Console Review: Nintendo's Wii U starts its own dual screen revolution
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Is the console right for you?
While I love the Wii U, I can see why it won't appeal to everyone. Those with either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 might be better off sticking to those systems. Games like Assassin's Creed III and Black Ops 2 play great on the system, but you most likely have already bought and played them on the other consoles.
With that said, if you do own multiple consoles, and have a big family of gamers, then the Wii U might be the perfect system for you. Not only does it offer some great multiplayer content from games like Nintendo Land, but allows you to split screen with one person on the gamepad and the other on the TV on other games. What's more, if you have avid gamers in your family who like to play other consoles, you can still enjoy the Wii U on your gamepad while they play the Xbox 360 on the TV. It's a win/win!
It all comes down to your love for Nintendo, and the interest in the gamepad. Looking forward to titles like Zelda, Mario, Star Fox (crossing our fingers) and Metroid, it's easy to see why Nintendo fans will get the most out of seeing their favorite franchises in glorious HD. The console isn't cheap by any means, ranging from $299 to $349, but it's easy to see why many are hopping on board to see where Nintendo can take their fans in high definition.
Nintendo has certainly stepped up its game, and it shows. While the system might need some improvements through patches and updates, its clear that Nintendo knows how to finally appeal to the hardcore gamer. With games like Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, Nintendo fans will be happy to have these games as part of their library, while looking forward to the amazing first party titles Nintendo has in store.
The gamepad, while gimmicky, is certainly a neat piece of technology. It might not have the best battery life or the best choice in touch screen technology, but for what it does, it's awesome. The fact I can continue to play an online match in Black Ops 2 while I go to the kitchen, or keep on playing Mario while my wife wants to watch Revenge is just plain awesome.
Kudos Nintendo, kudos.