Developed by: Nintendo
Accessories: Wii U Gamepad, Stylus, HDMI cable, NintendoLand game, Console AC adapter, Gamepad A adapter, Gamepad charging cradle, Game Stand, Console Stand, sensor bar.
Synopsis: This is Nintendo’s latest gaming console, which is a significant upgrade of their previous release, the Wii console. The most significant advances with this console are the Gamepad, which is a controller with its own screen, introducing a new level of interactivity. This is also the first Nintendo console to provide true HD gaming experience, with the console being supplied with a HDMI cable.
I admit, I was never a huge fan of the Wii console. Aside from some fun party games, and a desire to always return to good old Mario Kart, the console just did not hold my attention. There were perhaps many reasons for this. My favourite current gen console is the Xbox 360. It has always had the edge on Wii for graphics, already being full HDMI, and I have always found the 360 controllers one of the most comfortable to hold. Unlike the WiiMote, which I got sick of waving around like a lunatic. This for me detracted from otherwise good games, and was the main reason I gave up on Zelda: Skyward Sword. I just got sick of all the movement, which could be either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough.
The WiiMote is still an option for gaming on the Wii U, but it is no longer the primary gaming interface. The Wii U Gamepad is an amazing piece of technology, and whilst sometimes it only provides a mirror image of your TV screen, there are some games that really take advantage of this device. The premium pack comes with the game NintendoLand, a collection of twelve mini-games based around some of Nintendo’s most popular titles. Not all these games are brilliant, but those that take advantage of the gamepad are brilliant. Good examples include Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, a game taking you through a maze that you need to tilt the gamepad to navigate. Captain Falcon’s Twister Race is similar, but this time you are racing around an obstacle filled race track. One game that really takes advantage of the gamepad though is Takamaru’s Ninja Castle, where you sling ninja stars on the pad to your TV screen to hit your targets.
Like its predecessor, the current options in Wii U exclusive games are family oriented, which is fine given this has always been a Nintendo strength. They have made a family console, yet I feel that this is one that will once again let it claim a dominant place again in the modern market. Hopefully, they will make games that specifically take advantage of the options provided by the gamepad. If they do not, then this console could replicate the decline of the original Wii. That console was also innovative and initially quite fun. Lets hope that they get the mix right with future releases this time.
4 stars out of 5
Wii U Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e3qaPg_keg]
NintendoLand Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sawZZVrlsSo]
Games Line Up trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIe3Qvjpqh0]