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This review is from: Nintendo Wii U Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set Black
Pros: The best feature of the Wii U is the dual-screen gameplay. You'll use the gamepad for scanning objects, on-the-fly inventory management, maps, asymetrical multiplayer (one player used gamepad, other uses TV), dual-screen puzzles, and much more.
The Wii U also boasts free online, so you won't have to worry about paying a subscription fee. The console is backwards compatible with Wii games too, so you can sell your Wii and play all those games on your new console. Wii system transfers are also allowed.
Another one of the Wii U's greatest strengths is its' multiple controller options (Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wiimote/Nunchuk, Wii Controller Pro). Most games allow for any one of these input devices, so you can play the way YOU like to play. The wide array of compatible controllers also allows for varied gameplay. Whether it's dual-screen gaming on the Gamepad in Wonderful 101, motion gaming with the Wiimote in Pikmin 3, or just a good ol' Pro Controller for New Super Mario Bros U, you'll find it all on Wii U.
Nintendo has also created a unique online social integration via Miiverse, which is, to put it in layman's terms, is a Facebook for Wii U owners. Miiverse allows you to send friend requests, post, comment, draw, write, post screenshots, and join communities. It is by far one of the Wii U's greatest attributes.
The consoel comes with 32GB of built in flash memory, but the console provides for expandable memory via external hard drives up to 2TB.
The eShop allows gamers to browse through a vast selection of indie and retail titles, as well as Virtual Console back-catalogue games from prior Nintendo systems. You will also have access to streaming media (Netflix, Hulu, Youtube etc).
During setup the console will ask for the brand of your TV and cable box, and will automatically sync the Gamepad with those devices based on which brand you select. You can then turn your TV and cable box on and off through the Gamepad, as well as change TV inputs, access the Guide Channel, and change volume and channels, even when the Wii U console is turned off.
However, the Wii U's very best appeal comes from its' top-notch library of critically acclaimed titles. There was a 6 month drought of games after the Wii U's launch in 2012, but ever since then Nintendo has blanket bombed the console with award-winning titles. Whether it's Nintendo games like Pikmin 3, Zelda Windwaker HD, Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, or 3rd party titles like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Assassin's Creed 4 or Call of Duty Ghosts, the Wii U has it all.
I've been gaming for over 20 years, and have owned every single console ever made by Nintendo and Sony, including the recently released PS4. And I stand by my word that the Wii U is the finest video game console I've ever owned. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Cons: At the time of writing, there is a relatively small VC selection from Nintendo, though it should be noted that Nintendo will fill out the selection of games over time, up to and including Gamecube games. There is also no party chat feature on Wii U, so you'll have to rely on the chat built into each game (which means no cross-game chat while playing different games unfortunately). There are several games which include chat, however, with examples such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Call of Duty Black Ops 2/Call of Duty Ghosts.
Compared to the 3rd party consoles of Sony and Microsoft, there is relatively limited 3rd party support by way of multiplats. Having said that, the Wii U has received more meaningful 3rd party support in just its' first year than the Nintendo 64, Gamecube or Wii received their entire lifespans. Nintendo consoles have always primarily consisted of top-notch exclusives with minimal AAA multiplats. Compared to the PS3/PS4 or 360/X1, the Wii U will have a very thin allotment of 3rd party titles. However, for being a Nintendo console, the Wii U actually has an astonishing assortment of 3rd party ports.
Of course, no one buys a Nintendo console for multiplats anyways- they buy it for the award-winning exclusive Nintendo games, so this shouldn't be an issue for most people.
Other Thoughts: I'm very glad I bought a Wii U. The exclusive Nintendo games are some of the funnest I've ever played in my life. Nintendo has REALLY stepped up their game from the days of the Wii. Nearly every single game Nintendo releases turns out to be an epic, unforgettable experience- and with games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros 4, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Monolith Soft's X, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem and a new Zelda U all hitting the console over the course of the next year or so, it's only going to get better. I love my 3DS, PS4 and PS Vita, but when stacked against the Wii U, they just don't seem to cut it.READ FULL REVIEW