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Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Nintendo's Wii U is full of promise, but it may have launched prematurely. Longtime gamers will want to snap one up immediately, but mainstream users should wait a few months before diving in.

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Pros
  • Innovative, comfortable controller
  • Backward-compatible with last-gen Wii
  • Off-screen play fundamentally changes console gaming
Cons
  • Incredibly short battery life on GamePad
  • Slow, antiquated UI
  • Confusing social functionality
74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

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60
hailstormknight
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
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The Wii U is a great console if your looking for great exclusives one of the...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
70
CNET
In almost every other department, save for what Nintendo TVii is supposed to provide, the other consoles on the market have the Wii U beat: network and offline media playback, diversity of streaming services, exclusive games, and speedy operating systems.
 
80
Joystiq
The GamePad, even if it doesn't feel like the linear progression of game console technology we'd expect, does feel like a futuristic leap. It's rooted in classic experiences, but adds weird new possibilities. Nintendo has always excelled in taking unexpected steps, and this is one of them.
 
80
ABC News
Wii U has major potential and if Nintendo plays their cards right, the system can become a major player, especially once the media capabilities and game options are fully stocked. The second-generation Wii might not be as game-changing as the orginal, but it certainly is a lot of fun to play with.
 
80
Ars Technica
Svelte hardware design is much smaller than competing systems. HD graphics are easily the equal of the Xbox 360 and PS3. GamePad is comfortable, sturdily built, and not too heavy. Large touchscreen looks better than its low resolution would suggest.
 
80
Time
Unless Microsoft or Sony have more than burlier hardware up their sleeves, and assuming third-party developers can match Nintendo’s skill utilizing the second screen, the Wii U already has a lock on the future of big-idea gaming.
 
70
Gizmodo
While technologically, the Wii U sort of feels like the step you'd take before you get to motion controls in the Wii, that doesn't mean it doesn't totally fit into Nintendo's ethos of interaction. It's fun. It's something your family will enjoy using.
 
70
Engadget
Nintendo promised consumers a modern HD gaming console, and the Wii U -- what's there of it thus far -- delivers on that promise. Games look gorgeous (HD Mario!), the risky controller is another successful control innovation and there's a ton of promise on the horizon.
 
70
USA Today
Whether the Wii U reaches the incredible heights of its predecessor remains to be seen ... Until we see Nintendo Network fully functioning with the TVii service and additional games that take advantage of the GamePad, it's hard to say whether Wii U recaptures the console magic.
 
70
Eurogamer
What's more, the quality of these unique, untouchable games will only get better as the Wii U matures. Nintendo is the Pixar of video games, and despite the odds stacked against the console, for many prospective buyers, that in itself will be more than enough.
 
80
T3
The Wii U once again sees Nintendo plotting its own course and the results are as unique as they are satisfying.

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