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New toy: Wii U

February 3rd, 2013 by Cat

Categories: Wii U

Well, we caved and bought a Wii U Deluxe. I was originally waiting on better games to come out first, but then I changed my mind.

The first thing I should point out is that the Wii U is actually a console, not some sort of handheld thing. Many seem to think that the gamepad with the screen on it is the Wii U. Well, that thing is really just one of its controllers and doesn’t work unless the Wii U is on and nearby. The rest of its controllers are Wiimotes, the same ones you use on the Wii.

Wii U

About the Wii U itself:

  • I guess Nintendo assumes that if you buy a Wii U, you have a Wii already? It doesn’t come with any Wiimotes or nunchucks. (Good thing we already had like… 8 sets of them…)
  • This thing is slow. I am amazed at the delay just to return to the Wii U menu, or enter a settings menu, or start up a game.
  • While it can play Wii games, it forces you into the Wii menu. This means it pretty much shuts down and comes back up as a Wii. The gamepad can’t even be activated in this mode.
  • Updates, updates, updates. If you get it, I recommend starting it up immediately and just letting it download all of its updates while the gamepad charges. It’s updated with every game or app we’ve started up too.
  • I do like the gamepad a lot though. I think it has a lot of interesting potential, and I like that I can start up the Wii U and mess with things on the gamepad without turning on the TV.

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Wii U Experience

August 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: Wii U

A couple weeks ago, I got to go to a Wii U Experience! They’ve been doing this in several cities, where they set up a bunch of Wii U demos. When they were here in Austin, I think there were several sessions going on throughout the weekend. Thanks to a couple friends, my husband and I got on the guest list to one of them.

It was a lot of fun! The event was kind of small, so there wasn’t a long wait at any of the stations either. Here are my thoughts on each game, but please note that these are based on a short demo.

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