If you don't have a Wii U, it's time to get one.
This is our Kotaku review update for the Wii U, the gaming console with a screen in its controller that we've been telling you since November 2012 is not yet a must-have.
It finally is.
We can't deny that there are drawbacks to owning a Wii U. If it's your only console, you can kiss the chances of playing the next cutting-edge Assassin's Creed, Batman or Grand Theft Autogames goodbye. Unless you're a big Sonic fan, you're not really going to find many big-company non-Nintendo games that you can only play on Wii U or play on Wii U at all. Get another system if you want to enjoy blockbusters from Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Take Two and the like. There are also huge genre holes on the Wii U that are likely to get bigger what with a dearth of realistic sports games, a rarity of RPGs, and a slowdown of new shooters.
We are at peace with this.
We can live with these problems. They're overwhelmed by what the Wii U does right. And that GamePad controller is actually pretty great. So is the optional (and recommended) Xbox-style Pro Controller.
There was a time when the Wii U simply cost too much for the amount of great games it had on the system. There was also a time when Nintendo TVii might have been a big deal. (This was around the same time!). That was the past. That was a past when you could merrily skip the Wii U and be ok.
Today, however, if you skip the Wii U, you're missing out.
Please recognize that we don't make console recommendations based on the future. We're not telling you to grab a Wii U now because there's a Smash Bros. a few months from release and a gorgeous open-world Zelda farrrr out on the horizon.
We are recommending the Wii U in the present. We are recommending the console of surprise feature-adding Pikmin 3 patches...the console of the wonderfully weird and eminently crowd-pleasing Nintendo Land...the console of... this.
Kotaku is getting it right- it took the Wii U a while- nearly a year and a half- but it's finally done it, it finally warrants a purchase. It has, without a doubt, the best library of all three current generation consoles right now, and while that won't last forever (once the multiplats for PS4 start rolling out, Wii U will be left behind), it will always be a significantly appealing prospect simply because of the sheer wealth of options and great games that it offers. To anybody who hasn't bought in yet- you should do it. The Wii U, and everything about it, represents a significantly different ecosystem and take on console gaming than any you are used to so far.