Eight years ago today on the 18th November 2012, Nintendo's Wii U hit the market in North America. Coming off the back of the Wii, Nintendo's most successful home console of all time, hopes were no doubt high for this latest system, but we all know how the story goes from there.
With its blocky GamePad controller and HD visuals – a first for Nintendo at the time – the Wii U soon appeared in Europe on 30th November and in Japan on 8th December the very same year. Customers could opt for either a 'Basic' white set with 8GB of memory, or a 'Premium' black set with 32GB of memory and a copy of either Nintendo Land or ZombiU.
Of course, the Wii U sadly turned out to be something of a flop going by Nintendo's usually lofty standards; now discontinued, the console only ever shifted 13.56 million units worldwide. There are plenty of theories behind this – the branding was confusing for customers, third-party support wasn't as strong as it might have been – but ultimately, Nintendo decided to wrap things up earlier than expected and launch itself into a new generation with the Switch, which has already demolished Wii U's lifetime sales.
While some Wii U owners might feel a little aggrieved, the Switch has also given Nintendo the opportunity to rerelease some of the failed console's best titles, offering them up to a much larger audience. Looking back at Wii U's best-selling games, there are plenty of fantastic titles available for the system – in many ways, it's a shame it never took off as Nintendo might have hoped.
Did you buy a Wii U? Do you still have it to this day, or did you regret picking one up? Feel free to share your Wii U memories with us in the comments.
Ah man, that blue border up top brought me back to the older days, when any Nintendo news was deemed exciting, when times were tough, but we pulled through nonetheless, look at our boy now
I'm glad it failed because it means we got the switch faster...
Loved and still love my WII U, such a shame it was not supported as well as it should have been. It now has pride of place in my retro/man cave and I still play it loads. Anybody want a game of ten pin bowling on WII U Sports? No regrets what so ever and MK still has a large online community. And I will always remember playing Zelda Wind Waker in glorious HD, happy days and good memories!
PS I love my Switch but when it comes to VC, WII U wins hands down!! Hope you are listening Nintendo?
I bought a wii U at launch. It's still connected to my television. I love it. But it's mostly just an emulation box now. I really wish that they had made the gamepad smaller.
Picked mine up day one after work from blockbuster video. I asked the guy “have you sold lots of these today?” He “said no you are the first one” it was 5:30pm. First sign of trouble!
I said it before and I'll say it again: Miiverse was great. I can still play my Wii U and have fun with my games, but without Miiverse, the experience isn't quite as enjoyable.
I was initially bummed I couldn't get a Wii U for Bayonetta 2 & SMT/Fire Emblem or Smash because my Dad thought it was just a portable Wii
Watching Sony and Nintendo's E3 conferences back to back in 2015 honestly made me so proud I got a PS4 instead lol
I don’t remember Blockbuster selling consoles. That’s nuts!
@Bryon15 I know it's not the gamepad, but did you get the wii u pro controller? I thought it was a really good controller, but you are right about the main gamepad.
happy birthday, wii u! we hardly knew ye
I remember picking mine up from Game, getting home playing Zombie U and Nintendo Land, the console had some pretty cool features, the home menu was great, but the loading times between apps was awful, even after an update it was still poor.
The internet browser was amazing and expanded on the already good Wii one.
@TheFrenchiestFry we dont talk about that press conference
"Did you buy a Wii U ?"
Yes, i did. 😀
"Do you still have it to this day, or did you regret picking one up ?"
I still playing my Wii U but not oftenly as 4 years ago when i bought my Wii U on 10 April 2016.
I only have 8 Wii U games at the best with 3 of them has been ported to Switch as it's really hard to find another decent Wii U games in physical.
@daisygurl Nintendo Land is only really playable with a tablet + TV simultaneously, not possible on the Switch.
So many memories playing all the Megaman Battle Network Games.
@NikHogan come on
Nintendo obviously brought the big guns. Amiibo Festival should've totally overshadowed Shenmue III and FFVII
I love my Wii U, still hooked up to my TV to play it's great library of games, Wii games, and VC/eShop games. Without a doubt has/had the best eShop format of any Nintendo system, I don't know what they're doing with the Switch's eShop, what a mess, I wish they would just copy what they did on the Wii U eShop.
I love the Wii u console. It’s still connected and still game on it. The Wii u pro controller is great to hold. Great games
It's sad that one of the best Nintendo consoles was also one of the worst selling.
Many of my friends didn't even know what a Wii U was. But once they saw experienced Nintendoland they loved it. Early on there was great 3rd party support like Assassin's creed, Mass Effect, Call of Duty and several others. Though the big names stopped showing up there was always great Indy support and the Nintendo games were amazing.
I still recommend this system to people that haven't played videogames in awhile because it can play almost every Nintendo games, including every Zelda game ever made to this day.
The only reason I can think that it was a failure was bad marketing. As I mentioned before none of my friends know what it was, but many played videogames and had a Wii.
@karatekid1612 Yes I got a wii u pro controller. A white one. It's really nice. The battery is amazing. I really wanted an extra, but never got around to getting a second one.
Love our Wii U. Painfully slow to go back to now, but we still have it and it remains a special console in my house.
WiiU is the only console I bought that I sold away. Nuff said.
@Boxmonkey I mean, two things stick out.
1) Blockbuster? That explains itself right there.
2) Was this at launch? The Wii U was sold out nearly everywhere and hard to find. They sold over 400,000 the first week in the states; nearly what the Wii moved. And the Wii U was $50-$100 more, depending on the set you got.
The Wii U did well at launch. Its problems came later.
I've bought more Wii/Wii U and 3DS games in the last year than I have Switch games.
Bought it at launch and whilst I love it to this day, I do consider my launch purchase to have been hype driven and honestly, I feel it remains a flawed system with a flawed premise and no amount of extra advertising and support would have saved it. In its drive to offer a unique product, Nintendo went after the rising popularity of tablets and the dual screen success of its DS and 3DS.
My hubby bought ours for our 5 year wedding anniversary (6 years ago). We still have it, and it's been making a comeback with our kids! I had introduced wiisports to them a month or two ago. Lately they've been really into Mario Maker (they love using the amiibo for that). Lots of good gaming memories, and more will probably be made!
Its the best Nintendo console,but people ignored it.And then went crazy for the Switch.Even tought its essentially a portable Wii U with detachable controller(or straight up a portable Wii U in the case of Switch mini).Even the exclusive games are mostly either Wii U ports or sequels of Wii U games.I'm not saying Switch its a bad console,just that most of the good things about it where already on Wii U.
The Wii U was fantastic. I loved my Wii U. I still have lots of games for it too. I played it more than I played the other consoles. I put so much time into it. I used to take it to places and play games with other people, and they were shocked by how much they loved it. Still one of my favorite consoles. Its very fun, and I had lots of games, and it was a blast to play.
I bought a Used one in holiday of 2015. I felt late to the game but it was only 2 years old, and it was dead by then too. I got it off the Nintendo.com online store and still can’t believe the insane deals I found on some games on there. Mario Kart 8 and New Mario U for just 20 bucks. I defended Star Fox when it came out, but there really wasn’t much else coming out back then. Still play it fairly often.
I loved my Wii u, got very fond memories of it... Left it at my parent's when I moved out a few months back and wish I could go back and get it for BotW
@Tsusasi unfortunately the wii u sold terribly in the uk! I’ve never met another person that owned the system. At my workplace we probably have 30-40 PlayStation and Xbox owners. Not one wii u owner. Switch is a different story though.
Really liked the Wii U and I'm glad it picked it up in 2013 but interest dropped after the awful E3 2015 and further dropped when Nintendo decided to pretty much port everything to Switch (became very clear from December 2017 onwards) but porting everything to Switch is easily the right decision.
I still have it set up as there are still some gems left that aren't on the Switch though I could see that not be the case by around 2022/2023.
No doubt about it, the Switch is a success because the Wii U was a failure (vast majority of the Switch 1st party lineup are Wii U ports and projects cancelled for Wii U so they could be Switch exclusives).
To be perfectly honest, as good as the Switch is, I actually still think the Wii U is the better console. It doesn't help that half the Switch's library are ports from Wii U. Also, free online, which I don't remember being worse than Switch's. Virtual Console was great too.
Still set up and ready for use. Great console despite it's retail performance. I mean, the controller has a screen which shows the gameplay from a good distance away from the console!! It's crazy, even now in 2020!!!
I find it a bit sad that POSSIBLY all we're going to get from Nintendo for a while is the Switch concept. There's nothing better than watching the reveal of a new Nintendo console and being amazed.
Still have a ton of great Wii and Wii U games (along with a few N64 ones) on there. I wouldn't recommend one now, but it was definitely worth the purchase for me at the time, and the Switch could stand to learn a lot from it (like additional Virtual Console games, a real Activity Log, and folders)!
Our Wii U is still hooked up and works great. I actually bought Xenoblade Chronicles X recently and can't wait to start it!
I own a Legend of Zelda themed Wii U and it still stands proudly on my media center and is connected to the TV. I love this machine... it has a small but great library of games, plus it also plays all the Wii titles, too!
Pre-Covid my wife and I regularly had friends over for local Nintendo multiplayer parties, and besides the usual Smash and Mario Kart battles on the Switch, there was always an hour that we spent playing Mario Chase (from Nintendo Land) with five players. Looking forward to a time when this is possible again!
My favorite Wii U games might be Breath of the Wild, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Smash and Super Mario Maker. Favorite 3rd party game maybe Deus Ex.
But I also had a great time playing Yoshi‘s Woolly World with my 5 year old, and I love Captain Toad, and Shovel Knight and Fast Racing Neo were also fantastic... boy, so many great memories, I could go on and on
I maintain that it was a good idea with poor, poor execution. It was poorly marketed and even more poorly supported with software. There were weeks at a time with basically no releases at all. And many casual consumers did not even understand that it was a new console, as opposed to some add on to the Wii.
Add to it the terrible battery life and pathetic range of the game pad and that sealed the deal.
But it could have worked. Software sells hardware, not the reverse. If they had consistent releases and hard advertised like they do now with Switch, the Wii U would have done far better.
I have fantastic memories with this console. It will always be a favorite of mine, along with the GameCube. Cheers to Wii U!
I got my first job so I could buy a Wii U when it came out, what an exciting day it was when I finally got it! I was rarely displeased with the quality of the games on Wii U, and I'd amassed quite a collection, but those droughts were definitely what killed it. Really the Switch isn't too far off from that pace, but I think the portability and greater indie support are what have pushed it to such heights.
Thinking about my Wii U ownership, I got the ZombiU package and I still haven't played the game!
It’s stretching the truth to call breath of the wild a wii u game. I actually sold my wii u because of the delay knowing they would release it on their next console simultaneously.
Newbie here but I've been gaming for ~30 years now.
I own two Wii U systems! Both the black 32GB and a physical copy of nearly every title Nintendo released for the system.
It's basically the equivalent of the Sega Dreamcast for me. Underrated, misunderstood, no chance against the marketing power of Sony/Microsoft being at the top of their game. But quality 1st/2nd party titles that are thankfully getting much deserved love on the Switch.
@ImagineerNik I fully understand you. Having to spend so much time at home due to the Covid situation, I spent a lot of time on ebay to add to my GC, Wii and Wii U games collections. And also played them, of course!
I watched probably about 80% of Breaking Bad through the Gamepad controller and Netflix 🤦♂️ good times!!
Nearly forgot...... Call of Duty Black Ops 2 on the WII U, arh fond memories of shooting up other players around the world online, or should I say getting shot up and KIA most of the time by other players around the world Yep, happy days!!
I am still a proud 32G black Wii U owner, and I still play it from time to time when the family is playing on the Switch. I actually just finished Skyward Sword on the Wii U (I miss VC sometimes). Unfortunately it never took off the way the Wii did (or the way Switch has), but there are several great games on the system. I'm going to hang on to mine for a long time.
I still boot mine up occasionally (just played Metroid Fusion on it a few weeks ago, actually), but for the most part I vastly prefer the Switch. The Wii U always felt like a solution in search of a problem...
The Wii U was definitely not Nintendo's finest moment, but they helped create a lot of great experiences. Wii U is one of my favorite consoles I own.
Love my Wii-U and had tonnes of fun with it. Seeing Memes on Miiverse pop up on the home page was the best!
Plus it's evident its first party line up was amazing since 80% of it is now on the Switch and most have sold amazingly.
@LunarFlame17 Indeed. One feature I remember being mentioned was the ability to play on the gamepad screen when the TV is in use by someone else. In the old days when I was a kid and families maybe only had one TV this would have been a winner, but not now.
It was a great console, our whole family loved it.
I still have my Wii U hooked up. Haven't been playing it that much though, since I have a Switch. I'm still keeping mine since I have a ton of downloadable games on it, including VC games. It's basically a retro game machine at this point, lol. I sometimes play Xenoblade Chronicles X on it, too. Some Wii U games still remain on my backlog too, like DKC: Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta. (My copy of Bayonetta 2 came with the first one too, which is cool.)
I have the deluxe set that came with Nintendo Land, I got that as a Christmas present. Super Mario 3D World is still one of my favorite Mario games, that was a great time when first playing it! I also remember getting Mario Kart 8 in the mail the day before its release date - that felt really, really good.
l still want one actually
Happy memories. Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, Splatoon, Twilight Princess HD and Breath of the Wild were among the best games of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, with more top-quality titles in the console's library besides. Still got it, still play it regularly even after getting a Switch.
Touch screen on a controller was bloody lush! Inventory, inputs and maps were a dream. Miiverse was cool. Splatoon was sublime on the system. This will be a much sought after console one day.
I'll always be a Wii U supporter.
I bought mine on launch day. I think the game pad concept was a great idea when you consider the successful dual screen gaming of the DS, brought to the home console. With it, better immersion in games like Zombie U, Batman Arkham City and Deus Ex through the hacking gameplay.
It was easy to think the new hardware concept would result in more clever ideas with more 3rd party support. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out that way.
Still, the console had some amazing games and it’s good to see some of them ported to Switch for a second chance.
Still own my Zelda 32GB Edition brought in DAY-1 (I trade Zelda Code lately for some Wii games) and my first 3 WiiU games Call of Duty: BlackOps 2, Need For Speed: Most Wanted U and Mass Effect 3. WiiU quickly become one of my favorite consoles ... GameCube lead and Dreamcast closed my personal TOP3 chart
@SigourneyBeaver I still think it would have been much more successful if they had just packed it with a regular controller and marketed as an HD Wii. They were just trying to do too much with it. You could even do video calls with it, for crying out loud! Did anyone ever use that feature?
@Mr_Persona Merry Xmas, treat yourself! You won't regret it
I did enjoy the Wii U and glad I got the black one. Ours is still hooked up, but going back to it now isn't great. It's slow and clunky, the Gamepad isn't great to hold.
Somehow the Wii U had better online features than it's otherwise better successor. Wii U had more features in this regard and they were free. Don't know how we went to paying for a worse service.
The poor Wii U was so unknown. I have all the Nintendo consoles from NES thru Switch hooked up still to my main TV. So of course all of them being in plain view, they're something people comment on when they come over. But the Wii U is the one they ask what it even is because no one recognizes it.
One of my biggest regrets not getting a Wii u during it's time. My bro bought one hoping I'd get one too but I wasn't interested in gaming at the time. Now he doesn't game anymore and I partially believe it's because I did get one. I love my switch, but some of the features like virtual console. The HD Zeldas and the other games that haven't made it to switch really sound appealing to me. I've bought all of the deluxe games apart from Pikmin 3 and love them all except Bayonetta 1 and 2 (I put 20 hours into both and they just didn't click for me, sorry bayo fans!)
Awesome system! Still have mine plugged in and use daily to play my library of great Wii/WiiU games.
Still love both of mine. Glad the era of region locking ended however. With access to the wii library, VC and the WiiU library it is probably the closest we will get to a super system/all in one box. I still think the game pad was the best thing to happen to inventory screens and strategy games.
I need a third one now that i think about it.
Wii U will always be my console of choice when it comes to local multiplayer.
The asymmetric play it brought with the gamepad is a blast.
Nintendo Land and Game & Wario are easily most played in my household.
Ah, the Wii U. Has some good games on here. Which you can now just play em on Switch.
I still have my Wii U, but sold most of my games except Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD, Skyward Sword, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Those four you can't get on Switch. Man, I still love me some Wind Waker HD.
What a bad console. Built on the premise of second screen gaming because that was the trend. Focused on solo play over multiplayer... poor launch line-up (and first 10 months generally). It was like the anti-Nintendo console.
Good games that have helped maintain engagement on the Switch. Failure is just success-work-in-progress and if it wasn’t for the Wii U, there wouldn’t have been Switch.
Or Mario Maker
That was 8 YEARS AGO?!? Dang I'm older than I thought
@Kochambra Yeah, Windwaker HD without getting to read other peoples message in a bottle and send your own out is just not as fun...
To this day, I still know friends and family who think the Wii U is either a Wii accessory or a chunkier, thiccer Switch.
Wii U. The console Nintendo is trying to forget ever existed.
Y'know, I actually wanted a Wii U at one point, just to be able to play Super Mario Galaxy 2 and other Wii games (and some other Wii U games, like Smash 4), but then my mom screwed up and got me a Wii mini instead... then I realized she was saving to get a Switch the next year and then I forgot all about it later until now
My Wii U is mainly my VC hub now. Lol. I actually do have a large variety of downloads on it but vast majority aren't wii u retail games. It was a good console which tanked.
Switch is doing great now. So, all's good in the end.
I love my Wii U. Tons of great games, some of which those who skipped out on it will probably never see (Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Paper Mario Color Splash) --but at least they have their share of the best ones, thanks to 3DS and Switch (SM3DW, NSMBU, MK8, BOTW, Yoshi). It does have a very robust VC that even includes N64, GBA, and DS games--while I prefer playing the latter two on my actual handhelds, VC is certainly a very affordable option for these games, and one that those who skipped out on it will likely never see.
The console may have failed commercially, but love it or hate it, Switch wouldn't be where it is now without it--and be honest, there's at least one Wii U game in your top 5 most played Switch titles. As for me, still a proud Wii U owner to this day--and yes, I still play the system. Genuinely one of the best multiplayer systems around, and the GamePad feels really nice in the hands.
No regrets here, whatsoever. I really loved, and still really love the Wii U. Currently play it for Wii Fit U, although I seem to have trouble with the motion controls registering right.
I still wish I was able to get one. I was stuck with my Wii until 2018 and I finally was able to get a Switch. One of my favorite Wii U memories is when my mom's workplace got a Wii U w/3D World and Nintendoland and I played it that whole summer. One of the best summers I've ever had.
I have all my systems dating back to my mega drive from 1993 set up in the man cave and the Wii U is no exception. I really supported it and have a vast majority of the games physically. However, it was a SLOW machine and I had a nightmare connecting it online and doing the day one update back in 2014.
Still, it has some excellent, gorgeous looking games. My son loves playing New Super Mario Bros U and Captain Toad and I have many more games sitting, unplayed in my back log.
VC is also excellent on it (not quite sure what some people are on about with the emulation on NES, SNES and N64 titles; I’ve literally swapped the image between the two mini consoles and the same game on VC and seen no difference whatsoever. As for N64 it looks a hell of a lot better than my original N64 running into a crt tv through component (plus save states are a godsend!)
Was it perfect? No. Did it have frustrating droughts of games? Yes. Was it fun to play regardless? Oh Yes!!!
I owned a Wii U for Mario Kart 8, Super Smash and a bunch of virual console games. Bought it to compliment the Xbox One I had at the time. Really loved the pro controller & system in general. Shame it had so few games
IDGAF what anyone says, I LOVED the Wii U. That console got me back into gaming after a few year hiatus and it was also my kids’ first console.
It really is sad that this console crashed and burned so badly. Even tho it was dated when it was launched, it was still cool and had a lot of character and charm. As a child of the 70s and 80s, I was blown away by the graphics immediately.
I think there was a market for my age group here- people who grew up with early systems then got away from them. I really en the few games that made use of the game pad and also liked the second screen in the living room to play, surf and watch something else. As we are seeing with the ports and sales, it really did have some gems.
I remember really enjoying my time with the Wii U. Underrated console in my opinion. Lots of high quality first party output that thankfully wasn’t port heavy.
What is a Wii U?
For anyone who hates the Wii U, let me make this very clear. Yes, it was one of Nintendo's worst-selling consoles, but it did so much right. Many people call it a bad console because of its sales. They only pay attention to sales and nothing else. It did so much more than that.
The Wii U was Nintendo's first step into HD. New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land were so great. Nintendo Land was so much more than a Wii U tech demo. The asymmetric gameplay it provided was nothing short of nostalgic. I still play this game even to this day for my Youtube channel. I also have so many memories of playing it with family and friends alike.
The Wii U is also home to so many great games. Sure, the third-party support was lacking, but most of the games it offered were really fun. Plus, the entire catalog of the Wii is compatible with the Wii U. People push this console away because of the branding and the sales. It offered so much like controllers that have joysticks that don't drift (looking at you, Switch), really great games, amiibo, and so much more.
I just want to give a voice of reason when it comes to the Wii U. This console offers so much and it's such a shame that people push it away because of its sales. This underrated system gives me so many memories and will continue to give me memories for years to come. The Wii U will always be one of my top favorite Nintendo consoles. So, the next time you or anyone else says the Wii U is a bad console, maybe this comment will make you think twice.
Top 30 great Wii U games that still had not been ported to Switch yet:
Mass Effect III: Special Edition
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Sonic: Lost World
Need For Speed: Most Wanted U
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transform
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Rodea the Sky Soldier: Double Pack
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Monster Hunter 3 ULTIMATE
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
Citizens of Earth
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Fatal Frame V: Maiden of Black Water
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 COMPLETE (the version with all e-Reader levels unlocked)
Yoshi's Wolly World
Star Fox Zero Guard
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
Totally misunderstood and underrated console.
Proud to own one.
I actually love the system to bits, primarily because it has BY FAR the most complete Nintendo library that will probably ever exist. Most of the best from GBA, DS, NES, SNES, N64, GCN, and Wii.
Nearly every game in the following series are available:
There weren't many spectacular exclusives, but for a hardcore Nintendo fan, it's practically like owning some fancy illegal Nintendo emulator.
When going back to the WiiU it always surprises me how much more solid and sturdy it feels compared to the switch.
Day One for me with Wii U . I had it delivered to my place of work , got it home and remembered i had to go out , didn't set it up till the next day. .
Most underrated console of our time. Yes poor marketing and naming probably didn't help.
But i found myself playing this console so much. .
I still use it till this day and game on it regularly , but not everyday like i use to.
Miiverse was excellent and was gutted when it was discontinued.
With over 70 physical games and over 60 digital games i have lots to get through on Wii U. Hence why i never purchased a Switch.
I had purchased my Xbox one at Christmas 2016 so a new console the following year was out of the question anyhow.
I might one day pick up the White version Wii U as a spare as i would hate to not be able to play my Wii U games.
Maybe when Nintendo do their next console i might dive in. .
For now for my Nintendo fix my Wii U and 2DS will suffice. Along with my Wii , Gamecube, N64 , and SNES. All of which are hooked up ready to play .
Wii U never forgotten by those that took the plunge in 2012 Christmas.
the Switch is pretty much a portable Wii U!
the positives of owning a Wii U: backward compatibility with the original Wii, and that you can play some games from the GBA, and DS library via virtual console.
you can play almost all the A-list games from the Wii U on Switch (MK8D, DK Tropical Freeze, NSMBUD, Pikmin 3, TLOZ:BOTW, and SMB 3D World) but, of course, you’ll have to pay to own them again on your newer system. Even 3D All Stars, with the exception of Sunshine, you can play SM64 and Galaxy 1 (and Galaxy 2) on Wii U.
@Anti-Matter you're interviewing yourself....
Funnily enough I've just dug out the old WiiU for a bit of Christmas gaming fun. Some great games, but those Wii remotes are so clunky with the various attachments you have to plug in. Fortunately my third party Pro Controllers are still working.
I still have mine connected.
I still have 2 of them. And even one brand new
8 years and I still have that baby. It gave me a lot of joys, and it still does. It was the black sheep of consoles, but I love my black sheep
The Wii U is still hooked up in the living room where my two sons play Hyrule Warriors, Breath of the Wild, Capt. Toad, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and Yoshi's Woolly World. I still play Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles X on it from time to time.
@Sissyrobyn996 Yes your probably right. EA have to much hold over the games AS FAR AS INFLUENCE GOES.
Once EA abandoned the console in the first few months other publishers followed suit. I think only Ubisoft stuck a round for a while and releasing quite a few games on the system. To think we never got a Tomb Raider on Wii U as Square Enix quickly pulled the plug after Dues Ex.
The same can be said for the Dreamcast. EA would not support it because they wanted to be the leading Sports publisher on the console. Sega had just bought 2K studios to make sports games and said i don't think so. EA just walked away saying well when the Dreamcast sells a million consoles they would Support it from what i read. . Dreamcast sold a Million well quick , EA ignored them , Truth is you need the casual gamers to succeed and with out your Fifa 's , Madden's , Need For Speed's ,SSX of the time the Dreamcast now matter how great it's library failed to get traction once PS2 WAS looming which had all those EA franchises.
Same with Wii U , a year after launch , PS4 and Xbox One had all those EA games . Casual gamers voted with their wallets by buying the competition. .
To the mass audience, I felt like it was super underappreciated. Like, I remember seeing a bunch of people say how they were interested in all/most of its exclusives, but just refused to buy one. Its one thing to not be interested in the library, but yeah.
Nintendo did butcher the marketing though an boy, its great to have a steady flow of games on Switch.
Great memories of the wiiu, Nintendoland, wii sports club, zelda remakes, sm3dw, bayonetta 2, xbcx -There were more great games and ideas than what warrants the flop. Mine’s still connected and still gets some playtime by both me and the kids.
Also a pity they suspended miiverse. It was fun while it lasted (it still is).
@KryptoniteKrunch , Yes marketing was a low for them. I remmeber the Christmas advert for Wii U , which wasn't that bad. But it got pulled by the Advertising Standards board in the UK for misinterpretation as it implied that all games could be played on the Gamepad , (which not all could) as some needed both the TV and the Pad. Instead of adapting the advert or making a new one. they just gave up advertising it all together and this was a month after launch. Having just bought the console i did feel from a advertising point that they where giving up on the whole hope of selling any. I love the console but i was like should I sell it , but my Xbox 360 had just gone RROD in the December and i thought no , i need a games console of a modern generation to play on.
@KITG_GROUP Dreamcast lost because of a few major factors. At the time DVD players were still prohibitively expensive and the PS2 was the cheapest DVD player you could purchase. So people bought a DVD player and found they liked playing games too. In fact, people waited because they wanted the DVD player (and Sony always oversold their console's capabilities, especially the PS2).
Second, Sega pissed off major retailers by surprise launching the console. Not only were there no games from third parties ready for sale, the GD-Rom discs they were on had issues (and had less capacity than DVD). So much that KB Toys just refused to carry the console entirely.
Third, like the Wii U the Dreamcast launched out of sync with society. Networking was a huge feature for the console at a time when very few people were playing online outside of PC gamers.
So yeah, EA being whiny about sports games exclusively was an issue (which they monopolized later by buying exclusive rights to leagues), it wasn't the only thing that sunk the Dreamcast.
Doing something different is a gamble at best, but in the case of Sega's Dreamcast and Nintendo's Wii U they both did many, many things that basically killed the console before it got out of the gates.
@N8tiveT3ch The only issue is they developed it too fast and was the reason joycon drift was likely overlooked and the reason they used a stock X1 chipset from nvidia which had no security whatsoever.
The Wii U was a great media machine. Best way to browse the web on your TV, and had a good selection of streaming apps.
Very few other advantages - but I still passionately advocated it at the time. Gotta take the rough with the smooth I guess
I like my Wii U, I have the Zelda Wind Waker special edition. Honestly just the lack of third parties is the strike against it, but I have my PS4 for that. It worked great as a second console, the same way Switch does. And even then, I’ve been playing my Switch less than I played my Wii U.
I bought it fairly early after they started releasing bundle deals.
I didn't like it from the start and feel it is big fragile hunk of junk. I regret buying it and for several reasons.
Then the game cancellations started and this dud of a console was the worst Nintendo product ever. Even the virtual console sucked compared to Wii.
Boo Nintendo... took me years to give in to supporting Switch and you could have lost me and many others if you they didn't turn it all around.
Still love my Wii U and have it hooked up to my bedroom TV.
@WCB It was a great system, feel like there's a lot of hate but I really enjoyed it.
The Wii U was the first gaming console where I had to meet a delivery truck driver to pick mine up, in person, due to circumstances. My first Wii U addiction was Donkey Kong’s Crash Course in NintendoLand.
Overall, I loved the Wii U and played some amazing games. I loved Super Mario 3D World, loved Tropical Freeze, and by this point, I have a nostalgic soft spot for a genuinely terrible eShop game, The Letter!
The Wii U did me well, but I confess... the moment the Switch was revealed, and how the Switch handled in my hands, I knew the Wii U was more or less done for, regarding my time and attention.
I love you, Wii U! Warts and all! Yet, as of this writing, my Wii U is not connected to the TV, and is instead safely tucked away in my gaming closet.
I call it "My Affordable Space Adventures machine".
@Jokerwolf True that but no console release is perfect. I still hold Nintendo accountable for not doing anything about it. In fact that is why I swear no allegiance to any major company...all they care about is the money.
The WU flopped because many people were over the gimmick of the Wii, and wanted something more traditional. Instead Nintendo sunk deeper with both the gamepad and the "Wii U" name. I remember vividly the promo video of imaginary golf with the gamepad on the floor and flicking ninja crosses off the gamepad, and thought, "nup, that's crap". I remain proud I boycotted the WU!
I still resent paying full price for the Switch ports of Wii U games. Nintendo could have offered us loyal fans a discount for buying the originals and supporting their failed console...
Wii U is probably my favourite console since N64 and I have both the white 8GB and a black 32GB with MK8 built in. I recently upgraded to Switch, so haven't been playing it much lately, but it is still hooked up, sat next to my Wii and Switch. Wii U is still the go-to when playing games with the kids - being able to connect Wiimotes means the whole family can play MK8 or SSB4 together.
Underrated, underapreciated and underloved. Notice that Switch's best selling title (MK8) is a WiiU title plus Battle Mode and has managed to sell so far 28 Million, which is more than the double of WiiU's lifetime sale.
WiiU and vita were some of the best handhelds we had in a while. They basically paved the way for the switch.
@N8tiveT3ch I feel you, I am not a fanboy either.
The best way to play Splatoon. We have three Wii Us. It is a much better system than given credit for, but I get the shade thrown its way.
I had a Wii u day one, a switch on day one, a snes on day one. Yet in here I'm considered a troll because I want a more powerful switch.
I loved my Wii u... not as much as my dreamcast but a very close second.
I forgot to mention Free online and voice chat with Call of Duty.!!!!
Back in 2012 we lived about 5 minutes away from a blockbuster video, one day I was going past and they advertised that they were taking pre-orders so I put one in. After it was done they said 'we're not opening for a midnight launch' I was like that's ok, they replied 'We're opening at 8AM on the day. When I collected my Wii-U the lady in there told me 'that it will take an hour to setup' I thought it won't be that long but it was. A good console, a bit weird at times. I fired it up the other day and I was like 'Hello old friend, the prototype to the Switch'
I liked the Wii-U
Day One buyer here, and had a great time with ZombiU, Super Mario Bros U, Little Inferno and Nano Assault Neo. I wasn't very good at it, but after filling up my friends list from a forum thread here, Nano Assault Neo became my favorite Wii U game for the leaderboards and Miiverse. Soon after launch we picked up Skylanders Giants; I watched my kids sink about 500 hours into that game before the next Skylanders game came out in 2013. I loved, and still love, my Wii U.
Love Switch. It's very possible that I have played the Wii U more at this point, even with my huge BotW play time, though. Nintendo Land still gets played in our home from time to time.
Nintendo Land was great, but the look and style of it was so, so weird and I think it was the presentation and the worry that it was mini-games like early Wii days that put people off. Everyone I got to show it to and play with it had great impressions of it. The asynchronous play was great for local play.
Sadly, the promise of the Wii U GamePad was overshadowed by iPad and tablets and trying too hard to be too many things. If it was a solid controller with the same-sized screen in the middle, it would have done better, I think.
There are ways that these games, even Nintendo Land, could work again, it would just take two Switches that communicated with each other, one docked one not. I have a feeling the 2-Switch household is pretty common nowadays.
@KITG_GROUP dreamcast didn't need ea because the 2k sports games were really good and lived on beyond the dreamcast's passing
Fond memories of November 30th, got my Zombi U Wii U with pro controller. I also got Mass effect 3 special edition, CoD Blops 2, Avengers Battle for earth, Batman Arkham city Armoured edition, Assassin's creed 3, Nintendoland, Tekken tag tournament 2, Mario Bros U and Warriors Orochi 2 hyper edition. Was a good launch for myself as I had held off getting those games on PS3, specifically to get them on Wii U. The first day it was mainly updating and also took 3 hours for the Pikmin to transfer my WiiWare games and saves across, poor little tykes were knackered by the end of it. then I played Zombi U for 5 hours straight later in the evening. Loved it.
"First Launched"? When was the second launch? Or are we considering the Switch to be the Wii Us second launch? 😂
My son is playing Bayonetta on Wii U right now. On a Wii Classic Controller Pro plugged into a blue Wiimote Plus.
I love my WiiU and still play it regularly, I have finally just completed Breath of the wild on it after 175 hours and I'm currently playing through paper mario colour splash with my 5 year old daughter and she loves it. I have never thought of it as a 'failed' console and the fact that the majority of switch games are just re released wiiu games proves that it had an epic games library. I think the gamepad is extremely comfy despite its size and some of the games that utilised the gamepad were truly innovative, such as ZombiU and star for zero. No regrets what so ever, I just wish everyone would stop the WiiU hate just because it never got the credit it deserved!
I've been playing my Wii U again since Saturday, actually. Still a few great exclusives left on it. And ZombiU rules.
Was there at launch. Stood outside my local ShopKo and picked up one of the 2 deluxe editions they got in. Still remember playing NintendoLand with the kids. Bought 3 titles at launch; NSMB, MASS EFFECT 3, and ZOMBIU. Migrated my Wii to it. Picked up an external hard drive. It still sits under my TV.
I felt it actually had one of the strongest launch line ups in the history of gaming. Every game had been tweaked and altered with extra features. 360 no scoping with a wiimote in Blops 2, mass effect had controller microphone communication and squad commands, Batman had second screen map integration and gyro gadgets, warriors Orochi had second screen split screen (as did Blops 2), assassin's creed 3 supported 3D, gamepad map and hudless main screen for cinematic immersion. If anything the games tried too hard to use half the tech in the console and gamepad.
Love the wii u honestly. Lot of good stuff including.....wait for it.......VC
The best home console ever made! The fact it still has so much untapped potential is absolutely criminal.
On the plus side, us Wii U owners can get spare Wii U accessories and stuff for fairly cheap, because of the console's unpopularity.
@nessisonett Oh hey, you're back.
I thought it was a decent console at the time but I understand why it failed. It was so enchanting seeing how vastly some games had improved in terms of graphics, especially pikmin 3. Looking back I realize that Wii U was bascially an early version of the Nintendo Switch. Confusing marketing, slow load times and poor software soft just didn't let this console reach what it could've been. It wasn't going to be a huge success, but the degree of failure could've been toned down. Being able to use the tablet to game instead of the TV was nice, so was being able to draw on, then share artwork on the tablet. Not to mention such a nice interface for Super Mario Maker, really brought that to life. All things have their place in history, and I hope the Wii U won't be thought of as so much of a flop, but rather an early version of what the Switch was to be.
I picked one up Day 1 and I still find myself playing it here or there. Obviously not as much as my Switch, but that's to be expected.
I never understood the hate for the Wii U. I thought it was a great console. Judging by how successful many of the Wii U ports have been, I think people were interested in the games but didn't have enough faith in the console or the gamepad. I mean, Nintendo themselves basically stopped supporting the gamepad. The whole thing was basically a failed Nintendo Switch experiment that eventually led to the Switch itself, but it's nonetheless an incredibly charming console with a great library. Even if you ignore all the 1st party games, it has a solid virtual console line up. In fact, it's my preferred way to revisit N64 games at the moment, especially DK64 which actually runs at a higher framerate on the VC. Most people I talked to who didn't buy a Wii U clearly didn't understand what it was, with the majority of my friends thinking it was the same thing as a Wii.
Still, the Switch is definitely better and I'm hyped for Mario 3D World Deluxe to arrive next year.
@karatekid1612 I own PS4, Xbox One, Switch etc, but only Wii U is in my mancave too. The other consoles in my home cinema.
The hardware itself is rather poor, but some incredible games - I own more than 100 myself.
Still have and play/buy games for it via eShop and a 1TB HD. Basic set with 3 white Pro Controllers in great condition, though I had to send in the GamePad for repair once.
Not a day one buyer as I never buy anything at launch, but I am proud that I get to enjoy the Wii U's library of games with my boys.
My Wii U will remain hooked up even though so many of it's exclusive games have been rereleased on the Switch. It's one of the best, if not the best systems for local multiplayer. Add Wii backwards compatibility and the virtual console and there's still plenty of life in Nintendo's most under appreciated home console.
I still boot mine up and play on it. I have the switch and won't redip on zelda or mario kart so I have to play on it.
For me the Wii U was perfect. When the TV was busy I used the gamepad on the couch. Gamepad was so comfy for my bigger hands.
Now I have the Switch I use it the same way as the Wii U and have installed Hori Split Pad Pro controllers as the Switch is way too small.
P.S The Wii U pro controller and gamepad are perfect for games that use the right analog stick a lot such as Splatoon; Zelda BoTW; FPS etc as the right analog stick is above the buttons in a much more natural position for your thumb.
Still playing it occasionally ..
Yep, I still have my Wii U. I still play games on it every now and again. I need to pick up a few VC games before that service ends, plus there are a couple of backlogged games I have for it like the original Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Yes, there's a Switch version, but I only paid about $20 for my copy.
@N8tiveT3ch That's one way to look at it.
I got my on launch day and still have it to this day although it's not hooked up. It wasn't a bad system still fire up Black Ops II on it every once in awhile.
Even though the Wii U couldn't sell, Nintendo deserves more credit for supporting it until the very end, unlike Sony who completely abandoned the PS Vita once it bombed.
Honestly Nintendo Land needs a Switch sequel. It was an amazingly fun game with such fun mechanics. It's sad it sold poorly due to the Wii U being-well-the Wii U.
Nintendo Land reallt needs a new limelight.
I gor my Wii U for Christmas 2013 when I was just 7. No lie, I've grown up with this thing and my 3DS, since I mostly grew up in that era (I was too young to remember but I did live a bit on the Wii during that era).
I still use my Wii U constantly, probably even more than my Switch. I play Smash 4 all time as I always have, and I'd like to get some more games for it soon as I haven't updated my Wii U library in a year or two. I use it for Wii games while at home as well. It's a really useful and amazing console that sadly Nintendo killed with their advertising and handling. Now they're acting like it's the Wii U's fault it bombed and not their own > : (
I'll take the Wii U over the switch any day; Paired with the 3ds, it was a great generation.
If they hadn't removed the Wii U gamepad functionality from Breath of the world, it would've been the definitive version (for home play anyhow.)
I played my Wii U tonight in honor of it's Anniversary. Managed to get one Mass Effect 3 multiplayer round in, until I searched for ages and couldn't find another player. Played my n64 games, then realized how dark they were on Wii U and went to Wii mode to truly enjoy them since they just look better and play better there. To cap it off, finally downloaded Windwaker, which I know means they'll announce it's coming to Switch because I did that, since that always happens to me
Oh, and I miss Nintendoland. Touched it for ten minutes, then realized how badly I miss playing Mario Chase and Metroid Blast with others.. its not much of a solo experience
@Sakiya get Xenoblade X, Nintendo land, Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 (better than the switch version) Rayman legends, The Zelda Ports (particularly Windwaker) Nes Remix, Affordable Space adventures, Runbow, Super Mario 3d world, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and whatever else, if you haven't already, (Wii U version of these games are much cheaper.)
The biggest problem with the Wii U was obviously the main controller's design, but it's even worse because it just didn't work. "Play your game in the other room on the screen"? How am I supposed to do that when the controller losses connection out the doorway of the room or around the corner?
I still have my Wii U hooked up. I don't play it much anymore, but it has some fun games, plus Virtual Console.
The Wii U is my favourite Nintendo console and I still have it hooked up as my secondary main console, Switch obviously being first.
Just imagining how great Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario Maker 2, and Breath of the Wild could have been if they released on Wii U makes the Switch a sad affair. (And yeah, I'm talking about the real BotW Wii U version, not the adjusted limited Switch port we got instead).
In comparison to Switch the Wii U had games up to 25GB without extra cost (while Switch gets downgrades to fit on 16GB or even 8GB), Wii U has a much better touchscreen, much better motion controls, much better analog sticks and digipad, much sturdier and more dependable hardware, uncopiable and super practical two-screen gameplay, backwards compatibility, two consoles in one, integrated camera and microphone, much cheaper external memory, Miiverse, the internet browser, a nicer eShop, Virtual Console, a customizable main menu with folders, better record of playtime, obviously topnotch exclusive games as well such as Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Woolly World, The Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water, Starfox Zero, Nintendo Land, Game & Wario, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Wii Sports Club, Wii Fit U, and so much more.
And we had top give it all up just to have it portable.
Happy birthday, my 8 year old Wii U. I hope the Switch Pro can be as good as you.
I love this Console.
Games that used the Gamepad as a Menue where really great, like Zelda Wind Waker.
I have many of those games already. I used to have Wind Waker HD but I have no idea what I did with it years ago, either way I have that and Twilight Princess on GC now so I'm not too interested.
Being honest, Game and Wario interests me, Yoshi's Wolly World kind of does too.
@daisygurl. I love it's size it fits my giant hands better, switch hurts some but I do like the portability of the switch.
@kingbk. I have almost every Nintendo system hooked up except for the N64 mine finally gave in.
Ah, yes. Today, the Wii U stands proudly alongside the Virtual Boy as being among the only two Nintendo systems I never owned.
It’s my go to for playing Wave Race!
I liked the Wii U for one. Mainly for it's games though, not so much the Gamepad.
V c is awesome! Some great games still on there, I hope they will port twilight princess to switch. Not a fan of the game pad though but having said that I played games by not even setting it up to the t v! Yeah they should have called it Wii 2 or something xxx
I honestly really liked the console. It had some very good games, Miiverse, the dual screen gaming was good on a lot of games and the console and controller were very sturdy and durable, unlike the Switch.
@Sakiya Game and Wario is surprisingly expensive on ebay, as for Yoshi's wooly world, I don't think its good feel's best game by any means, but I suppose it is a good follow up to Yoshi's Island (much easier though)
@SKTTR I am happy that you brought up the Wii U version of Botw that never was. The gamepad would've made it one of the most functional Open world UI's ever.
Bought in on the Wii U a bit late, but really enjoyed both Nintendoland and Mario Kart 8 with friends for many many hours.
Also, Breath of the Wild kept me occupied and comfotable with not getting a Switch until about a year ago.
@AndyC_MK Not directly,but indirectly definitely.Like i said,Switch its basically portable Wii U,and even has most of the same games.And it sold more than Wii and PS4.
@AndyC_MK it didn't?My bad,i tought it did.
When the Wii u came out I was in a pretty bad spot financially so I had to drop the hobby entirely for several years. During this time the Wii u, 3ds, the ouya, and the psvita all came and went. I remember the thing that always stuck to me was how bad the marketing was, I mean I personally new it was a different system, but for the life of me I still couldn't tell exactly how different it was aside from the game pad and I just remembered seeing all those deluxe edition of third party games being advertised for it.
Aside from the 3ds these were the only Nintendo systems I didn't own. I kind of feel like all they had to do was simply change the name to the Wii Too and they would have made everything clear, it may have captured the casual market in an even better way than the original.
I loved the WiiU... I still feel that it would have been more successful if Nintendo had just pushed it as an HD Wii with Off-TV play on the Gamepad.
Every one that I showed the Off-TV capability to loved it and bought a WiiU so that they could game while their kids or spouse watched TV. It was also quite popular among my friends as a way to let their kids watch Netflix shows while the adults watched shows on the TV.
So much potential and tons of great games... but no one really knew what it was or cared about "Asymmetrical Gameplay" other than Nintendo Land. Just using the Gamepad for a map or inventory management was fantastic... worked great for Shovel Knight, Steamworld, Pikmin, etc.
Being able to play Mario Kart 8 and Zen Pinball on the Gamepad alone made it a worthwhile device.
I really hope the Switch 2 includes a "Dock" with some console capabilities inside... allowing, for example, Player 1 to use the whole TV and Player 2 to use the Switch TV. When actually docked, this would allow for a much more powerful traditional home console.
Fantastic gaming experiences on the WiiU:
Mario Kart 8
Mario 3D World
New Super Mario
Super Smash Bros.
Super Mario Maker
Yoshi's Wooly World
NES Remix 1 & 2
Tank! Tank! Tank!
Bayonetta 1 & 2
Batman Arkham City
Steamworld Dig & Heist
Game & Wario
Starwhal: Just The Tip
Affordable Space Adventures
And many more...
Wii U games sell for normal prices on Amazon most of the time.
I've only ever heard good things about Yoshi's Wolly World. I never really played the original Yoshi's Island all that much, so perhaps an easier take first thing would be optimal anyways.
It's still surprising for me to call the Wii U the definitive Zelda console because it features the most Zelda games out of all Nintendo consoles, even if spin-offs were excluded. Until we know what's in store for the 35th anniversary, the Wii U will remain as THE Zelda console.
My WiiU is still hooked and I still play it sometimes.
I have a backlog of games to finish: Paper Mario Color Splash, Rodea The Sky Soldier, StarFox Zero etc.
I also use it as my main device for Netflix, Youtube and Crunchyroll, since the Gamepad makes typing on the search menu way easier.
@NathanTheAsian The N64 is the Zelda console for me. Ocarina and Majora's were stunning. Quality not quantity
@SigourneyBeaver Ironically enough, both of those games are available on the Wii U via Virtual Console.
When is it expected to come back down from outer space?
Probably my favorite console to this day. Its unpopularity resulted in bargain prices when buying secondhand for the platform. My formidable Wii U collection was thus acquired rather inexpensively. The game library of the system is tremendous when you factor in backwards compatibility with the Wii and everything offered on the eShop. I'm glad to see Nintendo is fortunately getting good returns on their Wii U games thanks to the Switch, but on the other hand, the Switch's overreliance on ports has made it a hard sell for me as a largely satisfied Wii U owner. Can't win 'em all, I guess.
Ok so on its own the WiiU is a 6/10. The OS was crap, everything is so slow in the system setting and things like transferring games across usb devices. The hardware is bus constrained and really is just an HD Wii. It had some great games and a few (too few) games made great use of the gamepad as a truly useful second screen. XenoX, DeusEX, Pikman3, SplinterBL, CODBOP2, And ME3 (just for the real time mapping for combat) all did meaningful things with the second screen. A huge disappointment was no mainline FE game or really any good SRPG which would have been perfectly suited to WiiU.
While I don’t think anything would have made the WiiU a sales success because it was just a clunky system. I have big hands and liked the gamepad as it looks clunky but feels good and is very sturdy. Yet it just wasn’t slick or modern. Thankfully N learned a lot and Switch is everything WiiU was not, an elegant hybrid design with a zippy OS.
Now if you want to make your WiiU an 8/10 then mod it. Nintendo could have easily enhanced the system by doing two things that hackers later gave us. First is GC games on the gamepad. They look and play great, the damned system natively runs GC thru the VWii engine. It would have taken a dev team days to give us VC GC and they wouldn’t do it. Stupid, but mod your wii, put your entire GC library on a SD card and boom the WiiU becomes the best GC player. Similarly N should have given us a VWii gamepad wrapper. This way you could run all your wii stuff that supported pro controller on your gamepad. Again hackers gave us that ability. So not only do I have my entire CG library but I can play Wii greats like XBC, RE4, DKC and FE:RD on the gamepad. So N could have easily given us all of that and charged us and made the platform better but didn’t. Modded WiiU gives you nearly every Nintendo game (ds but no 3ds)thru WiiU on the gamepad or TV and that is pretty impressive.
I still love the Wii U. If just Nintendo didn´t make some mistakes. The marketing was not good. And the main processor was so slow. I think at release of the Wii U the processor was naerly 10 Years old. Thats what made everything so slow and difficult for developers. But the UI and the Miiverse were so lovely( ok not well optimised). But it was so positive in design. It just made me happy. (Like on the wii and 3DS). Thats what the switch really doesn´t offer. The Switch performs greate but there is not much love inside the UI. And the mii´s, what happened to them. Ok you can still design your user as a mii. But that´s it.
I just love my Wii U! Even if it wasn't the commercial success Nintendo would've liked, it was a necessary step to reach the very successful Switch
My worst purchase ever. I hated it.
@Darknyht , Dreamcast had a good launch in both the states and Europe. I know Japan was slow because of shortages . I think your mixing up the Saturn with Dreamcast, It was the Saturn that Sega launched early and pissed of many stores and devs at the time, one of them being EA who had many games in development for the system. . Dreamcast did i a lot more right then wrong. But yes the DVD gamble was a big one. I would have gladly paid another £100 for the Dreamcast at launch if it had a DVD drive. . Not that i needed a DVD player at the time as i already had one.
It was Sony's hype from the previous generation that held peoples attention. And of course Sega's mismanagement and Berne Stolar who who i think was a terrible Sega USA president.
Basically Sega USA had to much power compared to Nintendo USA who are merely a extension of Nintendo Japan.
The Wii U was slightly different. It was the game drought and advertising. Though Sega Europe's poor advertising for Dreamcast didn't help it either. Blowing there budget on sponsering football clubs like Arsenal with Dreamcast logo's and no one new what a Dreamcast was.
@ekwcll No i agree. the 2K sports games where great on DREAMCAST. But you can't deny not having Madden , Fifa , Need for Speed by EA on the console didn't hurt sales to casual gamers who play a lot of those games.
Me i love my Dreamcast , i have six consoles from various regions and play them to this day. . And it's amazing that the Dreamcast is getting new games still , and about ten have been released or to be released this year. Dreamcast lives and it's still a great console whose games still look great.
I picked up the Premium Pack day one at EB Games. I remember getting there a few minutes before opening time, there were two or three other people there. I didn't pick up any additional games to start but Nintendoland was great in those early days.
I've still got it hooked up, but havent played in a year or so. Had some excellent times with Captain Toad, Xenoblade (via Wii VC), NES Remix, Zelda's, Project Zero, etc etc. Miiverse was the bomb and made playing random games a more connected experience. Really loved the VC as well, played through Breath of Fire 2 for the first time on it.
I miss it. Owning a Switch is great, but hasnt felt as exciting as those old Wii U days. Probably because it feels a bit more of the same. Same games thats for sure! Haven't been keen to pick up any remasters, though maybe I will for 3D World as that is one of the best. Proud to have owned a Wii U as I have so many happy memories from it!
I have made the conscious decision to invest in the console and take on the challenge of putting it through its paces. Because of this, the Wii U remains the main console in my house and oftentimes friends come over for a game night where we play local multiplayer games. I love experiencing the wide variety in play styles with all the different controller combinations and wide range of play styles from the most casual to the most hardcore; it really is a system for everyone. I also miss Miiverse and hope it comes back some day- all the games that used it now feel incomplete in some way and Wara Wara Plaza just isn't the same.
@Boxmonkey omgosh I love real world stories like yours... and blockbuster video!!! 😳
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