It's safe to say that Nintendo's Wii U hasn't been universally acclaimed by gamers and developers alike, but then again what console has?

GameStop's president Tony Bartel expressed his opinions on the Japanese giant's latest hardware.

We've been very consistent every time we're asked about the Wii U, really what they needed was two things: they needed strong first-party titles, which we think that they are getting; and they also needed to do a better job of explaining exactly what the connected tablet--as we like to call it--how you actually use that. I think they are going to do a great job on both of those.

It's an influential vote of confidence for the Wii U to have, and given Nintendo's strong presence at both E3 and Gamescom recently along with the upcoming slew of first-party exclusives, the console really is going from strength to strength. GameStop's vice president Mike Hogan added that Mario Kart 8 was likely the first indicator that things were improving, having sold nearly 3 million copies to date worldwide.

Bartel also made his position on Amiibo clear, stating that he "would not sell Amiibo short either". Judging by the popularity of the the Skylanders and Disney Infinity series Nintendo could be appealing to an entirely new audience, and the figures' ability to be used across multiple games is not only more incentive to buy the models, but to buy more than one of the games they are compatible with.

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