The Nintendo Wii was the top selling console when pitted against its more powerful brethren the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 around its release eight years ago. When it comes to its successor the Wii U though, oh how the tables have turned… The Wii U is still playing catch-up (to put it nicely) to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s not everyone’s favorite gaming console and it may not have the best AAA titles, but it is still a Nintendo!
Say what you may, but Nintendo has arguably been the King of console gaming for the last three decades. While its biggest 90’s rival Sega, shut down its hardware factory ten years ago, Nintendo is still very much in business. They could have fizzled out like Sega but the best thing Nintendo did for its brand was cater to a niche.
There will be a ‘Grand Theft Auto’ on the PlayStation, Xbox, PC, but there will only be one Mario Kart… What Nintendo brought with the Wii was a revolution. An industry that was focused on powerful graphics, high-def resolutions and mature titles saw Nintendo dominate with family-friendly games on a small console that’s biggest selling point was the motion-controlled Wii-Mote.
Its successor, the Wii-U, introduced a new gamepad with a built-in screen that would act as an extension of the gameplay on television, or a second-screen. It may even be used to play games on the gamepad itself. Nintendo finally embraced HD and launched a year ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And though it failed to build on the success of the Wii, it did manage to maintain its core demographic – Nintendo gamers.
But is it worth owning a Wii U? If you want a change from your first-person shooters and sports franchises, then a taste of Mario may be a worthy compliment for your PS4 or Xbox One. According to tech site The Verge, some quality Nintendo titles include ‘Mario Kart 8’, ‘Super Mario 3D World’, ‘Tropical Freeze’, ‘Pikmin 3’, ‘ZombieU’, and ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD’. There is even a virtual ‘Wii Mode’ that emulates the Wii on the Wii U.
The Wii U will never become a ‘must-have’ console, but Nintendo fanboys will continue to support it and its future generations for years to come!