Where Does The Wii U Fit In?

Where Does The Wii U Fit In?

With the holiday season fast approaching, as well as the next generation of gaming hardware, people are digging deep into their wallets. Whether it’s parents buying for children or people buying for themselves, Christmas always marks a rise in hardware sales. The big hitters this year will undoubtedly be the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo’s 3DS/2DS. The question, however, is where does the Wii U fit in?

As an owner of a Wii U since launch, I’ve had plenty of time with the system. I love the Wii U Pad, I love Miiverse, and I’ve had some great times with some of the Wii U’s games (Zombi U and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate being highlights). The problem with the Wii U is trying to maintain a sense of relevance in a changing market and industry.

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Since the Wii U was fully detailed, there have been questions over how it would fare with the arrival of the next generation systems. Would people be willing to invest a decent chunk of money into a system that would be expelled from the bracket of next generation? Sure, the Wii U has various interesting features, mainly the pad, but beyond that it doesn’t offer a whole lot–and that’s an issue.

It’s not like the games are bad. That’s very far from the case. The issue with the games is that most are either ports (often being released much later on Wii U than their counterparts), or HD remakes. Wind Waker HD is stunning and maintains every quality it did back in 2003 (it even makes decent use of the Wii U pad), and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate works fantastically well thanks to its online features and excellent DLC support, even if it does look quite ugly at times, but most people aren’t willing to pay large amounts of money for a system that hosts mainly ports and remakes. Bayonetta 2 and any new entries into classic Nintendo franchises will surely entice some people, but not as many as they once would.

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It’s not that I dislike Nintendo; they played a large part in my childhood thanks to their early home systems, and I’ll cherish them forever for that. I simply worry for the Wii U. Even as a fan of the system, I struggle to see where it will fit in next to the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One. There’s still plenty of time for Nintendo to work wonders with the Wii U, but in such a competitive market, time runs out a littler quicker than normal.

Price cuts, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, new IPs, and niche games could easily help the Wii U forge itself a identity helping it coexistent with the next generation of systems.

 

 

Sean Halliday


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