If you’re even remotely interested in video-games, you may have heard about the Wii U Console, the latest and greatest from Nintendo. While there are strengths and weaknesses to this device, there is much going in its favor. If you’ve been sitting in the fence and wondering whether you should purchase the Wii U or wait for the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, this article will show you all the good reasons to get gaming now.
First and foremost, the Wii U is a rather innovative console – so if you like keeping up with the latest technologies, that alone is good reason to buy it. Also, holding true to the tradition Nintendo has accustomed us to… its innovation is mostly concerned with new ways of playing games, rather than merely getting increased processing power.
New generation console
The Wii U is the first console in the newest (sixth) generation of video-games consoles; as such, it’s currently the most powerful game console available on the market, going above and beyond the PS3 or X-Box 360 with their aging hardware specs.
One of the most notable features of the Wii U is the tablet-style Joypad, featuring a 6” touchscreen that can be used as part of the control scheme. The secondary screen opens up a new world of possibilities to game designers, and should make way for many interesting concepts – not unlike what happened with the Wii U’s older, portable sibling, the DS.
One of the default software channels built into the Wii U is the Miiverse, which is essentially a social network for gamers. It allows creating a customized avatar, and associates it with your gaming records and accomplishments, as well as letting you interact with other players in many possible ways.
The screen-based gamepad available with the Wii U (two of which can be paired with the console at once), opens a new world of possibilities when it comes to local multiplayer games. For example, new game concepts should develop reminiscent of “Dungeons and Dragons” board games, where the player using the main gamepad acts as the “game master” by using the privileged information on the secondary screen to guide other players who interact with the TV screen.
Not only is the Wii U compatible with the games of the highly popular original Wii console, but it’s also compatible with all its peripherals, including the motion-sensing Wiimote. This is a great feature, since it allows players to keep using the controllers they’re already accustomed to, as well as allowing them to keep playing all the games in their library.
Additionally to being retro-compatible with games of the original Wii, the Wii U also plays most of the classic games from previous Nintendo consoles, thanks to the “Virtual Console” software channel. Dozens of such titles are available for download at low cost, with many more on the way.
Impressive Game Library
Even though it was only released a few months ago, the Wii U already has a rather impressive and diverse game library available, featuring many popular franchises such as Rayman Origins, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Brothers Wii U, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Pikmin 3, and enticing new titles like Zombie U, The Walking Dead, and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013.
Fun for all ages
As you can see from looking at the games already available for the Wii U, there’s something for every age level: including games for children, family fun and even grittier games aimed at older audiences. This is great, since it means everyone in your household can enjoy playing games they like on the same console.
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