Nintendo have certainly pushed the boat out with this, and if there’s one word to describe the Wii U it would be “console”. Broadening it to two words, “games console”. There is little doubt in my mind that this is a console which is designed to play games. It features a controller, which has a screen on it. I know this because I absolutely definitely have a Wii U right now and am not just making this up because it doesn’t come out in the UK for several weeks yet.
The console seems to be well-made, with its plastic shell covering up its interior parts which others are saying are “powerful” and make the games look “pretty similar to how they look on other consoles”. The new controller, with its touch screen, allows you to put parts of the screen onto the controller, or alternatively to put the whole screen onto the controller. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the console, a part I would describe as “happening”. In my living room. Because I have a Wii U.
The games line-up is adequate, and superior to prior offerings from Nintendo. Much comparison has been made between the Wii U and the 3DS before it with regards to a strong/weak line-up, and on this issue I have to say that I agree with whatever it is that the majority of critics are saying about the games. Also I express my frustration that I have to wait until March for the “launch window” to finish and for us to get all of the games for me to play on my most-definitely-existing Wii U console.
Nintendo have done a very good job on bringing this console to market, and from what I can tell, they have sold many consoles around America. If I were to give the Wii U a score out of ten, I would be unable to, because it is very difficult to quantify a piece of hardware and its entire launch line-up on a single, linear scale. And not because I don’t have a Wii U. Not that at all.
9/10 of 4 Stars.