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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).

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74
 

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dflickema
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60
hailstormknight
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
90
slipknotfan985
The Wii U is a great console if your looking for great exclusives one of the...read more
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dflickema
04.29.16
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60
hailstormknight
05.28.15
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
90
slipknotfan985
05.05.15
The Wii U is a great console if your looking for great exclusives one of the big problems is that there is very little third part support so I would highly recommend getting either a PS4, Xbox One, or an Gaming PC if you're looking forward to GTA V or Call of Duty. The Gamepad's battery life is terrible but it's also the most comfortable controller I've ever used. I would highly recommend getting a pro controller with the Wii U. So if you don't have a big budget and want all of the third party games don't get it but if you have the money get the Wii U it is worth it. PS This might only be for me but sometimes the gamepad won't connect to the console and you have to turn it on and off again to get it to work.
 
90
321Brandon
01.31.15
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
 
90
dsims
01.25.15
Wii U is what the Wii should have been... it adds a layer of polish and connectivity to bring Nintendo into the modern age. Despite the high-technical capabilities and online functionality, Nintendo retains their laser-like focus on games and a friendly environment suitable for all-ages.With a touchscreen gamepad, wii remote motion controls, and traditional pro controller... there is a huge variety of gameplay here. Almost all games are available for download from the eShop and they actually have regular sales. Every aspect of the interface has delightful whimsical details (to distract from the wait-times when switching apps, just bearable now after an update). Apart from games, there are a few media capabilities like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, and the ability to use your gamepad as a TV remote. The web browser is also surprisingly usable and HTML5 compliant.As for games, Nintendo does not disappoint with their own offerings and has really made an effort to attract small independent developers. So you end up with huge games like Super Mario 3D World and Bayonetta 2 alongside inexpensive gems like Shovel Knight and Bumpie's Party. What you don't have is a lot of third-party big-budget games like first/third-person-shooters, sports/racing simulations, and cinematic adventures typically targeted at the "M for Mature" demographic.Given the success of the Wii, backwards compatibility is an appreciated feature often overlooked by reviewers. All your old games and controllers can be transferred and used with Wii U. Unfortunately Wii games don't get any new upgrades and can't access any of the Wii U features like MiiVerse.MiiVerse is a fantastic new feature that adds a social back-channel to the Wii U. You can share screenshots along with a typed or hand-drawn note to your friends and the world. This small detail really adds a lot of enjoyment without being overbearing like most social features on other devices. You will love browsing the incredible drawings and hilarious thoughts tied to your favorite games.Those with kids will appreciate Nintendo's first-class support for a family-friendly environment. You don't ever have to worry about an inappropriate ad appearing on the home screen, and there are parental controls for everything. (even MiiVerse is somehow relatively clean). The content of many of the top games are suitable for everyone, and many games feature ways for additional people in the room to play regardless of skill level. The ability to play on just the gamepad with the TV off will resolve many a fight.Sure some things could be better... to name a few: faster switching between apps, cross-buy with the 3DS eShop, more games that take advantage of the second touch-screen, and more internal storage space... but overall the Wii U is a fantastic fun machine unlike any other.
 
80
IProGamerz
10.14.14
Great system, it's cheap and it has great exclusives.
 
70
frankyan
09.29.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
60
JohnAndalora
08.23.14
If you want the basic Wii U experience, buy a Wii with games and draw a U on it. At least then you'll save a couple hundred bucks.I owned it for the first year of its life, and was extremely disappointed. Its library of games is growing for someone who hasn't bought it, but once you actually own the console and are waiting for other games, expect one retail game every 3-4 months. And if you don't like it, that's too bad. 2 at Christmas since you've been such a good boy.On top of that, It's all the same games you could get on other consoles. You got your new New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, Monster Hunter Pikmin, and coming is a new Zelda and new StarFox. And finally, the elephant in the room: the Gamepad. This was Nintendo's new device to beat the dead horse we call motion gaming. Rather than making it an extra peripheral, the console is centered around it... Or was. In some release games, the GamePad had some interesting features in games to try and change up the standard. ZombiU is probably the best example. Your backpack would be on the second screen, and you could switch out weapons in your hand and choose what to use to attack with. That's neat.Now, all that is being abandoned. Modern games like Donkey Kong Country don't even use it in game except for off TV play, and Mario Kart 8 decided to just use it as a horn. While you're still forced to keep it on for most games, the GamePad (in newer games) has such a low functionality that, unless you want to play HD games on a 6 inch screen, it's just not worth it.Nintendo will always be a company I admire for their IP and ability to think outside the box. But this isn't "outside the box" for Nintendo. It's just a Wii with some slight changes.When Nintendo gets back to their roots and makes a new console, I'll be in line day one to get it. But this isn't it.
 
70
i3ass2000
08.21.14
I love the exclusive Nintendo first-party games, but we want more games to come also from 3rd party developers. A lot of them choose to opt out the Nintendo Wii U, which is sad.
 
80
LinJuuichi
08.16.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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