The Wii U Is The Best Console You Can Buy (Right Now)
I own a Wii U and a PS4. If I had the money and the time, I’d own an XBox One, too. I think all three are great consoles. But if you were to ask me right now “which one should I buy?” I’d answer, without hesitation, “the Wii U.”
Yes, the Wii U is in trouble. Yes, third party support is disappearing rapidly, mostly because the Wii U is in trouble. Yes, the PS4 and XBox One have sold more consoles than the Wii U has. But right now, the Wii U has more high quality games out now, ready to play, than either of the other two current-gen consoles. And the lineup is only going to get better, even if that lineup does come mostly from Nintendo itself.
Right now, my PS4 is collecting dust while my Wii U is getting a workout. In many ways, the PS4 and XBox One are suffering the same problem the Wii U did when it was released over one year ago. While some big name games are due to drop for those console soon, the Wii U offers the following great games, ready to play right now.
- New Super Mario Brothers U
- Super Mario 3D World
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
- Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze
- Pikmin 3
- The Wonderful 101
- Rayman Legends
- Need For Speed Most Wanted U
- Wii Fit U
And those are just the “big name” titles. There’s also a whole host of smaller downloadable titles, some of which come from Nintendo while other come from indie devs.
The Wii U virtual console is going full steam ahead. Already available are a bunch of incredible games from yesteryear including, but not limited to;
- Super Mario World
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Castlevania 4
- Super Ghouls and Ghosts
- Legend of the Mystical Ninja
- Contra 3
- Dr Mario
And there’s more to come, including Gameboy Advance titles in April.
Speaking of games on the horizon, Nintendo has got you covered. Mario Kart 8 comes out on May 30. The mysterious X is due to drop sometime in 2014, and so is Super Smash Brothers. Bayonetta 2 looks incredible and while you shouldn’t expect a proper new Zelda game this year, Hyrule Warriors looks set to fill the gap. Yarn Yoshi is likely to drop this year too, and Watch Dogs may do so as well, although exercise caution on that front because we’ve speculated it’s possible the Wii U version may just end up being cancelled.
And this doesn’t even include all the excellent apps that you can get. Google Street U is basically Google Maps that lets you look at Street View using the Gamepad gyroscope instead of a mouse, which is neat. And the Wii U panorama views are an amazing feat of technology, allowing you to go on tours of places like London and Japan without leaving your house.
What does all this mean? It means that if you’re serious about games and you’re in the market for a new console right now, a Wii U should be your first choice. PS4 and the XBox One are more powerful consoles, certainly, and given time their games library will grow too. But you’ll have to wait for that when you could be playing many, many, many great games on a Wii U right now.
As a gamer, I’d say if you can afford two consoles, you should definitely buy one of the two consoles from Microsoft and Sony in addition to a Wii U. You’ll be well served by such a choice, and the Wii U will tide you over until the other consoles get their act together.
Trust me on this, guys. You won’t be disappointed.