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The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all dominated console gaming for the past few decades. Each company’s consoles has something unique to it through design, features, exclusives, and much more but, the question is which current generation console is the best? The Wii U is an eighth generation gaming console that is the successor of the Nintendo Wii which were both manufactured by Nintendo. The Wii U was released in North America on November 18, 2012 and is Nintendo’s sixth home console. The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

To start, the Wii U is the only console out there with great quality through games, features, and many more for a lower price. The Wii U has better bundles for cheaper prices for example, The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set which includes the Wii U hardware, gamepad, the co-op game Super Mario 3D World, the party game Nintendo land, and with additional storage space and accessories.[2] All of this is for $299.00 which is considered to be an amazing deal compared to the PlayStation 4 500GB the Last of Us Remastered Bundle for $449.99 [4] and the Xbox One + Halo Master Chief Collection Bundle for $349.99 [5] because both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles only come with one game and less materials to them. Also, the leading Wii U games start at about $50.00 to $60.00 while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are $60.00 to $70.00. Also to add, the Wii U controllers are cheaper than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Controllers. For example a Wii remote plus controller costs $40.00 and the Wii u pro controller costs $50.00 while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers cost $60.00. [1] Another example of the Wii u having better prices is that Nintendo doesn’t charge you for online services unlike the PlayStation 4 which charges $49.99 per year for PlayStation plus and Xbox One which charges $59.99 per year for Xbox Live Gold. Now that the advantages for the Wii U when it comes to price have been explained lets continue with an explanation of the Wii U’s amazing features. [6]

 

Secondly, the Wii U contains a lot more features than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can ever have for several reasons. To start off, unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the Wii U is the only console in this generation to have backwards compatibility. “This means that you’re free to play any of your old Wii games on your Wii U, or buy cheap used Wii games”.[1] The Wii U also has Miiverse which is like Nintendo’s version of Facebook on a console. The thing that makes Miiverse so great is its accessible just minutes after you set up your Wii U. In Miiverse you can take and share screenshots of games with others and since Nintendo is a family friendly there is no foul language of any kind in Miiverse. The Wii U also has local multiplayer (something that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have limited lately) which consist of fun co-op games that are enjoyable with friends and family. These games include New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, and Super Mario 3D World. “The Wii U offers multiple control configurations unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, also making it among the most consumer-friendly dedicated gaming consoles of all time”. [3] These controllers are the pro controller which has a similar design to the gamepad and an Xbox controller but no touch screen, a Wii remote which was the controller for the previous console the Wii and is compatible with the Wii U, and the gamepad which is the most unique of the three controllers. The main reasons the gamepad is unique because unlike most controllers if you lose or break your gamepad you have to buy a brand new console because you can’t buy a new gamepad. Also, you are able to play games on the gamepad without having to turn on the T.V. so if you have a sibling who wants to play on a different console or watch T.V. you can still play on your gamepad. Now that the unique features of the Wii U have been addressed lets finish with talking about the great exclusives on the Wii U.

 

Finally, the Wii U has the best exclusives out with some of the best game franchises in history. The two best exclusives out for the Wii U are Super Smash Brothers Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD. Super Smash Brother is one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time. Super Smash Brothers brought a new face to the fighting genre of gaming by adding percentages instead of life gauges. Smash Brothers Wii U brings all of Nintendo’s most popular characters together for one brawl to decide who is number one. Super Smash Brothers also help promote helped make consumers aware of other Nintendo characters and game franchises and indirectly promote other Nintendo games. Super Smash Brothers Wii U broke a Wii U sale record for selling 490,000 physical copies in its first 3 days in North America.[7] PlayStation sort of has their own version of Super Smash Brothers which is called PlayStation All Stars. Though the game is fun playing with friends it doesn’t have the hype, game mechanics, and iconic characters Super Smash Brothers Wii U and there is no fighting game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that can compete with Super Smash Brothers Wii U in sales. Another great exclusive the Wii U offers is Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD which is the HD version of the original game that was released on a previous Nintendo console the GameCube in 2003. It’s the tenth game of the famous Zelda franchise and the basic plot is you are playing as a young boy named Link and you are trying to stop a man named Gannondof for obtaining all the pieces of the triforce. Wind Waker HD sold 152,000 copies in North America and since the game was part of a bundle for the Wii U an extra 35,000 Wii U consoles were sold which boost sales by 31%.[8] The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One don’t have any game franchises and exclusives that are as popular as the Wii U or remember able.

 

In conclusion, The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “If [people] could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can’t play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U.” – Satoru Iwata, C.E.O. of Nintendo. [9] The Wii U brought a new element to console gaming and made Nintendo branch out and try new methods to attract consumers and change the face of gaming forever.

 

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[2] Nintendo.com,. ‘Wii U – Buy Now’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/buynow

[3] IGN,. ‘5 Unique Features That Make Wii U Great – Blog By Gabe-IGN – IGN’. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.ign.com/blogs/gabe-ign/2013/12/14/5-unique-features-that-make-wii-u-great

[4] Best Buy Canada,. ‘Playstation 4 500GB The Last Of Us Remastered Bundle’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/playstation-4-playstation-4-500gb-the-last-of-us-remastered-bundle-3000594/10305409.aspx

[5] Microsoft Store,. ‘Xbox One Consoles & Xbox One Game Bundles – Microsoft’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/Xbox-One-consoles/categoryID.64724200

[6] Forbes,. ‘Six Reasons To Buy A Wii U Instead Of A PS4 Or Xbox One’. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/12/02/six-reasons-to-buy-a-wii-u-instead-of-a-ps4-or-xbox-one/

[7] GameSpot,. ‘Super Smash Bros. Breaks Wii U Sales Records’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/super-smash-bros-breaks-wii-u-sales-records/1100-6423811/

[8] King, Ashley. ‘Wind Waker HD Physical Sales Reach 152K, Boost Wii U Sales 31% In NA’. Wiiudaily.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://wiiudaily.com/2013/10/wind-waker-hd-sales/

[9] GamesIndustry.biz,. ‘Wii U: Dissecting Nintendo’s Biggest Quotes’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-20-wii-u-dissecting-nintendos-biggest-quotes

#1 Console of 2015 The WII U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 Console of 2015 The WII U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mage of the Wii U console with the gamepad controller

Image of the Wii U console with the Gamepad controller

 

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I purchased my Wii U on July 20th 2014, I was very satisfied with all the things the Wii U had through equipment, game titles, and other features. Sadly I’m very disappointed when I hear people bad mouth the Wii U because the Wii U doesn’t have good enough specs compared to the PS4 and Xbox One and other reasons. But I’m a guy who doesn’t really care much for Ram, CPU, GPU, and all those other specs. As a gamer I care about the experience you receive from playing certain games and remarkable characters that could be relatable or just something out of this world. Also, let’s be honest here the Wii U is clearly better than the PS4 and Xbox One in more ways you can imagine.

 

       First of all, the Wii U is cheaper than the PS4 and Xbox One with the PS4 and Xbox One being about $399.99 while the Wii U is $349.99 which is about a $50.00 difference. The Wii U also comes with two games instead of one with their amazing bundles like the Deluxe Edition with the Wii U set with 32 GB internal memory and
Black Wii U Hardware (Includes Nintendo Land video game) . But speaking of price though one of the biggest pet peeves I have with the PS4 and Xbox One is that you have to pay for online. I believe paying for the game is enough but when you have to play online that’s where I draw the line. The price for both of them per year is pretty ridiculous in my opinion with the Xbox One Live Gold being $59.99 per year and PlayStation plus being $49.99 per year. The Wii U is the only one of the three next generation consoles that has free online.

           

 

      

      There is no doubt the Wii U has the best and most exclusives of the current generation console. The Wii U has a wide variety of exclusives that I can name off the top of my head and anyone person I know would recognize. These exclusives are Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country, Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Super Smash Brothers Wii U. Also to add the upcoming exclusives coming out this year like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Legend of Zelda Wii U, and many more. My personal favourites are Mario Kart 8 for its competitive racing, Super Smash Bros Wii U because it includes all-star Nintendo characters from Wii and Wii U games, and Legend of Zelda Wind waker HD because it has incredible gameplay and top tier graphics.

           

 

       Probably one of best things about the Wii U is that it has backwards compatibility. This is probably the best perk that both Sony and Microsoft left out when they made the PS4 and Xbox One. This means if you have a Wii U and Wii you are able to play all your old Wii games on the Wii U like Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, Metroid Series, Punch Out!! Wii, Legend of Zelda titles, and many more. This relieves the hassle of switching between consoles and encourages people to purchase more Wii games. I don’t know about you but I prefer playing all my games for a specific console series on one system saves time for more games.The major advantage the Wii U has over the PS4 and Xbox One is that you can compromise with it. Lets say your brother wants to play his Xbox One game (boo) but you are playing a Wii U game, you can continue playing your game on the Gamepad while he can play his Xbox One game which is pretty cool. This only works with certain Wii U games like Windwaker HD for example.        

  

 

 

Super Mario 3D World Gameplay

Super Mario 3D World Gameplay

        

         

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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        The biggest thing the Wii U has over the PS4 and Xbox One is that it’s great for families. Many of the popular PS4 and Xbox One titles are all rated M (which means you have to be at least 17 to play) and they don’t have many games that appeal to younger children and parents. With the touch screen gamepad children have a fun and easier time navigating through the Wii U and its features. Many of the Wii U games are kid friendly so parents don’t have to worry about their children learning any swear words or traumatize them being with violence or all that other stuff. As a family you can spend hours playing all Wii U games. If you want to work together as a family play Super Mario 3D World or if your family wants some healthy competition play Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Brother Wii U (warning the competition might get to intense and someone will rage). Speaking of the subject the Wii U also has excellent co-op games that are terrific to play with friends like Smash, Donkey Kong, Super Mario 3D World, and etc… These games have range of 2-8 players (8 players being Super Smash Brothers Wii U).

   

     

Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD Gameplay

Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD Gameplay

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        The most important aspect of the Wii U in my opinion is the experience you get from playing the games. PS4 and Xbox One games are good like Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Infamous Second Son, and Last of Us. But the thing they lack is a sense of using your head when you play these games. When you play PS4 and Xbox One games you feel as if they are making the game too easy by adding pathways and hints to make the game simple and less enjoyable. But with Wii U games it’s completely different, put Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD for instance when I played through the temples I realized they told me next to nothing how to get through certain areas, do puzzles, and even fight bosses like they expected me to solely figure it out for myself. But, that made the game way more enjoyable and a lot more challenging because you have to rely on your instinct and common sense from time to time instead of the game helping you. Also when I see the popular PS4 and Xbox One games I mostly see games that have a lot of blood and gore. They also have a lot of violent games like GTA 5, Call of Duty Advance Warfare, and Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One the Wii U has popular games of many genres through racing, puzzles, RPGS, and many more.

   

     I put out all the facts for you, so now it’s up to you my readers and fellow bloggers do you think the Wii U is better than the PS4 and Xbox One it’s now time for you to decide. A wise man said this about the Wii U, “If [people] could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can’t play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U.” – Satoru Iwata,           

 

 

         

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