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WiiU - Nintendo's HD contender,
This review is from: Nintendo Wii U 32GB ZombiU Premium Pack - Black (Nintendo Wii U) (Video Game)The WiiU is the latest offering from Nintendo. This is Nintendo's first HD console and their successor to the Wii.
Like the Wii did, this console comes with something new and in this case it is the included Gamepad. This is both a gamepad and a touch sensitive screen (like a DS but much bigger screen). This can be used to run any of the WiiU menu functions like it's Browser, shop, the Miiverse (a kind of online social networking bulletin board) and other apps such as Lovefilm and Netflix either on the TV or on the pad itself.
This pad adds some genuine innovation and can be used by developers in a couple of ways. They can either use it for off TV play, so you can switch your entire game to the pad and let someone else use the telly (helpful in busy houses fighting over the main telly) or as a second screen to provide additional functionality (as in ZombiU where you control various aspects with it and can use it for such things as zooming down the screen).
The WiiU itself is said to be somewhere around the power of the 360 and PS3 in some ways, a little behind them in some ways and also ahead of them in some ways. Principally it has a slower CPU (who's design ensures full compatibility with the Wii and it's entire games collection, a better GPU (a GPGPU which can also take on some work to compensate for that slower CPU) and a lot more RAM (2 GB instead of 512mb).
In the end it comes down to the games and the launch games (which rarely show the true potential of a system) already show that this one can hold it's own and the games looking good in HD on a Nintendo console.
As for those games, the system has launched with a strong selection, from first party offerings like Nintendoland (not included in this pack) and New Super Mario Bros U, to the third party exclusive Zombiu to a host of other top games like Black Ops 2, Batman Arkham City, Assassins Creed 3 and Mass Effect 3.
Overall it's early days yet but my initial impressions are positive. The console feels genuinely fresh, it competes well with the current generation of consoles and it will be the only place you can get the first party gems that Nintendo are sure to bring out (such as the next Zelda and Pikmin games).
I have however found a few issues. I've found slow download (on a 25 mb connection) and install times. I've also found the range of the Gamepad is fairly poor. I live in a solid Bungalow and this thing struggles to get it's signal through my walls, limiting me to the room it is in and hall outside. I was also annoyed to find no optical out so I cannot output the sound from this to my amp. Oh and it's an utter dust magnet which makes me wish they had gone for a matt rather than shiny finish.
I think the biggest question on it will be how it fares once the next powerhouse machines from its main competitors MS and Sony arrive next year and whether strong third party support will continue.
I wouldn't say it's essential yet and it's a little pricey (though that's understandable when you take the Gamepad into account) but it's well worth considering. If you have the existing consoles or a gaming PC you might not yet need to jump, if you're playing on a Wii and fancy joining the HD generation then it's highly recommended.
After 4 days of solid play I'm moving this up to a 5. It may not be perfect but it's so much fun, and what is gaming for if not fun. I haven't been this taken with a new console for a long time. The pad just works perfectly and with no noticeable lag (as confirmed by Eurogamer) and just gets to be second nature after a bit of time and the Miiverse social network is just perfect and such fun (popping into post comments and screenshots whilst playing is fantastic).
Having seen videos of Monster Hunter 3 ultimate next year and Pikmin 3.. this might just be an essential console already and demand seems to support that idea.
I love it. Try it and you might well want to buy it.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2013 12:29:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2013 12:29:59 GMT
" first party offerings like Nintendoland (included in this pack) "
You need to delete " (included in this pack) " as these reviews are for the ZombiU premium pack which doesn't include Nintendoland.
Other than that nice review.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 13:47:47 GMT
K. Trebell says:
hi , thank you for spotting that. I have corrected it accordingly.
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