The Wii U was NOT a failure (for consumers)

The Wii U was NOT a failure (for consumers)

O.K., you got me. I bought a Wii U. I suggested my cousin get one for her kids to get them off the couch and engage in relatively active video gaming. And now, 2012 to 2017, about 4.5 years after release? RIP Wii U.

It sold badly. It got little to no 3rd party support. The promise of the tablet to be a real extension to gaming as opposed to just being a 2nd screen never really happened (think that video of the shuriken flinging capability in the ads. )

But was it a failure for consumers?

1 thing depends on how much they game. A game can last me a ton of time. Others breeze through it (supposedly Breath of the Wild has been beaten in speed runs in less than a couple of hours).

I don't know how long Nintendo will offer any support what so ever but for going on 5 years, for a consumer, here is what I got on the Wii U:

1. The entire Wii library at hi def playing super smooth.
2. Use of the Wii controllers.
3. The Wii U library including games like:
Bayonetta 2 (and 1 under the right circumstances)
The Wonderful 101
Mario 3d
Pikmin 3
Monster Hunter
Smash Bros
Kart 8
Skyward Sword and polished updates to Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and arguably the superior Breath.

I just hooked up a 1.5 TB USB 2.0 external HD to it. Before I cannot, I intend to dl as much from the store as possible.

The thing was a disappointment/failure for investors. For us gamers? Just another fun option.

One opinion:

Your thoughts?

I do feel a little stabbing pain in my heart when people call the Wii U a failure. It's hard for me to look back on all the time I've spent on Marios Maker and Kart with my family and think that the thing was a failure.

But yeah the thing didn't sell very well, and there weren't a crazy amount of games for it so it obviously failed in that regard

Let's put all our hopes and dreams in the Switch now!

DrownedAmmet:
I do feel a little stabbing pain in my heart when people call the Wii U a failure. It's hard for me to look back on all the time I've spent on Marios Maker and Kart with my family and think that the thing was a failure.

But yeah the thing didn't sell very well, and there weren't a crazy amount of games for it so it obviously failed in that regard

Let's put all our hopes and dreams in the Switch now!

Mario maker is on my radar. Couple out there I still want as well as probably spend $40 on 3rd party Wii + controllers and another $10 for charging station. I've been getting a few Wii titles while they are available. PC gaming is my favorite, but the Wii/Wii U offer some very different gaming experiences that I'll continue for now. I hope if the tablet breaks, I can get it fixed or replaced for some time into the future. Otherwise, this stuff becomes paper weights.

I could go for a Wii U, if I had a decent deal on a fresh one (I've played on a kid's console, and the controller thingy was all sticky and gooey, eww). A few exclusives that delighted me would make it success enough for me. I don't really care for the flimsiness and portability of the Switch, so why not a Wii U for that Nintendo flavor?

But alas, none of the local retailers appear to have any in stock. I did check shortly before the release of the Switch. Also imagine buying the games that do exist for it will be getting more difficult.

StatusNil:
I could go for a Wii U, if I had a decent deal on a fresh one (I've played on a kid's console, and the controller thingy was all sticky and gooey, eww). A few exclusives that delighted me would make it success enough for me. I don't really care for the flimsiness and portability of the Switch, so why not a Wii U for that Nintendo flavor?

But alas, none of the local retailers appear to have any in stock. I did check shortly before the release of the Switch. Also imagine buying the games that do exist for it will be getting more difficult.

There is refurb systems and new games on Amazon (haven't dl stuff to my hard drive yet) but yeah, good luck finding a new one anywhere. Honestly, if I saw a new one at about $250, I'd get it.

So many reasons to still get one.

The Wii U indeed has some things going for it. So much more than the Wii anyway. But ultimately, its laughable performance and Nintendo's shitty handling of it just killed it.

TL;DR - Nintendo fucks up again.

Yeah, same goes for the Vita, although it is still being supported at least in Japan and keeps getting new stuff. The Caligula Effect is a really interesting game, half persona half the matrix.

I played the Wii U for the first time a couple of months ago. I didn't really like it. The game I played was Splatoon. I didn't like the feel of the controller. Also, I didn't like the second screen on the controller. I felt that was distracting.

In the video, the guy listing the games available on the Wii U sums up the reason why I have never bought a Nintendo console. "Mario, Zelda, Mario, Zelda, etc." Most of their games are old IP's that they should have retired years ago.

Gorfias:
The Wii U was NOT a failure (for consumers)

I'm sure it wasn't for you but... why where there so few of them?

Dreiko:
Yeah, same goes for the Vita, although it is still being supported at least in Japan and keeps getting new stuff. The Caligula Effect is a really interesting game, half persona half the matrix.

I just saw a video on youtube suggesting you get a Vita even in 2017. But good luck finding one new. Odd that new games are coming out for it, but no new systems. Fingers crossed, it may be in prep for Vita 2. Like the Wii U, though considered a commercial failure for investors, as a consumer with a 64 Gb card and a ton of free games from PS+, which I bought for the PS4 anyway, I had/am having a blast with mine. Just got Persona 4 and it is OK. Uncharted/G-d of War/Killzone are all worth the price of purchase.

Johnny Novgorod:

Gorfias:
The Wii U was NOT a failure (for consumers)

I'm sure it wasn't for you but... why where there so few of them?

So few people actually buying one?

A few things:
1. Much of the IPS leave people cold (see above);
2. Poor marketing: Many thinking the Wii U just an add on to the Wii);
3. Unless you are a loon like me, you are only getting one console if that (may stick to PC only). If I could have only 1 console besides PC, it would be the Xbox 1 this gen. For my money, it provides the best standard gaming experience. But the Wii U (and Wii) provide a fun alternative. I just bought the polished HD version of Skyward Sword to have that fun sword fighting Wii U wiimote experience. True, the ice cream cone for PS3 and the Xbox camera can give one a motion experience but I understand it is sub par by comparison.

I do like the IPS though, so, there is that too.

Course, VR may take all my money in the future if it is that new experience I want. That or a Scorpio. We'll see. You?

 

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