So we come to the final part in this article series, looking at why each console in generation 8 is awesome. Be sure to check out part 1 and 2 if you missed them, where we talked about the “big” consoles, the PS4 and the Xbox One.
Some of you may be stumped at the very idea that I call the Wii U an 8th generation console, but the point stands and it came out within the timeframe of the 8th gen. It may not be as powerful or as widespread in use, but make no mistake, the Wii U does indeed have a following and the console in my view is totally worth its spot in the 8th gen. The Wii U console has been out longer than the rest of generation 8, and has significantly lower sales figures, but that doesn’t take away from how great this console is, if you enjoy all things Nintendo. Let’s talk Wii U!
So the first thing you think of when you hear the name Nintendo or Wii U, is the exclusives. Nintendo stay true to their roots and don’t license any of their IP’s (intellectual properties) to their competitors meaning that if you love Nintendo’s games, there truly is no better place to be that the Wii U. Some of the great exclusives you can expect to see if you’re a Nintendo fan and own a Wii U are Mario 3D World, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Pikmin and more fantastic exclusives coming like a new Zelda game and Xenoblade!
Then, as well as the great exclusives listed above, you have third party games that are better on the Wii U because of it’s unique game pad. The touch screen on the game pad was a thing I really wanted to see enter the 8th generation of consoles and frankly, I’m surprised that Nintendo were the only developers to do it! It is such a great idea to have access to another screen right by your hands to see a map or extra game information without even needing to move your hands. Not to mention how they improve games like Rayman Legends, or the really underrated, Zombi U. Being able to use the controller as a second screen was a cracking idea from Nintendo, and really shows that Nintendo usually know what their fans want and deliver on it!
Another point I want to make about the Wii U is that, unlike it’s 8th generation counterparts, it supports backwards compatibility. Yes, that’s right, you can take any game from the original Wii and play it on the Wii U and that’s something that I really miss about this generation. Backwards compatibility used to be such a huge thing that people expected from their consoles, to know that games they had bought as little as a year ago would not become obsolete when the new consoles came out, which was supposed to be an exciting time, but this year being able to play older games comes at a price, and that is remakes. But getting off-topic, Wii U is doing a great thing with their backwards compatibility that I hope we will continue to see from Nintendo, and maybe Sony and Microsoft will bring back their older policies for the next generation in a few years time.
All in all, the Nintendo Wii U does not deserve the amount of hate and almost mistrust, that it is receiving. The Wii U is a niche console but it explores that niche and expands on it so well, it is a master of what it does. The reason it doesn’t have the sales figures of the other consoles released in its timeframe is because people want a platform that they can play all of the games that interest them, without the need to buy more than one console. With that being said, if you can afford a second console, the Wii U is a super strong choice to be considered. It’s a sad thing that Nintendo have decided to call the Wii U quits so early, but let’s hope some of the philosophies from this console transfer into their next one!
What do you think? Did you own a Wii U? If you did, what about it did you like, if not, why didn’t you get one? Leave us a comment down below!