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Sun 2nd Feb 2014

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nomarkreviewer commented on Parent Trap: ​Does The Wii U Still Make Sens...:

It always made sense, it's just unfortunate that the marketing never made it clear what it was all about. That was compounded by Nintendo's failure to produce innovative experiences that used the gamepad. The ideas in Nintendoland were perfect for the family market, but Nintendo have fallen back on classic gameplay and rarely innovated with the control scheme. However, regardless of those failings, the Wii U has built up a catalog of games that are still great fun to play and more suited to a family audience than the competition.

The off screen play is also a boon for families, where screen sharing can be a problem and the tablet (due to the stylus) makes games like Super Mario Maker and Disney Infinity much easier to work with. Nintendo have also been fortunate with the explosion of Toys 2 Life games that have arrived during the Wii U's lifespan and have jumped to capitalise on it with the release of amiibo. If only they had exclusive rights to Skylanders, Lego Dimensions or Disney Infinity.

There is one big question mark that hangs over the Wii U though...where is Minecraft? That for me is it's single biggest failing. The single most popular game with young kids is not available on the Wii U, but it's available on every other platform. Consider the ball well and truly dropped there.