Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set
This console is the best i have ever seen, honestly, i think gamestop make it re-available to pre-order.
Good hardware, inefficient software
Pros: Small and beautiful design, quiet disc drive, Good management of heat, Lots of features, Gamepad is very responsive and feels good in your hands, Gamepad display is surprisingly sharp, Miiverse and Nintendo Network are both easy and fun to use, Ability to buy full retail games digitally, Lots of options for expanding storage
Cons: Day 1 update is required for backwards compatibility and many other features, Some networking issues, Absurd loading times between menus, Occasional lockup, Convoluted system transfer process, Risk of losing save data in the system transfer process, Bloated OS, Amount of space available for users is deceiving, SD cards can't hold Wii U related content
It's that time again! Console makers are either talking about or releasing their new systems. The next generation is here and Nintendo is the first one on the field with the Wii U. It manages to pack a considerable amount of power into a small space and is leaps and bounds better than the original Wii launched in 2006. Wii U manages to address complaints surrounding its predecessor, but while it is a nice system, it is not perfect.
The console itself looks like a longer Wii with rounded edges and buttons. It's meant to sit horizontally, like later models of the Wii, but it can work vertically with the feet included with the Deluxe version. Under the front flap, you'll find the SD card port and two USB ports. In the back, you have an HDMI port, two additional USB ports, sensor bar port, power port, and then the standard component/composite port. The setup will be very familiar to those who owned Nintendo's previous console.
One of the big selling points behind the Wii U is the new controller, dubbed the Gamepad. It might look like a heavy component in pictures, but it is surprisingly light. Compared to an Xbox 360 controller, it isn't much heavier. The analog sticks are comfortable to use and getting to the D-pad or ABXY buttons under them is fairly hassle-free thanks to clever spacing and shallow grips on the backside.
While the shallow grips do make buttons easier to access, it may make the controller feel a bit awkward to newcomers. The Gamepad doesn't seem to fit as well to my hands as the Gamecube or Wii Classic Controllers do, but this will probably fade as I get more experience with the console.
Speakers are located on both sides of the controller, along with volume control on the top and a headset jack. For those worrying about how images look on the touch screen, the images are brighter and sharper than you would think. It obviously isn't going to look as good as what's being displayed on a 1080p television, but the screen provides a fantastic scaled down image that should be satisfactory for most. What makes this better is how responsive the touch screen is, despite using older technology.
When you first power up your Wii U, you're brought through the standard setup procedures that you would go through with most other modern consoles – set up the date, time, first user, and network settings. After this is done, you're prompted to get the Day 1 update. If you choose not to, your Wii U won't do much aside from play Wii U games.
This is where some issues begin to arise with the Wii U. While the box says 8GB or 32GB of memory, the operating system cuts directly into that amount. With the 8GB model, you're going to have around 3GB to actually work with when all is said and done. When I finished updating the system and all the applications(that require separate updates), Wii U told me that I had 25GB free out of 32GB in the system. You're told how much memory you get, but how much you can use is significantly less.
One of the solid facts that we know about the Wii U hardware is that it has 2GB of RAM built in. Half of this is dedicated specifically to the operating system. You would imagine that this would allow the system to flip between menus and apps with ease, but this isn't the case. When going to, say, the system settings menu, the amount of time it takes to bring up that menu from the Wii U home page can be anywhere between five to ten seconds. On one occasion, the system locked up on me completely.
This raises some questions about the operating system's efficiency. While it looks nice, there is no reason why it cannot load a fairly simple menu faster than it can, especially when it uses twice the amount of RAM available in the Xbox 360. I don't think this will be a permanent issue, as operating systems tend to become more efficient as time goes on.
Efficiency gripes aside, the main menu is very easy to navigate. When you have created a Nintendo Network account and connect to Miiverse, you'll see tons of Miis on your television and what game they are playing. The Gamepad will have a 3DS-like menu with different applications listed. You can swap what is displayed on the Gamepad and television by pressing the X button, which allows you to interact with different things via the Gamepad.
Setting up a Nintendo Network account was quick and painless. You can use whatever email address you like, select a username, fill out some basic information(such as your birth date), enter the activation code from your email, and you're done. Friend codes are gone, and Nintendo has finally moved on to an account based system.
Miiverse itself is fun to watch and interact with. Users post all sorts of drawings, tips, and questions for other players. From the Miiverse menu, you can comment on posts, follow other users, and send friend requests. You can also choose to block or report users.
Those looking for backwards compatibility will find that the Wii U isn't as easy as the Wii when it comes to playing previous generation games. When you insert a Wii disc, the disc menu will recognize it as a Wii game, but will prompt you to go into Wii mode, which is basically the Wii OS. From Wii mode, playing your old games is the same as putting them into your original Wii. It works, but it's a shame that there is a hoop to jump through before you can use the software. If you're looking to port your Wii stuff over the way it was before, there is a system transfer feature available.
However, one should note that the system transfer is a bit complicated and you need to read the directions very carefully. Even if you do follow the directions down to the letter, there is a chance that all your save data can be lost in the transfer, should the SD card fail in the final step. Your Wii Shop information seems to be transferred over the internet, but local content is put onto the SD card for transport, and then your local copies are deleted. It's a big gamble, and in my case, I lost ALL of my save data. This doesn't happen to everyone, but the problem is out there and can be a huge setback if you're in the middle of completing a game.
In Wii mode, the system could not connect to the same router I was connected to from the Wii U menu. In Wii U mode, connectivity is fine. This forced me to use an older b/g router to connect to the internet in Wii mode.
Wii mode still makes use of the SD card, but Wii U content cannot be written to the card. For Wii U downloadable games, saves, and etc, you need to use either a USB storage device or the system's built in memory. Allowing Wii U to use the SD card seems like it would only be a matter of creating another directory, but Nintendo has chosen not to let us use it at all for next gen storage. So, if you're thinking about the 8GB Wii U, throwing an SD card in it won't alleviate your storage woes.
There are several applications that come in with the Day 1 update. Hulu Plus, Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Video Chat are all available to you on the home page. You won't be able to access them immediately, as they require updates. They're nice additions, but not necessarily anything ground breaking.
One of the most notable applications is the internet browser. It's the opposite of what you get on the 3DS. This browser is fast, easy to use, and is capable of loading Youtube video. Tabs are supported for flipping between pages, as well. There are some imperfections, such as the occasional page trying to load over and over, but this is much better than the Wii Opera browser or the 3DS browser.
The eShop is similar to what is on the 3DS, only expanded. Users can buy full retail games digitally and download them to your console. 1st and 3rd party games are both available, as well as Indy games. Videos and screenshots can be viewed from the eShop to enhance purchasing decisions, although steaming video can be troublesome at seemingly random times.
The Wii U is a nice console. The Gamepad makes interacting with the system more convenient than ever, and there's plenty of functionality just over the horizon with Nintendo TVii. Unfortunately, the system currently suffers more from software problems than anything else. With a few more updates, these problems will likely disappear and later models won't require so much updating. Waiting is not a bad idea with this console, especially if you don't see a must-have game. For those who want to jump right in, the 32GB version is the way to go.
Amazing system. Nintendo is truly back. Can't wait
Nintendo has finally entered the modern age with the Wii U. Nintendo has been having great success in recent years with their ds/3ds and wii products and I fully expect it to continue with wii u, maybe even more so. Nintendo has gone after some pretty big games already like bayonetta 2, ninja gaiden 3 razor's edge, which is almost a completely new game from the version released in the summer for ps3 and 360. Plus they have monster hunter 3 as a launch game in Japan! If Nintendo can keep up the great software momentum post launch and in the years to come, they will dominate next gen. November 18th 2012 will be how the world plays next. If you love gaming, the Wii U is your next system. Say goodbye to ps3, wii and 360 and say hello to Wii U. Next gen is here.
I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS CONSOLE IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wii u wii u wii u i am pre-ordering the deluxe version
Nintendo is going down the same road as Sega. Bungie and Ubisoft have both abandoned Nintendo stating, "They will not make anymore titles for the WiiU until sales improve." The system it self was an amazing idea and myself as a Nintendo fan rushed out and got one the night of release. I wish I had not done that now. The system has been out for a long while now and there is only a hand full of good titles out for it and there will not be any others, not to include Pikman and Rayman, til 2014. WTF Nintendo! The system supports 720p graphics but they still produce stuff like that god awful Wario game. They finally had a chance to break through the childish and low end graphic stuff they have been making for years and losing money on and they basically did it all over again. I am only keeping my WiiU because I use it for party games that I own for Wii. I would not recommend this system to anyone until Nintendo makes a come back with the system and starts making stuff that uses the system and its full capabilities.
Wii U will be Awesome!
The Wii u looks like a great console! Nintendo has finally entered the HD race, you can use it as a handheld, and backwards compatible with Wii games! This time nintendo could really take next-gen!
Man i have been waiting for this system since 2010 when the first announced it at E3. It is simply amazing. The price is the most contradictory thing so far but i think it is reasonable because i bet you that the New xbox and Playstation will run for around the same price. It is reasonable cause for $50 dollars more you get a $60 dollar game and 24 gb extra and at 300 dollars, if you look at what you get, you get a tablet that should cost $200 and HD game system and some of the hottest games on the market, sold separately, like assassins creed III and Mass effect 3 and many others to come. Trust me you will want this and if i had the money i would buy it now and Pre-ordering it is the best way to do it. i remember getting my wii the only way to get is was to buy a $600 pack that come with a bunch of games, and i had to order it in june.
I got the Wii U deluxe set as a gift for Christmas and it was amazing. I new it would be an awesome system but after playing on it it seemed even better than awesome. I played ZombiU and i thought it was by far one of the best games for the console. If you are planning on buying Nintendo Land i recommend getting the deluxe set. Nintendo Land comes with the deluxe set and also has more memory, stands for the game pad, a stand for the charger, and has a nice shiny black color only for 50$ more than the regular basic set! Although the system is a bit pricey its diffidently worth the price I recommend buying the Wii U its awesome!!
This system is way better than the PS3 or the Xbox 360 and the gamepad is awesome I would get the deluxe set and it is for gamers and non-gamers
The 8th Generation of Gaming Has Begun.
Despite what the haters want you to believe, know that this is a true next-gen console. A lot of people were and still are skeptical of the Wii U, but from what I've seen, Nintendo has hit the ground running with this one. As a day-one buyer, I've had a few days to really get to know this new system. Let me tell you. It didn't disappoint. The new control scheme takes some getting use to, but once you get it down, things really start to take off. The The appearance of the hardware itself is amazing. Fits in quite well with my current setup. The gamepad is a little bigger than it seems in the videos and pictures. The response time is lightning fast, but unfortunately so is the battery drain. 5 hours is about all you're gonna get from it. Fortunately, the cord is long enough so you can leave it plugged in while playing if it's not more than halfway across the room. The console UI is awesome. super easy to navigate. 2 different views on the TV and Gamepad which can be switched back an forth at any time. Miiverse is quite possibly the greatest concept Nintendo has ever made. An Always-on community of gamers right at your fingertips. The only MINOR downside to this, is the cap on each post of 100 characters(90 if you're posting from in-game) The graphical quality of this console blew me away. Games such as New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombieU are rendered beautifully and are an absolute joy to play(and developers haven't even scratched the surface of it's abilities yet). It's an amazing start for Nintendo thus far. I see great things in Wii U's future. For those who don't have one yet, I say this: If you're not on a wait list, get on one or keep an eye on the stores and their websites. STAY AWAY FROM EBAY!!! Don't pay any more than retail for this console. No matter how bad you want it. Those sellers are little more than crooks taking advantage of the hype and buzz this console is generating. I hope this review helps at least 1 person overcome their doubts about the Wii U. Until next time!!!