So I Bought a Wii U…

Yep, I finally caved in folks. I went and bought the one console that had provoked a permanently raised eyebrow whenever I thought about it, and not in a good way.

Ever since the announcement of the Wii U, I’d always had extreme doubts about it. I couldn’t help but feel like it was just another quirky gimmick that Nintendo were pushing out whilst Sony and Microsoft are busy planning and developing their next move. I’d forked out a hefty amount on the Wii when it was released way back when (2006, to be precise), and that had since become little more than a dainty, white dust catcher next to my TV. It was a shame that a console like that could be released after both the Xbox 360 and PS3, yet have a much shorter lifespan than the two of them. The Wii just had that amazing effect which went a little something like; ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that before! I want one!’, which was then followed a few months later by ‘Pfft, I’m bored now. I think I’ll put my Xbox 360/PS3 on.’ Admittedly, it was an effect which profited Nintendo quite a bit, but I’m pretty sure that they always wanted more.

And so we now have the Wii U: The HD successor to the Nintendo Wii and the latest quirky gimmick that Nintendo are hoping will capitalise on a relatively dormant console market. It’s also now mine, too. Life is hard when you’re a slave to consumerism.

Unsurprisingly, given the amount of time that they’ve had to perfect the formula, I think that Nintendo have got it right this time. The Wii U has a unique DNA that reeks of ‘Games Console meets Tablet Computer’, with the synergy of this leaving the user feeling pretty smug when they’re browsing the internet whilst sat in their recliner. Or is that just me? All jokes aside, I really do like my Wii U. I don’t have to move any furniture in my bedroom if I decide to play on it and it feels like a really good gadget. I do hope that Nintendo take a page out of Microsoft and Sony’s book by giving this console the time and effort that the Xbox 360 and PS3 both had. Those consoles were the benefactors of innovation after their release dates, with streamlined versions as well as software updates all contributing to the overall product. The Wii U is the Wii’s junior by 6 years, and my hope is that Nintendo can look at this console and do more for it than they did for the Wii in the next 6 years. It has so much potential and I just hope that they fulfill it.

To wrap all of this up, I would just like to say that the only reason I bought a Wii U was because I wanted to play on ZombiU. I have done ever since I stared longingly at the people who were playing it at the Eurogamer Expo 2012 back in September. Those bastards certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves. Now I’m the bastard and I want to impart this bit of knowledge to the rest of the world: If you’ve got plenty of disposable income, are susceptible to impulse purchases and a massive fan of zombies, go out into your local game retailer and look at the Wii U bay. Get the attention of one of their bright-eyed sales assistants and exclaim ‘I’ll take a Premium Black Wii U console with ZombiU please!’ Don’t tell your wife/husband or girlfriend/boyfriend that you’re thinking of buying a new games console. In fact, hide it from them once you’ve purchased it and enjoy the delights that it has to offer in the most self-centred of ways. Whilst you’re at it, you could even add me to your friends list? My Nintendo ID is TheRenegadeLobe, so feel free to add me my new Wii U buddies! I assure you that you’ll have one hell of a time.

Toodle pip!

the author

Ciaran Allen - 23 year old Writer, Photographer, TV/Events Freelancer & Graduate. Look for my work on GameNTrain, N4G & also my online portfolio; Enigma Resolution Media. My Gamertag & PSN ID are both TheRenegadeLobe, whilst my Twitter name is @Ciaran_Allen. I usually end my articles with the phrase: 'Toodle pip!' Don't ask why. I probably won't tell you.

  • Eric Hoff

    Let us know what you think of the device Ciaran. Your whole hearted opinion is always welcomed and appreciated :)

    • Ciaran Allen

      Haha, you can always count on me to be brutally honest! Admittedly, I haven’t played it as much as I’d have liked to (piles of Xbox games to get through!), but when I have I’ve really enjoyed myself. ZombiU was the only reason I bought a Wii U and, in my eyes, it was a pretty good (and expensive) decision. I just hope that they get some more exclusive titles like it in the future!

  • Gary Ryckewaert

    I bought my Wii u at launch and honestly have not yet had as much time to play with it as I would like, but what I have played has been enjoyable. I hope that developers go all out on this console because I think it is the best console Nintendo has ever made. I am really happy I bought it! 

    • Ciaran Allen

      I’m in the same boat, pal. I’ve got a mountain of Xbox 360 and PS3 games to get through as well as having to be a grown up and go to work, so the Wii U isn’t getting as much attention as I would like to give it! For example: I’ve only spent about 2 hours on ZombiU but I still love it!

  • MartinB105

    I’m still on the fence with regards to Zombi U. I tried to download the demo earlier this week so I could make a decision, but the download has been restricted until after 23:00 due to mature content. The restriction is irrespective of parental control settings (I do not have any set).

    So far, I’ve only played Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. I’ve 100% completed the latter (five stars) except challenge mode, so I don’t really have much to do with my Wii U now, aside from playing my backlog of The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles.

    I’m playing all the multi-platform games like AC3, Batman and Trine 2 on my PS3, because my Astro Mixamp 5.1 won’t connect to the Wii U due to no optical output on the Wii U, so I would be stuck with only stereo sound on the Wii U unless I invest in expensive new hardware.

    The game I’m looking forward to most right now is Rayman Legends, which will definitely be a day-one purchase for me.

    • Ciaran Allen

      If you’ve got a Wii U then ZombiU should definitely be floating near your wishlist! It’s the only thing that’s dragging me away from finishing the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim on my Xbox 360, and I do really love Skyrim so that’s quite the achievement! I will probably continue to play all cross-platform title on my Xbox, whilst saving my PS3 and Wii U for the exclusive titles only.

  • Simon

    Add me. I’ve sent one to you m8, don’t worry not a little annoying kid. Nintendo id. FastTrack76

  • Curt John

    I felt the same way, when I bought it.
    Now, with ZombiU, MarioU and Nintendo Land thoroughly completed, it’s back to collecting dust propped next to the PS3 which is getting played all the time. Was fun for a couple weeks there, but now what? Feels like a waste of coins to be honest.
    If it had a virtual console of its own with HD redo’s of GC games I’d be slightly more inclined to play it. Or any new games for that matter. The shop is abysmal, and the whole online network feels like a missed boat again too. Why can’t I play MarioU online with you if I want?
    This half-next gen console will be terminally buried under the real consoles in a few months, sadly.

    • Ciaran Allen

      I know exactly what you mean. I really hope that Nintendo can build something with the Wii U here. Whether that involves taking user feedback (much like the points you raised) and improving on their existing product, or even just focusing on their exclusive titles and making sure that they keep the console alive.

      I won’t lie and tell everyone that the Wii U is my favourite console because it simply isn’t. I also have an Xbox 360 and a PS3, with the former definitely getting more attention than all of the others combined. I do appreciate a good console when I see one, and so that is why I am very happy with my Wii U purchase.

      To put it simply: I believe it’s up to Nintendo to convince us both to play on our Wii U’s even more!

  • ZombieKilla

    ZombiU is one hell of a game…! LOVE IT!