Nintendo Wii U – Outdated or still worth it?
The Nintendo Switch has been out for a good while and it’s fairly easy to see it as a success to the Wii U. It’s got the same idea when it comes to games, it’s got the motion controls, and for the most part it’s a more solid console. Is the Nintendo Wii U worth getting despite the Switch’s existence?
Nintendo Wii U Technical Summary
- Produced by Nintendo
- Prices fluctuate greatly depending on the seller.
- Three core processor, one gigabyte of RAM for gaming
- USB 2 ports, HDMI output, sensor bar port, AV multi out port and a memory card slot
- Wii U Pad comes with gyroscope controls and is used uniquely depending on the game
- Motion control
- Many exclusive games
How powerful is it?
Nintendo isn’t focusing on sheer power right now, and they weren’t doing it with the Wii U either. This console sits somewhere between the current generation’s consoles and the previous generation.
It has 720P HD visuals (420P on pad) and some ported games tend to look worse on it than on original hardware. If you’re buying the Wii U, you aren’t doing it for the graphics, especially not in this age.
The Wii U is fairly innovative with its pad. You’ll find that a fair amount of games have unique features that use the pad as a separate screen such as a map. The controls are also fairly innovative, though they see less full use.
The U also supports alternative controllers that are needed for games: The remote and the nunchucks. The former is required for backwards compatible Wii games and the latter for proper two-handed controls. You can also find traditional controllers. There’s lastly an adapter that allows use of a Gamecube controller, but only Smash is supported without hacking.
Overall, you’ll find that the U plays differently than any other device (barring the Switch, its successor, to a degree). Trying the device out before purchase may be a wise move to find out how well the innovations suit you.
The Wii U
has an amazing games library, which is perhaps the number one reason
people still go for this console. It has exclusives in true Nintendo
fashion, such as Splatoon, Xenoblades Chronicles X, Kirby and the
Rainbow Curse and Wonderful 101, just to name a few. This is just the
icing on the cake, however, as the U has access to more than 700
games as well as the virtual console, allowing play of retro titles.
Taking a look at the game list will help cement your decision. Note that some Wii U “exclusives” such as Breath of the Wild are, or will also be available on the Switch.
Lastly, there’s plenty of hacks and guides for said hacks for the Wii U, allowing you to greatly increase the usefulness and capacity of the console.
What are the possible, justifiable reasons for not getting a Wii U?
- Outdated hardware. You’re buying a very versatile machine with a huge game library, but no further support.
- Speaking of further support, Nintendo will slowly support the U less and less as it focuses more on the Switch.
- Virtual Console is finnicky and has some annoying exclusivity and convenience issues.
- Switch supports some “exclusive” titles
- Controls might not be for everyone. You may find the gameplay unwieldy
Getting the Wii U for its exclusives is perfectly acceptable. Getting it for the extensive game library is also a good move, since it opens you up to more games than most consoles. Getting it for multiplayer is a great move provided you have the means and people to play with. Getting it with any expectations of further support and new games is unwise, however. Getting it for customization/hacking may increase its value greatly, but may also be redundant in comparison to PCs and newer consoles (though time will tell to what degree).
With the above, you should be able to conclude whether the Wii U is for… you.