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.
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.