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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Game library Many great first part titles, lots of good old games via virtual console. Plays all wii games good
  • Graphics 1080p is good news. It may not have the horsepower of the PS4 or XBOX One, but it gets the job done good
  • Controller(s) The gamepad is reasonably comfortable, if not a bit heavy. Tablet experience is unique and fresh good
  • Design and form factor Having a small console off to the side and a gamepad where you can play either on tv or off tv is great! I got the zelda bundle so the black console looks nice great!
  • Other features (media, online, etc.) Supports services I care about. Netflix and Youtube. Online multiplayer is decent, and the miiverse is a pretty unique social network great!
  • Noise Dead silent except when first turned on. great!
Detailed review
I purposely waited a bit to write this review, because I was unsure about the Wii U when I purchased one. I did a lot of reading on the internet to determine what I was getting myself into. Lots of people claim a lack of great games were available, and that it was overpriced, and to wait for the real next gen consoles.

After a couple months of owning my Wii U, I can safely say I love it. As I am getting older, my time I can spend gaming has unfortunately shrunk. Also, the style of games I play has changed as well. I used to be more of a hardcore gamer playing things like Rainbow Six or Halo online, competing for the best scores. Now I generally play single player games that don't always involve a huge time investment. The Wii U suits that for me.

Speaking of games, it is true that you may want to look into the library to see if the system. At the time of writing, I have the following: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario Bros U, Assassins Crred IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Splinter Cell Blacklist. In the future I plan on adding Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, and the new Super Smash Brothers to my shelf. The game selection works for me, it may not work for you.

One of the neat features I really thought would be a gimmick is the off screen TV play. Most games I have tried seem to support this really well. Not only can I curl up in bed and play my games, I can also use the apps on it and keep an eye on things while using my TV for something else.

Having the main portion of the console being a tablet, I am slightly concerned about the longevity of the system. From what I understand, if the gamepad breaks, or needs a new battery, you may be SOL. This may not be a console people are playing 10 years down the road when N64s have been trucking on for a decade and a half.

Overall, the Wii U is unique enough to probably satisfy my gaming needs for the next few years. If I find a hole in my heart for games that are released elsewhere, I will consider getting a PS4 or Xbox One, but for the near-medium term I am happy with my decision.