The Wii U launched two years ago and has since struggled to really make a name for itself. It hasn’t been selling terribly, but it’s been nowhere near as successful as it’s predecessor, the Wii, which sold more than both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
I would say there are two big reasons consumers have shied away from purchasing a Wii U: the hardware and the game library. I think it’s fair to say that the Wii U is underpowered compared to it’s competition from Microsoft and Sony — the Wii U won’t showcase the amazing visuals that will be on display in games like inFAMOUS: Second Son or the upcoming Uncharted 4. When it comes to third-party games, they will certainly look better on other systems.
Speaking of third-parties, the Wii U has received, and will most likely continue to receive, little third-party support. Third-party developers have turned their attention to the graphically superior Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Ubisoft specifically has abandoned the Wii U when it comes to their “mature” games. What the Wii U does get from third-party developers are just underdeveloped ports and lesser versions than their console counterparts.
But I think most folks have purchased the Wii U (and past Nintendo consoles/handhelds) not for the graphics or third-party games but for the first-party games. Within a year of release the Wii U had exclusives New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU (from Ubisoft, I should note), Pikmin 3, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. That’s not a bad lineup and definitely features some great exclusives. But the past few months is where the Wii U has really made itself a desirable console with exclusives Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, and, of course, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U all releasing.
Now that it has had some great first-party games released, is now the time to buy a Wii U? I certainly think so! However, I don’t know if it can be purchased as your only video game console. This is because of the lack of third-party support. If you want a Wii U you want it to be able to play the great first-party games mentioned above with your friends and family. Like the Wii, it seems like the Wii U will be best served as a console to be enjoyed with others. Games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. will always be more enjoyable with others.
The lineup will only get better with games like Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda, and Xenoblade Chronicles X all coming out some time in the next year.
Now is also a great time to get a Wii U because of the. Sure, Black Friday has come and passed, but there are still some great Wii U bundles out there that are cheaper than an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. If you’re thinking about getting a Wii U I’d say why wait? There’s plenty of first-party games for the console to keep you (and your family and friends) enjoying your purchase.