Yes, the Wii U. Such differing thoughts and opinions come to the minds of the people who hear the word. There is a rather cloud of Hate,Love,confusion,disappointment and down right awkwardness surrounding the thing. It is a very touchy subject,especially for an owner of the console who put down $300+ to buy the thing. Part of it's "uniqueness" is the fact that it isn't exactly Next gen, At least not many people consider it to be. It was released in 2012,about a year before the Xbox one and PlayStation 4. The system wasn't exactly a power house.It was the first time that Nintendo had launched an HD console,and just that alone didn't seem to excite many. Don't get me wrong, HD is awesome, It was just a little too late for some people. Gamepad! No that wasn't a classy transition at all,but it's hard to trying to put it anywhere and bring it up naturally. The Gamepad is a pro controller with a screen in the middle, and that is about all it is.That right there is what I think the problem is. The gamepad itself is confusing. Is it a controller? Is it a tablet? is it weird and pointless? Yes? It's Not like you can take it anywhere that there is WIFI and connect to your system and play(that would be awesome) It's usally just there for off screen play or to be a map and or inventory management in Zelda. It seems Like Nintendo just wanted to try and do something for the sake of doing something, or they saw how many kids were using tablets at the time and were like " Hey lets put that on a controller". Whatever the reason it is rather unnecessary.
Yeah, So now we got that big messy paragraph up there about a bunch of Negative Wii U things. But that's the thing , I have to admit that the Wii U by itself isn't good. (Now before you go to the comment section and tell me I'm a stupid goober you should read the rest of what I have to say.) The Thing that makes the Wii U worth buying is the games.(NO?) Yes, the games are amazing, from Donkey Kong country tropical freeze to Super Mario 3D world to Pikmin 3 to the upcoming Super smash bros. and Mario kart 8. And those titles just scratch the surface! There are So so so many other amazing first party Nintendo games out there.(not to mention backwards compatibility with original Wii,something the other "next gen" consoles don't have as of yet.) Nintendo always makes sure that every single first party game that comes onto their system is solid, polished,and most importantly fun. Nintendo games are pure fun,and that's what gaming is all about right? having fun! Nintendo knows what it means to to buy a game. They Know that when people spend 50-60 dollars on a Nintendo game that they have a certain expectation of quality and content. And Nintendo has delivered that on every first party Nintendo game so far.(they are still one of the few rare gaming companies that believe in local split screen multiplayer,and for good reason too, it's fun) They could easily sell out and fill their games with micro-transactions and day one DLC,but they don't.Do you know how easy it would be for them to ruin Pokemon,super smash bros. and Mario Kart with DLC and micro-transactions? It would be very easy, and it is what all other companies would do with any fighter or kart racer.(ultra street fighter IV and Forza 5)Most game companies will take every chance they get to rip off and nickle and dime people at every corner. Heck Pokemon is close enough to being almost like a mobile game(It's portable) that it would be the easiest for Nintendo to put Micro-transactions in. They could create new Pokemon for you to buy or they could sell moves and abilities or make it so that you could buy anything in the shop with real money. What if you Didn't have to unlock characters or stages in Mario Kart or Super Smash bros. ? What if they made you buy that? It would be so very easy to just decide to money grab like anyone else. But Nintendo doesn't do that. They stand there ground when it comes to quality and content. They genuinely care about their fan base and the consumer. They Make sure that if you buy a Wii U or 3DS you will have fun and you will get full enjoyment out of their product.
So in conclusion, You may think that Nintendo is dying ,the Wii U is a failure and it has no right to be placed next to the other Next Gen systems. Technology wise yes, it is a severely under powered console. But if you are buying a console to enjoy truly amazing games,and the Wii U certainly has loads of those, then why does it matter to you which is the more powerful technology wise. It can be the most powerful computer in the world, But if it doesn't have games that are truly amazing and wonderful then what is the point in spending all your hard earned money on it?And if it is all about power and graphics then why didn't you buy or build a gaming PC? You are not going to buy the Wii U for the console itself, you are going to buy the console because of the truly amazing, innovative,quality games,and because Nintendo is the company behind the system. The Wii U is an amazing system to own and one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys having fun.
Thank you for reading and have Nice day :)