We don't often reference editorial opinion from major websites as news, but as we're forever seeking silver-linings and positivity for the rather marvellous Wii U, we're going to make an exception. Kotaku, one of the most influential — we're talking top three — gaming sites in the world, has upgraded its Wii U review from a "Not Yet" to a resounding "Yes".
There's a full-on updated review that praises the system, primarily due to its growing library of top-notch games and improved operating system and application. It concludes as follows:
There was a time when the Wii U simply cost too much for the amount of great games it had on the system. There was also a time when Nintendo TVii might have been a big deal. (This was around the same time!). That was the past. That was a past when you could merrily skip the Wii U and be ok.
Today, however, if you skip the Wii U, you're missing out.
Please recognize that we don't make console recommendations based on the future. We're not telling you to grab a Wii U now because there's a Smash Bros. a few months from release and a gorgeous open-world Zelda farrrr out on the horizon.
We are recommending the Wii U in the present.
As we say, it's the exception rather than the norm that we publish editorial opinion from other sites, but considering the sheer clout of Kotaku it's pleasing to see that it's giving the system an undeniable thumbs up; this is even taking into account the various gaps in the library the system will face with major franchises such as Batman, Assassin's Creed and many more. It should also be of surprise to no-one that, before E3 in particular, the Wii U received some consistent negative press on various influential outlets. After the LA show opinion has shifted a little.
Kotaku often posts quirky items on burgers shaped like Pokemon and the like, and we often source the site for quirkier 'weirdness' articles. It's an undeniably big fish, however, and it's declaring to its readers that they should have plenty of fun with the Wii U, that's it's absolutely worth a purchase.
Of course, many of us already knew that, but spreading the word is vital — this'll help.