Wii U Review

on Monday, December 8, 2014

What it is

Is it worth getting your hands on one?
Nintendo's successor to the Wii is the first new console launched in six years and represents the first entry in the eighth generation of videogame consoles (with new Xbox and PlayStation devices expected to follow in 2013-14). Unlike its predecessor, the Wii U boasts high-definition (1080p) graphics, and is notable for its unique GamePad motion controller, which incorporates a large touchscreen, stylus, speakers, camera, and microphone, though you can also opt for a more familiar Wii U Pro controller (similar to the current Xbox controller) instead. In addition, older peripherals like the Wiimote and Nunchuk will be supported, and you can continue to play your old Wii games on the new unit.

You'll need to download a firmware patch (available on the first day of release) to enable the console's online features, including Nintendo's eShop and the "Miiverse" social network. (Note that the need to obtain the day-one patch means that Wii U reviews are being published later than expected.) Additionally, the Nintendo TVii feature—which allows you to watch videos on services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube and use your GamePad to control most DVRs in addition to providing "second screen" content for shows you are watching on your TV—will not be fully implemented until December.


While many stores are reportedly sold out—forcing fans to shell out higher prices on the secondary market if they cannot wait to get the new console—the original retail price of the basic unit (white, 8GB memory) is $300, while a deluxe set (black, 32GB, includes GamePad charging cradle and NintendoLand game) retails for $350.

Launch titles

Listed below are the games available at launch (in North America) for the Wii U. Note that publications have only just begun reviewing them, so many of the titles do not yet have Metascores.


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