The Nintendo Wii U is a whole different ball game when it comes to gaming. Just about everything has been improved, changed, or expanded in some way, mostly for the better.
The most obvious change is the new controller for the Wii U. It is kept simple, with the standard d-pad and 4 buttons with two bumpers configuration, we have all come to know and love. Near the left and right bumpers are two analogue sticks, which allow for finer motion controls in game mode that the d-pad could never achieve.
The touchscreen placed right in the centre of the controller is an interesting addition that works well with many games. If this wasn’t enough, the Wii U controller is also packed with motion controls that work equally well as the standard Wii.
The Wii U is also backwards compatible with most of the Wii items. The Wii motes can connect with the Wii U. You can play with up to 4 Wii motes and one Wii U controller, giving the console a new grand total of 5 players at once.
The old Wii games are also compatible with the new console. You can even import online and game data from your Wii. Now you don’t have to backtrack and do the entire game over again, if you stopped in the middle of it!
The new games that are supported on the Wii U are excellent. One thing that held the Wii back, was the lack of really good third-party support. Looking at the Wii U’s list of available games and seeing games like Assassin’s Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty Black Ops II and Batman Arkham City. I can say that this shouldn’t ever be a problem for this generation of Nintendo consoles.
The games also play amazingly well, better than the Wii at any rate. Nintendo did a lot with this console, and it is reflected in the system specs.
First thing anyone would notice is the better graphics that rank right on up there with the PS3 and the Xbox 360. This is accomplished with a Radeon high-definition GPU and runs smoothly thanks to an IBM multicore processor.
Storage leaves a little to be desired however, with only 8 GB internal memory on the standard package. There is a better option available at 36 GB but will cost you an extra $50 for the deluxe set.
The pricing is one of the consoles weaker areas. On release the deluxe Wii U package is $100 more expensive than the Wii. This will not kill the Wii U, but it will hold it back from absolutely exploding like the Wii did.
While Nintendo didn’t reinvent the wheel with the Wii U, I feel they built a great system to carry the torch through this generation Combining bits and pieces from every corner of the market, Nintendo has delivered us a solid system to last the next 10 years.