Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Is The WII U for U?

You may be thinking: "I want to buy a video game console that feels brand new, but isn't so expensive! Is the WII U right for me?"

I have heard a boat load of great comments about the WII U, and I've heard Sony & Microsoft "fanboys" throw dirt at the WII U. Some people on the internet say the WII U has a bunch of great games, and other anti-Nintendo people say that Nintendo is lacking 8th-generation graphics, which may be true. But I own a WII U, so instead of listening to these gamers have discussions about the WII U, I figured I should give you an honest review of Nintendo's newest console, the WII U. 

If you've been sitting on your couch, using your internet browser, watching videos and you've found yourself saying, "Watching things in 720p is horrible! I just can't stand that I can't watch my video in 1080p," the WII U is NOT FOR U! The WII U is the first Nintendo console to run games at 1080p, which is exciting, it is, but the graphics on the WII U's competitors are much more impressive. So if you are obsessed with stunning graphics and realistic-looking games, the WII U may not be the best gaming platform for you.

Now, if you want to play violent, M-rated games on your home console, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will satisfy you more easily. The WII U doesn't have too many third-party shooting games. And many shooting-based games for the WII U have already been out for other consoles.

Okay, so the WII U will fit perfectly for people who want to be able to play multiplayer family-oriented games. Many games that are exclusive for the WII U are perfect for family game nights and parties. With family-friendly games like New Super Mario Bros U, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land, the WII U is sure to bring games that will suit everyone in the family. And with the variety of controllers for the WII U such as the Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuck, The Wii Wheel, The WII U Gamepad, The Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro Controller, and the GameCube controller (when the adapter comes out later in 2014), everyone should be able to find a controller that suits them. And with the backwards compatibility of the WII U, people who want to play their favorite Wii games on their WII U can just put in a WII disk into their WII U and play. So those of you who want to play Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, or New Super Mario Bros Wii on their brand new console can! And if your an adult who wants to feel like their young again and play classic NES, SNES, and Game Boy Advance games can! With the Wii U's "Virtual Console," you can download classic games from your childhood and play them. Even though the WII U's Virtual Console doesn't have too many games (unlike the Wii's Virtual Console), the new Virtual Console is sure to entertain gamers that grew up with an NES, or Super Nintendo.

So, hopefully this review helps you may your decision on whether to purchase a WII U. But I just need to mention that I bought a WII U, and I certainly don't regret it.

Monday, 21 July 2014

7th, 8th and future 9th Console Generation Opinions


 Okay, so as most gamers know, the WII U is currently selling badly, which is disappointing considering the WII sold so well during the past 7th generation. Now here is something to consider: Why did the WII sell so well?
In my opinion, the Nintendo WII (November 2006) sold well because it appealed to families more than it did to gamers. First of all, the most common controller for the WII is the odd looking WII Remote. In comparison to the Xbox 360 Controller and the Dualshock 3 controller for the PlayStation 3, the well known "Wii Remote" is the cheapest looking out of all 3 of them, and in the future I want to see more Nintendo controllers that are as comfortable as the Gamecube Controller (predecessor) and as nice looking as the Xbox One controller. I as a Nintendo fan prefer the Gamecube Controller and the Wii Classic Controller than the "Wii Remote." But the issue is, the Wii Classic Controller needed to be plugged into a Wii Remote, so technically, the controller was only useful for playing older games on the Wii's virtual console. One thing I do love about the Nintendo consoles is the backwards compatibility. That's one thing that is great about the Wii. I can play Gamecube games and use a Gamecube Controller on a Nintendo WII. With the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, there is no backwards compatibility with their predecessors. The Virtual Console on the 3DS and WII U surely need more games, and it would be nice to see some Gamecube games on the WII U's Virtual Console. Now, people say that the WII U lacks third party content, while the Xbox One and PS4 don't. I think that the Nintendo titles for the WII U seem amazing like Smash Bros 4 and Mario Kart 8, but the WII U still needs some other games else than the usual Mario Bros, 3D Mario VS Bowser games, and the Zelda games. Now as Nintendo's big step up with the WII U is the HD graphics, Nintendo needs to start making powerful consoles that someday will be even more powerful than the PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

So, I've heard many things about the Xbox One, and my opinions are, "So, are the games any good?" Okay, Microsoft. So you're telling me instead of using Cable, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV, I should use you're product (the Xbox One) to watch television? And now I "get" to pay $100.00 more for Kinect? No way. The Xbox One is one barely seems like a machine I'm supposed to play games on. I feel like Sony's focus is on having great games that gamers and maybe some more non-gamers can enjoy playing. I feel like Microsoft should realize that making us pay so much money on an
"Xbox One," or "Windows PC in disguise" is annoying. And after wasting your money on an Xbox One, they make you pay for Xbox Live. I like the idea that PS4 controllers and the WII U Gamepad can be charged instead of having to have battery changes, despite the fact that the DualShock 4 and WII U Gamepad don't last for as long as an Xbox One Controller.

Obviously, Nintendo still refuses to make their games for the Xbox One, PS4, PSVita, and other recent devices, which means buy a WII U if you play games that have Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, and the WII U will soon have Super Smash Bros 4. Gamers who like online interaction and voice chat will like their PS4 and even more, their Xbox One (even though you need to pay for Xbox Live.) The PS4 comes with cheap headphones, so you may want to buy a headset for your PlayStation 4. While the PS4 and Xbox One are more powerful than their competition, the WII U, Nintendo is still improving the console by releasing new system changes.

                     So, the question is: What do I think will happen in the next generation of consoles?

I think Nintendo will try and make more powerful consoles, and they may try and immitate Microsoft a bit, and I think Nintendo will start fresh and get rid of their classic "Wii" and "DS" names, but then again, we have the Wii, Wii U, and Wii Mini. That's three Wiis. We also have the DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSiXL, 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS. So either Nintendo love the classic DS and Wii names, or they are running out of creative names. Within the next 3 years, Nintendo will most likely release a new handheld console. It may be a 1DS, a SuperDS, a WiiDS, or maybe even a DSAdvance! Most likely in 2018, Nintendo will release a new home console, and I'm expecting due to the WII U's lack of power, the next home console will have MUCH better graphics, and many other options. The PlayStation 5 is probably going to have a Dualshock 5, and since I like PlayStations better than Xboxes, I'm hoping the PS5 will be more powerful than the next Xbox unlike the PS4 VS the Xbox One. I hope Sony tries to make a better handheld console than the PSVita considering the PSVita didn't do so well, and was no competition compared to the Nintendo 3DS. Now let's talk about Microsoft. I feel like even though Microsoft is making GAME CONSOLES, Microsoft is still going to try and compete with Apple in their GAME consoles. The Xbox One will probably still be releasing games after the next Xbox is released considering that games are still being released for the Xbox 360. But because Microsoft makes consoles that have so many options, if the next Xbox will be amazing, and Microsoft makes their console maybe $120 dollars cheaper, the next Xbox will be a success. And who knows, maybe we'll have a new competitor! There's a possibility that maybe Amazon or Apple may create a home console, but if they do, what will happen to Nintendo?