One? Four? I choose U.
We’ve seen Joel and Morgan’s articles on which console they believe you should be picking up in November, but - while they both have valid points - I can’t help but feel they’ve ignored the other console in the equation. Joel praises the Xbox One for its design, firmware, media capabilities, Kinect functionality, more media capabilities, TV features we’ll likely never see, oh and then some games at the end there, while Morgan focuses on what matters most: the games…. or at least the promise that what we’ve been shown will be good.
I don’t doubt that the two upcoming consoles will each be amazing in their own right, but the latest Nintendo console (while off to a rocky start) has a lot going for it: games, amazing franchises, and fun in every corner. Let me break it down...
Let’s get right into it: the reason you want a new console is for the games you'll play on it. The Nintendo Wii U has already accumulated a fairly decent list of games you can only find on the little console that could.
A fairly rushed launch title for the Wii U, and one met with some mixed reviews, sure, but people who saw ZombiU for what it was - a survival horror, and not an FPS action game - spent their first few weeks with the console immersed in a zombie apocalypse like never before. Having to rummage through your inventory on the GamePad screen, while trying to keep an eye on your TV for any incoming threat, meant players could never really escape the tension. There’s a reason we gave it an 8.5.
While not the prettiest looking game to be released recently - it is, after all, a port of a 3DS game - it’s definitely one of the most addictive experiences to be found on the Wii U. The Monster Hunter franchise is absolutely enormous and it's easy to understand why; once the game gets hold of you, it just doesn’t let go. Fight monsters to create armour and weaponry so you can take on even bigger monsters; then do it over and over again, offline or online with friends and strangers. I had to be pried away from the Wii U to give this an 8.8 in my review.
Nothing showcases Nintendo charm quite like the Pikmin franchise, and number three in the series does just that like never before. With a saturated realistic look, comical interactions between main characters, and a difficulty that punishes those who don’t use their minds, it really is a game for all ages. After not delivering a new Pikmin title for almost 10 years, it was uncertain if Nintendo were going to be able to replicate the magic of previous games in the series. But they did, and you can read more about why we gave it a 9.3 in our review.
From the creators of the Viewtiful Joe series comes one of the most saturated, intense, challenging, and fun titles the Wii U has seen so far, and it all runs at a blistering 60 frames per second. Chuck it on "normal" difficulty and you’ll quickly realise that this Nintendo console is more than capable of supporting a hardcore audience. If you don’t break down and lower the difficulty, you’ll manage to reach a new level of gaming nirvana by the end of the game, be at one with the controller, and ready to replay the stages with your new power-ups. How’d it go? 8.8, thank you very much.
You might wonder why you’d need to replay a 10 year old title (The Wind Waker, after all, first released for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003.) You might want to know what Nintendo could possibly do to make paying retail price for a game that’s two generations old worthwhile. Maybe you’d be happy with the game in high def. Maybe you'd also require better lighting and rendering. Some crisper textures? A way to make all that sailing a little less tiring? With too many new features to list, every aspect of the remake improves on the original, making this the definitive version to own. Trust me, there’s a reason we gave it 9.5.
The best thing about picking up a Wii U now is that you can also grab a handful of great exclusives, and have no time for anything else until well past Christmas. If that’s not enough for you, there’s plenty of other exclusives coming in the next few months that should have you covered. How does Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, and Bayonetta 2 sound?
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