Do you like tablets? Do you like video games? Well Nintendo has just combined the two to make their new system the WiiU, but does it work? Does it have what it takes to stay number one? Well grab your Wiimote and Game-pad and let’s find out?
During 2011’s E3 game conference, Nintendo announced their next generation console the WiiU, the successor to the Wii. The announcement took the gaming community by surprise, giving us our first next gen system. But all that was shown was a big-ass controller that had a tablet in the middle. As the gaming world looked, all we could do is ask is, “Would this work?” Then the 2012 E3 conference came, where Nintendo would give us an online conference that would give us a glimpse of their power of the device, leaving us with even more questions. All we could do was trust Nintendo and wait and see.
Now lets fast forward to the now, we are at the release of the console. The WiiU was released with about 20 games, all ranging from ports to first party titles. The system comes with NintendoLand if you buy the deluxe edition. NintendoLand is the game that is used to show you how the system works in a fun way, and is surprisingly a good game. The console also comes with one game-pad, a HDMI cord, sensor bar, and chargers. Nintendo gives you everything that you need, so you can start having fun with the system right out of the box.
Talking to the gaming community I have been getting all types of questions on how the WiiU works and here are a few. Is the system good? How is the online experience? Does the Game-Pad implement well with the system? And the answer to all of them is “hell yes’.
The game-pad‘s with the system is “pure” genius, is so that both Sony and Microsoft has mimicked the idea. The pad is used more like a tool rather than a gimmick; it is used to give you info that you will not be able to get due to the space of the hub. The system is well-built; all thought the game pad fells cheap. It is also really light, lighter than the Ipad. This is understandable because kids will be playing with it and the long game session that might come up, but to me that does not give the system a negative mark. It would have been great to be able to buy one separately and be able to use two on release.
The graphics are on par with the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but you would think that Nintendo would have upped the graphics, but they have opted to give us a more complete gaming experience rather than more eye candy. I would say you could have done a little more in that department though. Who knows since no one really knows the full power of the system yet; maybe we will see a jump through a system update.
The biggest stand out of the system is the online experience. This feature has been overhauled since the Wii, the dreaded friend codes has been put to bed and replaced by a user name system. The friend system has been changed and modeled after social media and shifted the communications system to forum base, which works really well for the gaming world. Nintendo has encouraged gamers to connect with each other by giving everyone a place to talk about the games.
Each game has a community, where you can post pictures, discuss strategies, ask if this game is worth buying, or even make friends. Nintendo has extended an olive branch to all of the gamers who they have turned their backs on with the Wii, and it is a good one.
Bottom Line: It looks as if Nintendo has another hit on its hand. This is the system that will mend the broken bond between the gamers and the company. With the games and the combination of the online experience it has changed the way how we will game and connect as a community. The system is not perfect and could be better graphically and the addition of letting more than one game-pad connects, and the load time of games but overall it is a real good system. With that being said we give the Wiiu an 8.9 out of 10.
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