more Wii U deliveries.

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JohnBlackstar

steph746

Thanks. I understand.i haven't checked Nintendo.com yet, but will. What do you think of the eBay link I sent earlier? It says it is factory refurbished by Nintendo and sealed with a one year Nintendo warranty. Would that be the same as purchasing from Nintendo?

In general would factory refurbished consoles have game pads free from scratches?

steph746

skywake

steph746 wrote:

I understand. I still am leaning towards the Wii U just because I'm perfectly happy playing games like Wii U Sports Club and the Sochi Olympic and Mario Kart 8, etc. Am I correct in understanding that the Switch cannot play these games right now but might be able to in the future?

If you buy them on Wii U you will have to buy them again on the Switch if they decide to port them. As it stands Mario Kart 8, Splatoon and Zelda BotW have equivalents or ports confirmed for Switch. Wii Sports is an unknown at this point on Switch but given the way the Joycon work it's likely to get something along those lines eventually. Lastly the Mario & Sonic games come out every two years. I'd expect the Switch to get one for Pyeongchang around this time next year.

Conversely the Wii U isn't going to get Arms, Snipperclips, 1-2 Switch or Mario Odyssey. Anything Nintendo announces at E3 this year won't be on the Wii U. Any new indie game hit likely won't be on Wii U. The Wii U library will never be bigger than what it is now. And if you're getting it new? The cost gap between the two isn't huge.

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JohnBlackstar

The 32gb from Nintendo is cheaper than the ebay option. I would buy from Nintendo directly. I would assume the gamepad would look brand new, but you might reach out directly and ask.

EDIT: I just saw that the official Nintendo store on Ebay also has the $200 return system.

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