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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good New Console

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    Hustyv31
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    The Wii U is a good console that offers multiple functionality, it has a simple design, easy to setup, has neat games in its early run since it was released. I must admit that I bought the Wii U to play one game, and that is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the online functionality, and I did not regret doing it. I was really skeptical about buying the Wii U for just one game, as it would seem stupid in doing so. That's what I thought at first. I found that it has some neat features such as the Mii Maker virtual cartoony version of yourself, that relates to the MiiVerse, which is a social gaming network for Nintendo. It's easy to navigate, but is a little slow to start up for such a simple program. You can choose to favorite a community for a specific game and just just to it next to open up MiiVerse. The graphics are alright, kind of the same as PS3/360's. Game line up is good for now. A lot of games have been already out for the other consoles, but is a good thing for Wii U owners who doesn't have those consoles, because it made it accessible for Wii U owners. Hardware-wise, the Wii U is not really impressive, but delivers for what a gaming console should. No lags while playing a game as far as my experience goes. It is also backwards compatible with Wii games, although I don't have a Wii U, I would just like to point that out. I find this console to be more game centric which is a great thing. Although it has terrible memory space, you can just use your external memory devises, which should be available in almost every household at this current day and age. The gamepad is the thing that I really liked about the Wii U, because it allows me to play my games without having to connect to a TV and allows me to move around the house. My only gripe with it is the range you can stray from the console. Nintendo should have made it rangier and not easily blocked or disrupted by walls and electronic devices (conducted an experiment on this). Overall, if you have a PS3/360, and don't really have a reason to buy this console, like a game that is only available to it, then I wouldn't recommend buying it. And just save your money for the other next gen console. If you have a family with young children, then this is a good gaming console for them and for you as well. It has parental control features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Improvement over original Wii

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    Dino3546
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    I bought my original Wii to use with the Wii balance board and exercise programs. After my original Wii console was stolen, I decided to wait for the release of Wii U to replace my stolen console. With the Wii U, I can still use my original balance board and all my old software by selecting the Wii icon from the Wii U menu screen. My old software does not display anything on the game pad, only Wii U software will do that, and there isn't that many Wii U titles available in the stores in my area. I had to replace my original hand held controllers with newer MotionPlus controllers. The old controllers would not work with the newer version of Wii available on Wii U. I read that a Wii U version of Wii Fit balance board exercise software will be released in February 2013. I hope I will not need to purchase a new balance board for use with that software. The game pad makes it possible to watch TV and play a game at the same time, but this is not a feature I use that much. The game pad is much easier to use than the point and click screen pointing hands available with the old Wii controllers. My old Wii console had a primitive, almost useless internet browser, but the Wii U internet browser is greatly improved. The Wii U browser makes it possible to display streaming internet content on my large screen TV. I also activated third party software for downloading movies and TV shows to my Wii U. Because of these new TV viewing options available through the Wii U, I was able to reduce my monthly cable TV bill. With these savings, the Wii U paid for itself in less that four months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great console, but wait for the good games

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    Maaaaax
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    To be up front, the Wii U is not a console that everyone should run out and get now. Most likely at this year's E3 conference we will see the titles that will really sell the Wii U, because right now there really isn't much to play. As for the console itself, it's a great piece of hardware with a lot of fun and interesting new features that make it a great living room console. All the standard entertainment features are there (Netflix, Web Browser, Youtube App, Hulu, etc), but what's great about the Wii U is that it has great features for gamers. The new "Miiverse" offers gamers of all interests a new way to interact with communities that enjoy the same games they do. You can share screenshots, ask for game tips, or just have fun conversing about what gamers love: games. Another excellent feature is remote play, the ability to play many games right on the Wii U gamepad instead of on the TV. I've used this on countless occasions just to play video games in bed, sit outside and play, or to continue playing a game if someone else wants to watch TV. It's a very cool console with a lot of potential. This year we will see the announcement of games in the Mario Kart and Smash Brothers series as well as the release of a new 3D Mario adventure, a remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Pikmin 3, and Sonic Lost World, just to name a few. As I said, it isn't necessary to buy one just yet, but if you have any interest in Nintendo consoles, you'll want one before this Fall for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bes over all Gaming /Media Device

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    bryan1977

    I have to admit I did originally buy it to resell it but after seeing it only sell for 450 on ebay I decided to open it and play it. I absolutely love it. Here is what I like about it. - watching tv while playing mario on gamepad - watching youtube on tv while searching for other things to watch or surfing internet on gamepad - graphics equal to ps3 - people answer questions quickly on miiverse - 8gb is no big deal because you can add a external hard drive for very cheap. so I don't know why people are buying the 32gb - manditory update was faster than any update I ever did on my ps3 - netflix browser is better than ps3 - great price and alot of games.I bought my ps3 when it came out for 600 and it only had 10 games at the time. I can't recomend this enough and it will only get better when more apps are developed for it. I can't wait for the TVII

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool new console

    Posted
    Dval
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    Purchased this unit for my brother a couple months back so that we could play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate together. Sadly, we haven't been able to play it much because of our work schedules. Interface is simple and easy to navigate. Initially, the load times were a bit too long but they did some updates to lessen it. Update times can take up to 1-2 hours depending on your internet connection as they did have some day 1 patches and have been updating consistently. Nothing different from the other consoles. Pretty much all of the apps that I use from my XBOX and PS3 are on here except or Crunchyroll...still hoping for that one. And possibly Neon Alley (both are anime streaming services) if I subscribe to it. Game selection is a little limited at the moment, but there's supposed to be a good push of top-tier titles later this year which I see as a major boost for the console going up against the XBOX One and the PS4. The system can recognize DVDs, but not Blu-rays :/ 8GB of internal memory is fine for most all applications. I've got a few 32GB flash drives if we really need more space. The system is backwards compatible with regular Wii titles. Don't expect to be able to use the Touch Pad with old titles, though. They weren't designed with it in mind and it's absurd to think that it would.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Old hardware and poor software

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    sylviandark
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    The Wii U graphics are comparable to the PS3 and 360 but the game library is much poorer. Other than Nintendo exclusives, which are few in number currently, there is no reason to get a Wii U instead of a PS3 or 360. Also the hardware on the Wii U is unimpressive. No fiber optic (which Sony had on the PS2 over a decade ago), no USB headset support, no bluetooth headset support, no DVD support, no CD support, no Blu-ray support, no media server support, no ethernet support. Games are all played differently so you'll need three different controllers (expensive). And official Nintendo controllers won't work on official Nintendo games - the Wii U pro controller won't work with New Super Mario Bros U. There is online play, but with how few consoles have been sold and how few headsets are supported, you won't find many people to play and talk with. Third-party developers either don't release games or don't support them on the console. EA and Activision have opted not to release DLC for Wii U games that are available on other consoles. Only buy the Wii U if you absolutely love Nintendo games like Mario and Zelda. Otherwise wait for a real next-gen console like the PS4.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice little powerful machine

    Posted
    PatolocoCR
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    As a Nintendo fanboy, I've always favored the Big N over its competitors: SEGA, Sony and Microsoft, I had a GameCube, not an Xbox or a PS. I preferred the Wii over the obviously more powerful PS3 and X360. And now, I decided to get a WiiU instead of the PS4 or whatever comes next. I don't consider myself a casual player, nor a hardcore gamer. As an 'in beetween', I like to have fun while playing a game. I don't like to get frustrated in a certain game because its complexity, and its '12 finger +4 toes' control schemes. I really enjoyed simple games. Now, the WiiU seems to be keeping the same line of games, as well as showing a launch roster with some mature titles as well. I am currently enjoying Assassin's Creed III. Money wise, this console cost the same as a PS3, so, it comes out cheap considering it's a new system. However, if you think about the extra space you need for your new games, prepare to spend about $100 extra in an external HDD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great system that only lacks in content.

    Posted
    OnBeingHuman
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    I've always been a fan of Nintendo, and I still am to this day; however, this console's launch line up has been incredibly poor. I did go into this purchase knowing this full well though, so I can't completely knock this console's credibility. The content is coming, and we all remember that the Nintendo 3DS's launch line up was super poor as well, and now it's rivaling the bohemoths like the 360 and the PS3; leaving the Vita in the dust. The touch screen is great, and I love that you are able to play games, even when someone wants to watch TV. I find myself playing games in bed before I sleep, even though the console is hooked up to the television in the living room. I also love the incorporation of the MiiVerse. I only wish that I could give this console a 5 star review, however, at this point, the console lacks the most important element when playing games... it lacks games. Also, if you get the 8GB version, be sure you have a compatible external hard drive, because you're going to need it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great for new Wii owners

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    GameChanger
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    The Wii U is a great buy if you don't already own a Wii! Basically the only obvious improvement from the old Wii to this one is the HDMI capability. Other than that you can use most old Wii games but you cannot use them with the Wii U handheld so that's useless and it was one of the main reasons we purchased the Wii U. All the DDR games cannot be played which was a total deal killer for me. So if you want to take full advantage of the Wii U features, you must buy the new games go figure (go figure) and there are not too many games currently available. The icing on the cake was it took FOREVER to initially set up the system, took at least two hours for the system to download and install all the "updated" software. For a machine that's not even been on the market for a year yet that seems a bit ridiculous.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, underrated console

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    Galengwath
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    As fans of the nintendo wii, my wife And I recently sprung for a Wii U. It shares a lot of similarities with the original Wii, but has plenty of new features (and upcoming new games) for it to be worthwhile for Nintendo fans. Of course it's not without drawbacks. Porting saved game files and downloading updates took a long time initially, and the system has to be rebooted to play old Wii games, but those are pretty minor quibles. Likewise its hardware isn't as great as the upcoming Sony and Microsoft consoles, but the draw here is really traditional Nintendo titles. Granted, there are't a lot of games put yet, but there are plenty more in the pipeline. While it certainly is't the groundbreaker that the original Wii or NES were, the U is a capable console that promises lots of quality nintendo play in the years to come. I'm glad we bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great system for old fashioned game lovers

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    Teremei
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    With the WiiU, what you're gonna get is all the great Nintendo games, Mario 3D, Luigi, Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and hopefully some new IPs, all with nice current gen PS3 level graphics. The WiiU will not compete graphically with the PS4 or Xbox One. But that is ok, if all you want is awesome quality games and an affordable console. The tablet controller is unique in that most games you can play entirely on the tablet without ever having to turn the TV on. Seeing New Super Mario Bros U on that tablet controller makes me feel like I'm playing a large portable instead of a game console. And that is kind of a unique experience. Overall I rate WiiU a 9 for fun and 6 for tech (since it's gonna lag behind most of the next gen games on other platforms).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Graphics, Great Games, and the Best Extras

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    Tbear2
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    The Wii U is so cool. You can use the game pad to play games or watch Netflix while others in your family are using the TV for their own uses. It really takes advantage of the 1080p HD, even for games from the virtual console giving new life to old games. The Wii U can play your Wii games plus you can transfer your virtual console and wiiware titles over to the Wii U then for only about a dollar more you can even upgrade them to HD. You can use Wii accessories like the Wii remote, nunchuck, and the classic controller in conjunction with new Wii U games saving you money on expensive new accessories. Internet setup and navigation is a breeze with the new game pad. Even more players can play, for example New Super Mario Bros. U handles up to five players. I love it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kids loved their new Wii U!

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    SanAnto
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    I purchased the Wii U basic package after the holidays, and it came with a copy of Nintendo land. Saved me $50 over the Deluxe set. Set-up was quick and easy, it took about 40 minutes to update the Wii U on the first power up. The system came with an HD cable, and power cord for the gamepad. Took me about a minute to sync the original Wii controllers that I already had. Let the kids loose on the system and they played both Mario bros and Nintendo land with no problems. Setting up the internet connection was easy, and programing the TV with cable box was no problem either. I would say that the kids are happy with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's great if you're a Nintendo fan

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    CaulkR
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    The Wii U is great for its audience- the die hard Nintendo fans, and the people who just want to play first party Nintendo games. I think everyone has learned this by now- since the Gamecube, and maybe starting with the 64, you buy a Nintendo so that you can play their awesome first party games when they come out. I can't forsee Nintendo making any progress in converting Sony or Microsoft users (even though I'm sure many people buy multiple consoles). I wouldn't recommend this to someone who is only going to purchase one console. Everything runs fine- I personally don't care for the interface of the Wii and the Wii U, but it's nice having some of the social features that were lacking with the Wii.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good but can't say I'm amazed

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    g0lf3r
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    The machine is a good upgrade to the initial Wii. They did a great job with the new screen/pad and smart to make the wii controllers compatible. Integrating the old Wii is a bit odd as you run a separate app/emulator for the games. Not a big issue but it's not native either and the freezes on the old wii games still happen on the new one. To update the machine when you first turn it on takes 30-45 minutes, a lot of time for an initial experience. Also to migrate your old wii data to the new one is a very long process as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A pretty box that is all but useless

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    Riverrider2

    As with every other Nintendo product I've purchased for my daughters, the internet connection must be set up manually. The auto connect feature goes through the motions, claims to be successful, but doesn't work. After setting up the connection manually, we still cannot connect to Nintendo's services. Connection is required to be able to do anything other than use the web browser. It's Christmas Day. The primary gift to my kids is useless, and Nintendo is closed. What a user experience - all bad so far.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile system that's great for all!

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    flagg122
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    I really like this game system. Although, there aren't a lot of adult games, the games that they do have have amazing graphics. I am able to browse the internet without saving the game and I can come back to the game easily at anytime. The nintendo eshop doesn't have any "channels" that can be added that aren't games. I assume they will come out with some in a short time. Overall, the system is a lot of fun, especially with the game pad. You can do a lot with the game pad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good system

    Posted
    kimmiej99
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    I love the Wii U but I wish they had the deluxe edition when I went to buy one; instead I bought the basic version. The deluxe version is certainly a better buy. Other than that, the system is fine, setting up parental controls was easy, and the new games are great. We only have one issue with one game locking up so far. I love the new game pad! Switching to the "old" Wii menu is kind of funky to play the old Wii games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IT'S AWESOME

    Posted
    BELLE22

    This system it is awesome for those who love mario or are mario fans not only because of the game but because it has internet build in it, touch screen, 1080p, and you get to use hulu plus and youtube and the best part its that people could change the channel and the game could still be played.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade from wii. Still not competitive.

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    theLarkitect
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    Nice upgrade from the Wii. New Super Mario Bros. is fun. Once Sony and Microsoft release their new systems, the Wii U will probably suffer the same fate as the Dreamcast. I think Nintendo hasn't had a great console since the SNES while Sony and M$ keep improving with each new system. If the Wii and its first-party games didn't interest you then the Wii U isn't for you. I think Wii U purchasers will know who they are.

    I would recommend this to a friend