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Feature: What You Told Us About Wii U

Posted by Nintendo Life Staff

Quite a lot, actually

Not long ago we published The Big Wii U Survey, as we asked you whether you owned a Wii U and, if you do, what you think about it. The response was terrific, with over 4,300 fully completed submissions being returned to us.

As promised, below is a summary of what you told us, with some surprising statistics thrown in.

Upgrading and spending money

The big question, which ultimately determined whether you had much of a survey to answer at all, was whether you actually owned a Wii U. Perhaps not surprisingly for a community on a Nintendo-centric website, 79% of you (3,338) answered yes, which gave the questions that followed plenty of diversity in responses. Of those that own a system, over 90% confirmed that the Deluxe/Premium console had been their model of choice, reinforcing a sense from industry estimates and stock on shelves that the cheaper model has struggled to find an audience.

Even with the cheaper model, the issue of cost also accounted for the reason why the console wasn't purchased by a number of people — 45% of votes of those without the system said that they hadn't bought a Wii U as they couldn't afford it, with 33% waiting for a cheaper bundle. Other reasons that earned significant votes were some desired games not being on Wii U (24%) and 14% of votes saying that they were waiting for the next Microsoft or Sony console. Those waiting to be persuaded to buy a Wii U had similar priorities in terms of what would change their mind: a lower price point as well as more first-party/Wii U exclusive games were selected by over half of those yet to dive in.

A major target of Wii U, meanwhile, is to attract Wii owners into the upgrade. Although the question wasn't posed directly, it's clear that the vast majority of you did upgrade from the little system: just over 2,500 of you own two Wii Remotes or more, while a similar number (2,484 — 74%) stated that they didn't buy any Wii Remotes with the new system. Nintendo is arguably relying on this, as the relatively high cost of entry makes buying Wii Remotes an expensive luxury — with over 90 million Wii systems in the wild the company is likely to be hoping that most will already have the controllers that they need.

To wrap up the Wii segment here, special mention must go to the Wii U backward compatibility, which is functional if not very stylishly implemented. The rather fiddly Wii transfer process, in which it helps to have both systems hooked up at the same time, has evidently put some off bothering: 1,894 (57%) of you said you haven't completed the process. Maybe some of us aren't ready to say goodbye to the older system quite yet.

In terms of Wii U specific responses, even the Nintendo Life community's results support some claims that the software attach-rate on the system is disappointing. Exactly 50% of you bought either two or three games with the console, with the next highest response (16%) stating that only one game was picked up. While many would argue that it was a launch line-up with impressive depth, perhaps it lacked a definitive "killer" game or two to truly set the pulses racing.

Taking the Wii U online

After issues with DS and Wii, particularly, there are encouraging results in terms of how many of you have connected your Wii U systems online. Admittedly, the Nintendo Life community is likely to be more than comfortable setting up broadband for their new console, but nevertheless 99% of you said you'd gone online with Wii U, which is almost as good as it gets. The system setup process has clearly been followed by the vast majority, meanwhile, with 98% of you confirming that you've setup a Nintendo Network ID.

Of course it's only truly worthwhile going online with the system if the functionality is put to use. In terms of the eShop, well over half of you have used the platform in some form or another. As partial proof to publishers that they're popular and worth the investment in preparation time, 2,276 (68%) of you said you've downloaded demos, while just over 50% have also purchased some download-only software. Retail downloads fared, considering the early days of the service, respectably — 555 of respondents (17%) have purchased a retail download title.

The big online social networking feature, Miiverse, has also attracted plenty of attention from the community. Around 78% of responses stated that they'd both added comments and "yeah'd" others on the service. The majority have also added friends and posted hand-drawn comments (both 59%), while half of you have decided to "follow" others. When you're not dabbling with Miiverse a number of you are also using the available apps to watch TV and videos on the Wii U, with 68% using YouTube and 43% making use of their Netflix subscriptions in the available app; UK service LoveFilm on the other hand trailed with only 147 (4%) of you trying the service on Wii U.

Why go for Wii U?

So, what made you want a Wii U? In pleasing news for Nintendo, many of you were drawn in by the concept:

The GamePad controller — 2,592 (78%)
It's a Nintendo console, I need to have it! — 2,410 (72%)
The HD graphics — 2,277 (68%)
The new ways of controlling/interacting — 1,906 (57%)
It's totally different from other consoles — 1,750 (52%)

In terms of the broad question of what you've liked most since trying Wii U, most (70%) cited Nintendo's launch games, the experiences of both clearly earning plenty of fans. That said, the following responses all did well, scoring votes from over half of the submissions:

Playing games on the GamePad while I or somebody else can also watch TV — 2,180 (65%)
How it expands the experience outside the TV — 1,820 (55%)
Miiverse — 1,735 (52%)
The new multiplayer possibilities — 1,668 (50%)

So what about the future? The easy winner in terms of what game is most anticipated was Pikmin 3 with 637 votes (19%), with particularly varied responses all around. The range of answers for "what improvements would you like to see with Wii U" were varied and, on occasions, wacky. In general, however, the most popular answers matched much of what we've read on the forums and in article comments. More games and a slicker interface scored highly.

Faster user-interface loading times — 2,564 (77%)
More first-party games — 2,385 (71%)
More Wii U Exclusive games — 2,253 (67%)
More third-party games — 2,144 (64%)
Better GamePad battery life — 1,782 (53%)

So there you have it, a summary of what you think of Wii U so far. We're truly grateful for the time that you took to respond, and let us know what you think of these results in the comments below.

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User Comments (75)



chewytapeworm said:

Bah, I never took this survey, been away for a while. It doesn't look like I would have added much to it though, great read!



Jaz007 said:

I would like to see some of the runner ups and some if the wired and wacky ways to improve the Wii U. Other than that though, nice job Nlife.



gojiguy said:

None of the questions I answered were included here. Did I take a different survey or are you guys just not posting results for those who haven't purchased a Wii U yet?

I'd love to know what criticisms there were/what's holding people back.

For me number one is the Wii VC. That needs to be fixed.. So does Wii Mode.



Neutron said:

My thoughts: the Wii U is an underpowered console that lacks many features of current gen systems and does have any compelling exclusive software. Wii U will be dead this time next year, due to the launches of the vastly superior Xbox 720 and PS4.



rjejr said:

I think this is the most relevant stat:

It's a Nintendo console, I need to have it! — 2,410 (72%)

And when coupled with this:

"over 90% confirmed that the Deluxe/Premium"

it's easy to see why there are so many Wii U Basic consoles boxes sitting on store shelves. Even with Target having a B2G1 sale on games that were already on sale the consoles aren't moving. Clearance out the Basic and drop the price on the Deluxe. Not now, that would look desperate, maybe when MH3U releases in March. I don't think Rayman Legends is big enough of a draw in Feb. Amazon US having a place holder release date of Dec 31 2013 isn't helping demand any either.



SKYW4LK3R said:

Mine is a basic set but who cares I have a 2TB hdd plugged into it and I don't even want nintendoland anyway...



Marioman64 said:

i didn't do the wii to wii U transfer because some features of wii games are wii only, like using a gamecube controller on games (brawl, sonic unleashed and colors, n64 virtual console titles, bomberman Wiiware 8 player funcitonality)... frankly I can't see a good reason to do the transfer, it feels like putting your wii games in jail and torturing them until they die



ThomasBW84 said:

@gojiguy There was a line about reasons given for not getting a Wii U, but I've fleshed it out (second paragraph in the Upgrading and spending money) section. The majority had answered that they had a Wii U and most of the data was around that, but I hope that helps a little.



Raylax said:

@Neutron: For other underpowered failures in video game history, see also:
Wii vs PS3 / 360
3DS vs Vita
PS2 vs X-Box/Gamecube
PS1 vs N64 / Saturn
Game Boy vs Game Gear

... wait.



RandomNerds said:

@Marioman64 I'd be lying if I said didn't regret doing the transfer. Not to mention I bought a cable that let me use an N64 Controler on the Wii using the Gamecube controller port… That's now over



LavaTwilight said:

Haters just love to hate eh? The 720/PS4 2013 releases are still only rumours, with no definitive date yet; and besides many programmers who have had hands-on experience with the WiiU, as opposed to those who have signed contracts with MS/Sony to NOT use it and us consumers who DONT, they have ALL had nothing but praise for the system claiming it to be far superior to the 360 and PS3, establishing it as a definite Next-Gen console. Besides that, for the cost of additional power to be put into the 720/PS4, even if they do get released this year, it's going to affect their sales just as much, not to mention that by this time next year Nintendo will probably be gearing up for some big launches to ensure those who have not yet bought the console (because theyre waiting for Zelda/Metroid/Pikmin/etc etc etc) will actually put their money down. So since your thoughts are clearly not based on experience or informed knowledge may I share everyones thoughts in that you keep them to yourself.
Thank You!



LavaTwilight said:

By the way, excellent findings and can't wait to hear more... I was one of the few who bought a wiimote for the WiiU despite being one of the few who also had 5 controllers, mostly because I had 4 that had WiiMote-Plus added on, the Zelda with it built in and I wanted a new one with it built in, also in black to match the rest of my console. Now I've sold two remotes though and will probably sell the others when I can afford to get two more with wiimote-plus built in. See, there's method to the madness



hYdeks said:

I don't have a wii u but I am interested in getting one, and this survey was a great read! gives alot of hope for the wii u's future.



LztheQuack said:

@Neutron It might help to check your posts before you troll. For instance, "does have any compelling exclusive software" implies that you think the Wii U has great software!



Sir_Deadly said:

@rjejr hmm, i think Nintendo is afraid to drop the price because they're already selling at a loss. But, I think if they did drop the price it would make up in more sales then from before. I mean less cost = greater sales! Am I right?



Sir_Deadly said:

@Neutron please list these so called features Wii U doesn't have that this gen does? I know the Wii U has features that his current gen doesnt have. And i am sorry, but i doubt they will be more powerful then the wii u. Wii U is sold at a loss, so if Sony and Microsoft put more powerful hardware in there systems than the Wii U has it would be an even bigger loss then the Wii U was selling for and i dont think they would wanna go down that road. They would have to price it higher than $350 to make a profit. Sony should have learned this from the PS3 launch. And if you are talking bout graphics, thats not going to happen either.



Windy said:

Wii-U is a definate pick up for me when Dragon Quest X Online comes to North America. Maybe sooner if something comes out I like. Right Now I'm just not interested. My 3DS is getting overtime play though



ueI said:

It seems that those without WiiUs weren't asked many questions at all. I could have told you that I have 4 wiimotes.
I never planned to do a system transfer for the reason @Marioman64 stated.



TotalHenshin said:

@ThomasBW84 Hey, could you post the most desired games? It's odd to me that Pikmin 3 is the winner with only 19% of the vote. I think it'd be interesting to see what the community is looking forward to outside of Pikmin 3.



uximal said:

Good read,I am still saving up for WiiU, I plan on getting it with MH3U release.



ToastyYogurt said:

@Neutron: Let's analyze your whole list of thoughts:
"the Wii U is an underpowered console...": Great concepts > Great power. The Wii U may be less powerful than 360 and PS3 (but not by much, considering games that would typically miss Wii, like Batman Arkham City and Assassin's Creed III, have made it to Wii U), but it has that amazing Gamepad that has so much potential. Just play Nintendo Land and see how much. If I was just going for power, I would stick with PC, which could blow 360 and PS3, and most likely even the PS3 and next XBox, out of the water if one has the cash. But the Gamepad is a cool piece of kit that is just too cool for me and many others to resist.
"...that lacks many features of current gen systems...": Like what? Playing DVDs? Play media off of a harddrive? If you want to watch DVDs, get a DVD player. If you want to watch downloaded media on your TV, get an HTPC. Being able to do things that you can do without a game console should not effect your decision to buy said game console, and should be treated as an extra instead. GAME consoles are meant to play GAMES, why do people care so much if it can do other crap? Besides, Wii U has so many off the wall features that "current gen consoles" (Wii U is a current gen console.... unless you meant it was next gen) don't have, like Miiverse and Nintendo TVii. And the features that Wii U does have that others do often take advantage of the Gamepad. You can watch a movie on Netflix on the Gamepad while somebody watches something on the big screen, for instance.
"and does have any compelling exclusive software.": I'm going to be logical and assume you meant to put a "not" after the "does" in there. Wii U's launch lineup was actually pretty strong compared to most launch lineups. Besides, how could you ignore Nintendo Land? That's a fantastic game that feels like what the Wii U was MADE for. It's a load of fun. Besides, there will be plenty of other fantastic exclusives coming in the future, like Game & Wario, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, and the next Smash Bros. (Yes, it's coming to 3DS too, but the Wii U version is sure to be the better version for multiplayer, as it's easier and cheaper to round up 1-4 Wiimotes and a Gamepad than to round up the same number of 3DSs). Just because there are not any "compelling" titles now (I believe Nintendo Land is a compelling game.
"Wii U will be dead this time next year, due to the launches of the vastly superior Xbox 720 and PS4.": Right. A console that's had plenty of success so far to the point of selling out preorders is going to get crushed by two consoles that will have nothing improved rather than power, or have some extra features that you could probably get from another TV box anyway. Just like what happened with the Wii. Oh wait, it didn't. Just look at @Raylax's comment. The underdog does have the potential to beat the other guys. Besides, the PS4 and 720 might be "vastly superior" in raw power, but they will never be superior in where it matters most: ingenuity. The Gamepad will help sell many units. I don't know what Sony and Microsoft have in store for their consoles, but I doubt they will have anything groundbreaking game wise like the Gamepad. I'm not saying the Wii U won't be outperformed, because I don't know if it will. The future is uncertain, sometimes things that seem almost certain to happen do not happen, and vice versa. Besides, you can't predict the future and state it as fact. Unless you have some sort of crystal ball in your basement, in which case if you do, I would like to buy it off of you.

@Rod64: So 2-4 people can play Wii U while 2 others play Wii, or some other combination?



Sean_Aaron said:

I had six remotes at one time because I had a Japanese Wii and a PAL Wii and didn't want to bother with temporary remote syncing. I now have four Motion Plus Remotes (in a range of fashion colours) and only one is synced to the Japanese Wii with the other three being attached to Wii U. Only two Nunchuks though, because I don't see many games that support more than two players which require them and I never have more than two players in a game.



Marakuto said:

@Windy That would be one of the reasons I'd consider getting a Wii U because of that game.

I want to try out a Wii U soon and see what it is capable of doing and see how superior it is as a next gen console. I currently haven't paid much attention to the Wii U but I'll see if I could give it a try soon.



MagicEmperor said:

@Neutron Guys, he's a troll. He wants to be fed, so don't feed him.

Unfortunately, I didn't take the survey because I wasn't aware. I was busy, and didn't pay attention, yadda yadda. My bad. But the most dominant results more or less reflect me and my Wii U. Thanks for conducting this.



sinalefa said:

I liked doing the survey. Just yesterday I finally hooked my Wii U online ( I had to move the console next to the router, as I find the U's Wifi worse than Wii's) and got a couple of demos and tried Miiverse. Interesting idea, although not my cup of tea. So glad I got the black model as Nintendo Land is a riot in multiplayer.

My most anticipated game is Rayman Legends (specially after playing the demo), followed by Pikmin 3, Game & Wario and The Wonderful 101. Zombi U's demo convinced me not to pick up the game. Thanks for doing the survey and showing the results.



ianmage1 said:

I think one of the questions should have been "Did you purchase the Basic or Deluxe set?"
No big deal, great survey.



jayblue said:

if they put my vc games on the gamepad soon i be laughing like a mad man ha ha haaaaaa.



ei8htbit said:

In other news, 100% of Nintendo fans like 100% of Nintendo products - that`s hard-hitting research right there..



theblackdragon said:

@ei8htbit: 100% of the people who enjoy a subset of available products won't all choose to purchase the new hotness immediately, and those who do may have done so for a variety of reasons or will have done so in a differing manner (picking up more than one game at launch, for example, or picking up a few other extras, or perhaps waiting for one type of bundle over the other). There are still things about us that differentiate us from the rest of the group, even though we all may look similar to the untrained eye :3

I'm with the 21% who said they hadn't picked one up yet, though. I'm curious as to what the most popular reason was for not having done so — i believe i mentioned in the survey thread that I was still waiting for that one special 'system-seller' to be announced...



XCWarrior said:

Glad to be a part of the survey. I say do one for the 3DS! I like learning about this kind of stuff!



FriedSquid said:

I'm with the 21% that doesn't own one yet. Honestly, I just want Zelda game and Smash Bros. 4, because currently I don't feel like I'm missing out on much.



fluggy said:

Love my Wii U. Particularly playing black ops online using gamepad as monitor (while using pro controller). Brilliant. Really have a problem with controller pro support though. Why would Ninty release a new controller and not make it compatible with Mario U. Baffling and unacceptable. Also, why can't u play multiplayer and mix wiimotes 'with' the gamepad. Another massive oversight.



aronatvw said:

Quick question, I can't remember if monster hunter was an anticipated game on the survey, if so, I'm really curious how it stacked up?



Sun said:

Neutron: 'My thoughts: the Wii U is an underpowered console that lacks many features of current gen systems and does have any compelling exclusive software. Wii U will be dead this time next year, due to the launches of the vastly superior Xbox 720 and PS4'.

I would say that Wii U is disappointingly weak, not sure if it is less powerful than PS360. If that is a case, it is a shame.

I do not think Wii U will be dead next year, before that happens Nintendo would drop its price and release first party games. Wait, this is the same 3DS story again, isn't it?



aronatvw said:

If the wiiu is weaker then current gen. Then why does it all ready have trine 2 which apperently other systems couldn't support, it looks amazing btw. Also it has current games like mass effect, black ops 2 and they not only look great but they also support a completely other screen while playing.



Kirk said:

Interesting stuff but it's all useless and skewed stats because it's pretty much only hardcore Nintendo fans that have got a Wii U at this point and that contributed to this poll too anyway. For example, the whole owning 4 or more Wiimotes stat; I'm sure that's true of most hardcore Nintendo gamers but I don't think it's useful for anything beyond knowing that hardcore Nintendo gamers like to get lots of Nintendo stuff, like multiple controllers, that other people probably wouldn't. Basically, I just "learned" that hardcore fans are kinda hardcore. Go figure.



antdickens said:

@Kirk it's not "skewed" at all, it's a reflection, a representation of the readers of Nintendo Life - which is all it was meant to be.

It's also worth surveying our readers to see which elements of the system were most interesting to them, if we could survey all "hardcore" Nintendo fans then it would also be a valid survey of them, do you have their email addresses?



Sun said:

@antdickens I know what you mean but I thought pretty the same as Kirk when reading the survey results, just from the start since I read 79% own Wii U. Only 2.55 million people in the world own a Wii U. Of course it is a new system but I don't think they will sell 5.5 million units as fast as they said the would (was it March?).

If you ask me, I miss a really good and deep Nintendo game and also I think the system should be more powerful (its CPU-GPU is too slow). Otherwise this is going to be Wii 2, meaning third parties are going to go away from Nintendo users... again.

But anyway you are right too, antdickens (about survey purposes).



HouseofBees said:

I'm a fan of the Wii U. For those who are on the fence/not bothered/PS360 Diehards to buy it, though, some things will need to happen in the next year - the price will need to drop sharply (it's prohibitive compared to the Wii whatever the development cost, so the same numbers can't realistically be expected). Secondly, some proper games. All very well putting a brave face on it, but nobody's head is going to be turned by Pikmin 3, no matter how good a game it is.

I'm sticking with the Wii U, and 3 years down the line, I want to have invested in a console that courts developers a damn sight better than the Wii did, and hopefully has a library and online service to justify the asking price.



DaveC said:

I bought a Wii U and so far I am not impressed. There just isn't any WOW factor. Every game is basically a port and the same in graphics as my Xbox 360. Before release everyone was saying games would be in 1080P on the Wii-U, well so far ZERO are 1080P they are all 720P like the Xbox and PS3. The tri-core CPU on the Wii U is only 1.25 GHz as opposed to 3.2 GHz on the tri-core Xbox and multi core cell PS3 CPU. That is too slow for a system that released 6 years after the 360. You would think it at least would be the same speed.

Then there just aren't very compelling first party titles. I don't care for multiplayer party mini-games, I want something deeper. Where are all of the decent Nintendo games such as Zelda, Metroid, Smash brothers, Mario (a 3D version to really show off the 3D graphics, not that 2D SNES style scroller.) ? The tablet controller gimmick just doesn't put this over the top. It is a nice feature but isn't a substitute for Xbox 360/ PS3 trouncing graphics and AAA Nintenndo first party exclusives that it should have had at launch (not 3 years later). They had better have plenty of surprises at E3 this year (such as a new Zelda ready to go in a month) or this thing is a dud.



FiveDigitLP said:

I can't speak for everyone, but I'll give you my reasons. I had four early on, but wanted a black one when those came out. Also, I'm a big Zelda fan, so I had to get the collector's edition of Skyward Sword. Simple as that!



Beerkin said:

@DaveC It just came out. Metroid, Star Fox, Zelda all the games you want are on the way. You should check again if you think you can do on the Xbox what you can do on WiiU. the Xbox seems archaic after gettin my Wii U. My sad little dual shock seems old and crappy now.



bigtakilla said:

@gojiguy There is a petition being signed for people who want cross game chat.<br />

Get as many people as you can to sign this! I honestly think if enough people did Nintendo would listen. Put this on facebook, twitter, everywhere. Let's make this happen.

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