Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set
I have been a Nintendo freak since I was a wee lad. NES was my first console ever - the console that turned me into the raging gamer I am today! Up to the Gamecube. I was still in love with their products until the Wii happened. It was like a nightmare gone worse. I loved LoZ:TP, Mario Galaxy, SSMB, and LoZ:SS.... thats it. Four games. PLUS the console had limited memory and the graphics looked pretty bad on an HDTV. I was really disappointed. So much so that I was VERY skeptic about the WiiU. However I gave in and I do not regret it at all. I love the network, I love the was the console still doesn't overheat no matter how much I play, I absolutely adore the graphics , and the games are so far pretty legit. Playing a console game half way across the house on the controller... whaaaat? Yes! I'm digging Scribblenauts, Zombi U, Nintendo Land, and Injustice (which looks crisp clear) I am also waiting anxiously for LoZ:WW HD, Pikmin, Watchdogs, and Raymand Legends! To top it off, just found out SSB WiiU and Mario 3D WiiU is confirmed. That is 10 games right off the bat! I am loving Nintendo again - its like the reconciliation I never thought would happen. So guys I say Give WiiU a chance! You will be impressed!
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.
Best thing Nintendo has ever done besides... alot.
Love this thing, nuf said.
Ok I'll talk.
This will be a perfect 10 in the near future. Great games are coming for this system!
I was really hopeful
When I was reading reviews of this console, I saw a lot of people claiming to have positive experiences with the Wii U. Today I went and purchased the deluxe edition that came with Nintendo Land. I also purchased Zombi U. To say the least I was very unhappy with the purchase. I have played both games for about an hour each and I can honestly say that this is the worst gaming experience I have ever had. Nintendo Land has very basic/boring games and Zombi U is quite simply a failure, the zombies are way difficult to kill and are alerted to anything you do. I understand that its suppose to be a survival game and they want to make it as "realistic" as possible, but when you spend 30 mins walking around hitting zombies with a cricket bat, looking for supplies and finding nothing but road flares,things get a bit boring/irritating. Anyways long story short, unless you are madly in love with mario games and are willing to drop $300 just to play the new one(which seems to be the only alright game on this console) then knock yourself out.
Best console ever!!!
I love this console. The wii used to be fun but now it is boring. So I favorite console then was a Xbox 360. Now it's this. It has two screens. The graphics are even good, even better than the xbox. But the only bad thing is its loading times are really long. But overall I like this console.
Broke in a matter of days
System is fun, but the GamePad screen was damaged within days, having taken a minor tumble off the couch. Not covered under warranty and required replacement from Nintendo at a cost of $100+. Yes, it's our "fault" that the GamePad was dropped, but this doesn't seem like extreme wear and tear for a gaming product. So, if you're prepared to handle components like they're Faberge eggs, this system is for you. If you're hoping to play with it, set aside some extra cash to cover repair costs because it doesn't take much to break this system. Bonus: you have to go through Nintendo support, where the "service" is snarky.
Best game system I have ever played
I think the wii u is by far the best game system out there right now because for one thing it has a touch screen tablet for a controller, second reason it's the best is because this is nintendo's first ever game system that adults and kids like. The only disadvantage is that right now there isn't many games out for it. Other then the game problem this is a perfect system!
well if you love video games I would recommend this is so cool please get the Wii you it will be awesome
AN AMAZING CONSOLE!!!
The Wii U is the Best console out there in my opinion. I dont know why peoplescoff at it, if they have ev even heard of it! The loading, times, thile admitttedly a little slow, are getting fixed in April, it has great games like monster hunter 3 Ultimate and lego city undercover going for it, and even greater ones to come. though the extra screen does not look so good on paper, it is actually an amazing addition that you have to try to fully understand. the graphics are great, better than the ps3 or xbox360, and it is not only a family console anymore. i will greatly enjoy this console, and while a big fan of xbox and psp, i have confidence they cant get much better than this amaing, yet underrated console.
Way better than original Wii
Lets start off with i was reluctant on buying the Wii U because i had heard alot of bad things about it. then come to find out that the ones giving me all this bad information had never actually played or even owned a Wii U. So i decided to go out and give it a try. I bought the 32gb Deluxe edition because of the fact that the regular 8gb did not come with Nintendo Land, a Wii U game pad charger, dock nor the amount of Memory the deluxe edition came with for only $50 more. It was very easy to set up, very similar to the regular Wii. As soon as i had it hooked up and starting running it i had to do a BIG update. took about 2 hours to download. But the wait was worth it. The graphics look amazing, HD really brings the Wii U to live. The Wii U gamepad is very responsive to your movements which was definatly a PLUS. Nintendo Land was a pretty good game that the Family can enjoy either solo or together. Lots of mini games and challenges. I like the fact that you can play on the gamepad only if someone wants to watch tv. Also all the new apps they allow you to use like HULU, Netflix, Youtube and so forth. The MiiVerse is pretty cool being able to talk to other Wii U owners and see their Mii characters. I like how they have it set up where they have alot of the new games and the amount of people playing that game in real time. The only downsides i saw to the new Wii U were that you still can not use this to play Blu-ray nor regular DVD's. Also alot of the Wii U games that you play have to have the motion plus adapter or the motion plus controller to play. and also the Wii U drawing APP is still not available as of March 2013 thought they keep advertising it on television. But all in all im am very satisfied with this system and believe it is not only great for kids but also for adults as well