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January 23rd 2013 12:38 pm

Is it time to buy a Wii U now?

This morning Nintendo held another "Nintendo Direct" presentation, and unveiled a slate of new game and feature announcements at a number unseen since the launch lineup at E3.

The big announcements included:
  • An HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
  • Zelda for the Wii U in development
  • A new Mario game
  • A new Mario Kart game
  • A new Yoshi game
  • Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
  • Bayonetta 2
  • A new game from Monolith Soft (possibly a new Xeno[blade] game)
  • Wii Party sequel
  • Miiverse coming to cell phones
  • Virtual Console on Wii U (with fully customizable controls!)
  • Classic games coming to the Wii U eShop for $0.30 each
It's a healthy mix of new first party titles (especially flagship titles like Mario and Zelda), some second- and third-party offerings, and the return of the Virtual Console, which was always very appealing, but petered out on the Wii after a few years.

That said, there's a lot more to be done with a Wii U now. Granted, it's still very dependent on Nintendo itself for providing content, but Nintendo's first-party content has always been strong and most importantly, it moves systems. The lack of a Wii Sports is still troubling, especially as they've chosen to go ahead with a new Wii Party game instead (at least they didn't announce a new Mario Party game... that game truly is violence-inducing).

If you're a Mario or Zelda fan and still haven't gotten a Wii U, getting one now seems like a no-brainer. But if you're not a huge fan and don't have a Wii U, have they reached a tipping point for you yet? What would make you buy a Wii U?


Personally, I'm a big RPG player so the lack of such games on the Wii has made me skeptical of buying a Wii U. I'm taking a Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover as a good sign, even if it's not an RPG. But I'm not going to take the plunge just yet.

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Not entirely thrilled about the $1 or $1.50 price tag in order to redownload Virtual Console games you owned on the Wii to the Wii U. Although the 30 cent pricetag for a bunch of "starter titles" is pretty cool.

Considering how far down the road a bunch of these new titles are (especially Smash Bros and Zelda which won't even be on display at E3), I'm still willing to wait a while. Heck, I'll probably wait for a price drop on the console itself if I get it at all.
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I am now seriously considering getting one. I really like the thought of playing older games through Virtual Console and at the price announced ($1.00-$1.50) it's even more enticing. I've been out of the Nintendo universe since the Game Cube but I think it might be time for me to jump back in.
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Update, bought one. Super impressed with Super Mario Bros U and Super Mario 3D World
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Tried to pick the most important game out of that list, but all the Mario and Zelda game announcements are a big deal here. Personally, Mario Kart is probably my favorite. I'm interested to see what the new Zelda is like in HD.

Will i shell out the cash to buy the console? Personally, I'm still on the border, but this might be what was needed to convince others.
Would I jump ship from xbox to Wii U? No, I'm a big FPS guy, all my friends are on xbox.
Would I get it as an additional console? I'm considering it. I've played the Wii U with a group of friends and it's a surprising amount of fun; as a "party console" is where the Wii U shines (for adults). I think if the console falls to that $199 sweet stop that the original Wii hit, they'd get a lot of people buying it as an additional console.
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