About six years ago, Nintendo released a console called the Wii U. It’s a followup to Nintendo’s previous console, the Nintendo Wii. The Wii U was only alive for six years before the Nintendo Switch was released. Although the console is still alive, there are hardly any new titles for it; the ones that do exist get mixed reviews from the public. I recently got a Wii U for myself. It took me a long time to decide I want one, and when I posted to the gaming community that I got a Wii U, the first comment on that post was:
“that fact that its a wii u makes me mad why not a switch tho”
I didn’t defend the console, but I did tell him why I wanted a Wii U. What I honestly cannot fathom to understand, though, is why the Wii U got so much hate in the first place. The Wii U is not dead, though, and I will tell you why.
While I understand not many people enjoy the fact that the Wii U uses a gigantic clunky controller, I think it was an ingenious idea. I remember when I was a child and the Wii U first came out, I was in awe of the fact that you could shut the TV off and keep the game playing using the screen on the controller; this means that if someone wants to use the TV you can switch it and keep the console going. It even has an 8mm headphone port and its own volume knob so you can use it like a handheld console.
Granted, it’s no Playstation Portable or Playstation Visa (the console works on Infrared so you have to be constantly in range of the console. I experimented with the range and got about 40 feet away before the display began to glitch) but it’s the next best thing. And not many people took advantage of the TV button next to the power button.
THE TV BUTTON
The Wii U had functionality that not many consoles at the time had. The one I want to call to light is the TV button. As I’ve said, the Wii U Gamepad works with your television and the Wii U through infrared (the same as all wireless controllers such as the Xbox 360 controller). This means that if you connect to your television, you can use the Wii U as a remote (you can literally adjust the volume on your television and change the channel if you lost your remote) so you have something to use while you look for your television remote.
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS U
I reviewed this game in detail over here, so go ahead and check it out after you’re done reading this article. New Super Mario Bros U is a fresh take in the series, and I fell in love with it. It’s definitely a game that beginners would pick up as long as you’ve playedprior games in the series. As a nice addition, once you’ve beaten the game, you can return as Luigi for an even harder experience.
SUPER MARIO MAKER
I haven’t reviewed Super Mario Maker yet. This defining title, however, is the main reason I say that the Wii U isn’t dead. When it hit the market in 2015, it was a total game changer. Before Super Mario Maker, you could make your own levels using Super Mario Flash 2, but it was really complicated. Even then, you could only make levels in the Super Mario World style. However, now, you can make your own Mario titles and upload them to the internet for others to play. Even if you’re new to the Wii U and are wondering what to play, you should definitely play this one.
I understand that there are a lot more titles for the Wii U. I don’t want to seem biased by only including Super Mario titles. Since I was a kid, however, I’ve always associated Nintendo with Mario.
If you want to buy it for yourself, you can find it here.