Thinking About Getting a Wii U This Holiday Season?

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With winter coming, sales arousing, and gifts going about, you may be interested in getting a brand new video game console. Luckily for you there’s a gaming platform called the Nintendo Wii U perfect for those interested in getting a new gaming device. It has one of the lowest price points in the market right now, selling for as low as $200 with it’s unique touch screen controller and a game bundled with it compared to some consoles which cost $100 to $200 more.  It’s also conveniently located at retailers near you for pickup or online stores where you may be able to find deals even less than its standard price. The Wii U has been out for about two years already so it’s had time to develop a great library of exclusive games and awesome titles that you won’t be able to find on any other gaming console.

Games from iconic franchises that everyone knows and loves like New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Pikmin 3, and Mario Kart 8 are available right now along with lesser known but unique exclusives like The Wonderful 101, ZombiU, and Nintendo Land. This system offers a diverse selection of games for many different types of gamers and is perfect for both those that dedicate countless hours to gaming and those that just want to pick up a controller a play a few games at a party. Major titles set to release before the end of 2014 and worth keeping an eye on this holiday season are Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and the new entry from the popular smash hit Super Smash Bros. now on the Wii U. For 2015 and beyond, fantastic titles like Splatoon, Mario Maker, Devil’s Third, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Star Fox, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and the brand new open-world entry in the legendary The Legend of Zelda franchise will be on the horizon.

 So is the Wii U worth getting for the games alone? I’ll let you decide that one.

The system itself has tons of unique features that you can check out for more detail in my great Wii U features article. Features like backwards compatibility will allow you to play all your favorite Wii games on the Wii U. In fact, with the Wii U eShop you’ll be able to purchase tons of classic games from the NES, SNES, and GameBoy Advance days and play them on your Wii U. Classics like Kirby’s Adventure, Punch-Out, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Castlevania 4, Golden Sun, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Advance Wars and Metroid Fusion are just some of the best games available on the eShop not to mention the rare and cult classic Earthbound which can be bought for only around $10. The eShop also contains tons of unique and creative games from independent game developers striving to make the games they and their supporters would want to play. Interesting Indie games like Shovel Knight, Master Reboot, ZaciSa’s Last Stand, and 1001 Spikes may interest those with specific tastes.

You may also be wondering, “What does the competition offer?” or “How do the Wii U’s specs hold up compared to the competition?” Well, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One which just released last year have been gaining massive popularity and tons of traction off of store shelves but having only been out one year they have not been able to build such a diverse library of games. Though I’d say both are great pieces of gaming hardware, the higher price point and less diverse library doesn’t warrant a purchase at this moment unless you’re a big Halo fan in which case I’d say, “get the One.”

The Wii U has been criticized harshly for its hardware specs as of the recent announcement of consoles from its competition with better hardware though what some don’t understand is that the Wii U’s modern specs are exactly what the Wii U needs for Nintendo’s games and not that far behind. Games like Super Mario 3D World or Mario Kart 8 run at a smooth 60fps with a crisp HD resolution. Games like Bayonetta 2 look clean, glorious and seems to be running very smooth. If the specs were a problem a high caliber production game like Bayonetta 2 or Devil’s Third would not be able to run as good as they do with their high standards on the Wii U. Just see for yourself how great these games look aesthetically and visually.

This holiday season if you’re looking for a reliable gaming console with a small, sleek design to slide into your entertainment center and play tons of your favorite franchises, great new experiences, challenging skill based games, and lots of fun with family and friends you’ll know what to look for.

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Leslie enjoys writing, playing video games, and staying active. His favorite gaming genres are RPGs and shooters.