Yes, we all know about the Wii U. For years the Wii has been the subject of jokes by “gamers” everywhere. And by “gamers”, I mean Xbox and Playstation fans. But Nintendo is putting an end by creating the Wii U, the successor to the Wii that is geared toward the hardcore gamer. And it will destroy the competition.
First of all, the biggest leap with the Wii U is its native 1080p graphics. The Wii was only 480p, and the 360 and PS3 are both native 720p but can do 1080p if developers upres their games. Point is, the Wii U is native 1080p, so developers don’t have to break their backs in order to get 1080p.
The next biggest leap has to be the controller. Two analog sticks (that supposedly feel really good when playing shooters) and the touch screen right on the controller make games even better. Instead of the TV screen being cluttered with HUD stuff, it can all go on the controller so that you can enjoy the game’s environment without anything in the way. Not to mention you can play your games from anywhere in your house. Ever wanted to play Smash Bros. from your bath tub? Well now you can! And hey, want to feel like video chatting with your buddy at no cost? Go ahead!
Let’s not forget the online system. Not too much has been revealed about it, but Nintendo has said that the online system will be very flexible. So that means developers won’t have to spend all their time adjusting to Nintendo’s way of online gaming. They can do whatever they want in a quick manner, resulting in better online multiplayer games. Now combine that with the ability to stream games to the controller, and you can play Mario Kart online while you take a poop. What could be better?
I’ll tell you what could be better. Good third party games. Nintendo is finally going to stop restricting content in the games they publish. They want to keep their developers happy, which is why they made the console so flexible. They want their developers to choose what they want to do. By giving them a ton of stuff to play with to allow for more unique games, they’re clearly trying to satisfy developers and consumers.
But what about all of that Wii stuff you bought? You spent a fortune buying controllers and extensions and games and all types of stuff that you bought for your Wii! And it’s all going to go to waste, right? WRONG. The Wii U will be completely backwards compatible with all Wii games and accessories. So luckily, you don’t have to spend another fortune just to get multiplayer capabilities. Now, you’d think this would be common, but if you look at the PS3 and 360, you’d quickly realize that they’re NOT completely backwards compatible with the previous systems. What’s up with that? But Nintendo always makes their systems backwards compatible with games from the previous generation (just look at all their handheld systems and the Wii). Now what could be better than that?
As we all know, Nintendo systems have been home to many of the greatest games of all time. And with the Wii U, those games are put into one location and are downloadable. That’s right, you’ll be able to download games from the NES, SNES, N64, and the Gamecube (although only a select few Gamecube games will be made available due to their file size). Not only that, but you can also download games from old Sega consoles, the TurboGrafx-16, Commodore 64, and even Neo Geo. That’s something that no one would’ve ever thought of back in the 90s, but here it is!
I have but one more reason why the Wii U will destroy the 360 and PS3. Sony and Microsoft have no plans to release new consoles any time soon. Microsoft has said that Kinect has extended the life of the 360, and Sony has said they don’t want to release the PS4 until the PS3 has been on the market for 10 years. Even if they change their mind, the Wii U will have an enormous head start against the other consoles, so the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 won’t stand a chance if they’re released too late.
Have fun with your old consoles, PS360 fans.