To Buy A Wii U At Launch Or Not?

22 Sep

There’s been a lot of information released about the Wii U in the last week and finally gamers, developers, critics and analysts know what the specs, release date and price for Nintendo’s new home console after months and months of waiting and speculation. The end result has been generally positive from what I can see, but I also think that the Wii U at this current point in time has divided people too. There a lot of people who believe Nintendo’s next console will be a joyous experience with its GamePad and third-party software too. But there is also many who believe that the console isn’t revolutionary enough, that the software line-up isn’t strong enough and that the console is too expensive. For me I can see both sides of the argument. Though as a Nintendo fan I’d like to think that Nintendo are a smart company and they’ll have some new and innovate games coming down the pipeline come holiday 2013. But obviously the question now is whether one should by the Wii U at launch in November or not. For me I’m not sure.

The Wii U, a console I’m sure will be awesome. But right now I’m unsure whether I should get one.

Now before Nintendo’s latest online video which previewed the Wii U in its finished format, I was very hesitant to buy a Wii U. I wasn’t overly fussed about the hardware specs because I’m not a gamer who plays games just because the console has a high CPU and GPU, I play consoles for the software. And that was the issue I had with the Wii U; the games. After E3 2012 there were only a few games I wanted to get for the Wii U and that was Rayman Legends and Zombie U, both were third-party developed games and both were miles more interesting than Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. But I was worried about the release date and price of Nintendo’s new console and since Nintendo were being so quiet about it, I grew even more curious as to whether I’d buy the console at all. But obviously times have changed and we now have all of the information about the Wii U just under 2 months before its European release on November 30th.

The fine line Wii U details may be important to some, but for me its all about the software.

After E3 2012 I was definitely interested in the Wii U but the problem was that there really wasn’t that much software I wanted to own. A lot of the games would be ports from the Xbox 360 and PS3 or would be third-party developed games with slight enhancements for the Wii U, none of which really appealed to me. The only games I was interested was Rayman Legends, Zombie U, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Lego City Undercover. Nintendo’s material really didn’t resonate with me at all, Nintendo Land seemed like a mini game collection of Nintendo franchises that should have been full games and New Super Mario Bros. U looked like the last set of 2D Mario games with the exception of HD graphics. I just wasn’t impressed. I just wish Nintendo had something as cool as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as a launch title, I know that was originally a Gamecube game also released on the Wii too with motion controls, but it worked and the game was awesome. After E3 I thought that Nintendo really needed to quench the thirst of its fan base. However some of my thoughts towards the Wii U’s software line-up has changed a great deal.

I think it was after watching the latest Nintendo Direct which was the massive Wii U Preview everyone had been waiting for that I started to look at some of the games differently, especially Nintendo Land. Now Nintendo Land was a game I looked at back at E3 with a great of disgust, while some of the games looked nice, I wasn’t convinced that its mini game collection of famous Nintendo franchises was a good idea. Though in the Wii U preview the Metroid game looked pretty damn cool and the Zelda game looked nice too and those two games alone would actually justify my obtaining of Nintendo Land. I’ve also begun to be swayed by New Super Mario Bros. U too, for some reason there’s an attractive/addictive nature to a new Mario game that makes me want to own it. Even though this new game looks like New Super Mario Bros. Wii except in HD with some new power-ups and new modes, I can’t help but feel like I want to play this game for the sake of it being Mario haha. Also Lego City Undercover I thought looked interesting, but I think in Nintendo’s recent preview of the Wii U the game is looking even more awesome than become, I like the sandbox nature of the game and the different ways you can get across the city and use different abilities by changing into different types of people. It seems to be a Lego game beyond the basic conventional ones we’ve been getting for the last few years. Though the most interesting and most appealing game on the Wii U is still Rayman Legends, that game is something I need!

This game captured my heart at E3 2012 and is still on my wish list at the moment.

Rayman Legends is still the most pretty, interesting and appealing game that the Wii U has on offer at launch (besides Zombie U). The gameplay looks as fast and furious as Rayman Origins, except even more zany than before and with more music influenced levels and player interaction thanks to the Wii U GamePad. And did I mention how incredible the art style is for this game? Rayman Legends just looks absolutely fabulous!

I guess now it just comes down to price and which bundle to buy. I think the Americans got the better deal on the Wii U as the UK retailers have been a bit corrupt with the pricing of the Wii U. Sure its new hardware and it isn’t exactly something that would be overly cheap, but when you think about it, in the past Nintendo have been the cheapest option when it came to consoles and have still been able to deliver good gaming experiences too. Right now I look at the Basic bundle contains 8 GB of storage, the Wii U GamePad and stylus, a HDMI cable, and a sensor bar which cost around £260, and I think that’s nice. But then I look at the Deluxe bundle adds on a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, 32 GB of onboard storage, the Nintendo Land game, as well as stands for the console and controller. And I think that’s clearly the better deal, but the price is around £310! And then I’m like is it really worth that much? I’ve never paid that much for any gaming console ever. So then I think should I just wait until 6 months down the line and see if there are better deals? Or do what I did with the 3DS and wait over a year and then obtain the console when there’s much better software? I really don’t know about the Wii U right now, I really want a Deluxe bundle of the Wii U, but I have no cash at the moment to make a pre-order, plus again that £310 price tag, it’s just a bit much for me. Well I guess I’ll see where things go over the next month, but all I do know is that the Wii U is starting to sell out in many places and I need to make a decision before they become unavailable.

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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Life, Media, Video Games


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