*BE WARNED THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS VERBAL LANGUAGE NOT SUITED FOR CHILDREN
For me personally No console is worth investing in, if you have a top end gaming laptop, Base Unit, Mini or Micro system, there is simply no point, a PC is the total entertainment package and has a hell of a lot more users. There are also more reasons, as technology gets better and components have become smaller, so have computer systems and now it’s possible to have a computer next to your TV and play through an HDMI cable, get yourself a few wireless controllers and away you go.
Then we have the upcoming Steam Machines that run SteamOS, these machines are damn small and can easily be put next to your TV, they even look like a console, only issue is the OS (Operating System) itself. SteamOS is run using a Linux base code, this in turn only allows gamers access to the Linux Steam game library, which currently sucks balls on many levels. If you are an AAA game fan then you going to LOVE Linux as there is F**k all on there apart from, yes, you guessed it Valve games and a shit ton of Indie games, reminds you of anything? OUYA! That failed attempt of a system that was to change, the gaming industry as a whole, the only thing it changed was where I rested my coffee mug.
If you are a Linux Fan or like licking Gabe Newels Chocolate Star then you will most likely keep the SteamOs, but how do you play Windows games? Well be prepared to fork out for a second system if you have not already got one, as you will need to stream your games from a second PC to your Steam Machine. If you are a typical dumb twat then you will come back with a dumb comment like this “I will Duel Boot with Windows and SteamOS”, WTF you twat there is no point just install windows and have full access to everything on your steam library, also chuck Steam into Big Picture Mode and there you have SteamOS with all your AAA games, Indies and everything else.
I do wonder, when Valve decided to use Linux as its base code for the SteamOS, Gabe Newels personal opinion of Windows 100% influenced the decision, since he quotes ‘Windows 8 is a total disaster’ however, look at the Steam Big Picture and Windows 8 tiles and notice anything, they work in the same way, bloody shit unless it’s used with a touch screen.
Gabe also states that SteamOS bridges the gap between Linux, Mac and Windows, Bullshit does it, it just costs you more, as you need to buy the Steam Machine and a Second PC. Gamers listen to Gabe because he talks a load of shit, same as most gamers, financial analysts (Patcher) and the majority of the press, well I do describe gamers as sheep as they follow & Listen to a person or item of power.
So what has Patcher done to piss me off, well simple really, he recently told investors what Nintendo should do, Ditch the Wii U, Create games on the Xbox One and PS4 and bring Nintendo games over to Mobile devices, possibly the dumbest advice as Analyst could ever give. I guess no one really cared what flowed from Patchers mouth this time as Nintendo’s stock price is almost back to normal.
Patcher I have just a few words “Quit while you are ahead because you suck at your job”
This moves me on to my main topic, why should you the gamer invest in a Wii U? I can simply say that Nintendo has the biggest collection and possibly the best assortment of games as first party developers in the gaming industry. You have Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, Kirby just to name a few and every single one of their games, they have created have scored in the High 90s easily, and not every game developer can claim such high appraisal, like these developers.
So what does the Wii U have and what are the benefits? First the games, not that many, but what is available is quality over quantity, I have played and now own the following games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Batman Arkham City, Batman Arkham Origins, Rayman Legends, Wonderful 101, Splinter Cell Black list, Assassins Creed: Black Flag, Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, The legend of Zelda: Windwaker, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Mass Effect 3 and Need 4 Speed Most Wanted.
First and foremost, yes, every single third party game is available on other machines, so what is the advantage of owning these games on the Wii U, First reason they are cheaper, since the Wii U is struggling so is the game sales and currently on Amazon.co.uk you can grab most of the third party games for less than £20 brand new, much better than popping to your Local Game Shop and being ripped off by their brand new prices of pre-owned prices.
Now you might be thinking, but Next Generations Systems are out from Microsoft and Sony and they are better, yes in terms of pure power they are, but they are not backwards compatible with your old games for the Xbox 360 or PS3. Wii U is fully compatible with all Wii Games and all its Peripherals, not only that the Wii U up scales all Wii games as well.
Ok, I hear a comeback from Fan Boys, Sony PlayStation Now… steams all PS3 games to your system, oh really aren’t that nice, but you don’t actually own them do you, on your system, to play, whenever you want, is what I mean? Now, if you have no internet access you have no access to PlayStation Now. Do you get everything free because you already own the games on your PS3, of course not, and that would be dumb of Sony, they would not be able to make any more money off you?
I hear another comeback, but the games are better on the next Gen systems, really, have you actually looked and read reviews of these games released for the systems so far? The only good game is Assassins Creed: Black Flag, and most likely killer Instinct, the rest is just above par.
Back to the Wii U and its games, you have the best of the best on there already, not only do you have some top quality first party games like Mario 3D world, Pikmin 3 and Zelda Windwaker, you have the best games from the third party companies, Call of Duty Series, Batman Series, Monster Hunter, Assassins Creed, Rayman, Splinter Cell and so on.
Most games are missing the multi-player feature which is a pity, but the ones that do have multi-player options available, it is working and you can easily find a game to play, there is just not a huge amount of gamers online at any one time, which in a way is a good thing, you find it easier to make friends, create groups and really enjoy your time in-game.
One great feature which I love is being able to play off the screen using the Wii U Gamepad; I am able to allow family watch TV on the screen I have the console plugged into, no need to save & wait, no need to drag the console to another room to play, the transition from TV to Pad is instant, there is no lag, pixilation and the picture quality is amazing. When developers customize their games to use the gamepad screen as a touch screen or second screen, they can really bring a game to life, with quick access to inventory, motion & verbal controls or even a map. As an example Blacklist, allows you to quickly change weapons, or Mass Effect 3 controls allow you to ‘drag’ powers to use them, you can also direct your squad with more accuracy by tapping where you want them to go on the mini-map. I shall be going into more detail regarding Wii U games in Part 2 (Why Invest in a Wii U, All about the Games)
Now the questions still is, why invest in a Wii U when recently Nintendo forecasted and changed their Global sales of the Wii U for this fiscal year from 9million to 2.8million units. Now selling 9million units was a long shot, with the lack of games being announced and Nintendo PR does a terrible job promoting the Wii U as Nintendo’s New System, not an upgrade of the Wii system.
Again, I asked myself why invest in the Wii U looking at how shit the system is currently doing, so I looked at the past history of Nintendo and how each machine has started, how the press and gamers have said over and over again that this will be the death of Nintendo. NES and SNES well they did great, N64 slow to start, was called outdated being on the cartridge, the death of Nintendo yet very successful. The system also spawned two of the best games in the history of gaming Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time.
Then we have the Nintendo Gamecube, again gamers and press said the system will be the death of Nintendo, as yet again Nintendo did not conform to what other systems were using, instead opting to use a Mini DVD Optical Disc with a capacity of 1.5GB.Yet Nintendo proved them wrong again as the Nintendo Gamecube became rather successful.
Moving on to the Nintendo Wii and its first system to use Motion controllers, the system was slow to start, and again gamers and press grumbled, complained about how poor the system was doing. Yet in the end the Nintendo Wii outsold the Xbox 360 and the PS3, even though the system was nowhere near as powerful. Family friendly and the first party titles sold this machine like candy.
So going back over history, every machine has in a way, seen a poor start, been bashed around by thick as fuck gamers, that think they know everything, and press just trying to get more hits to their sites, by talking a load of shit. Financial Analysts that know as much about Nintendo, as a Romanian coming to the UK thinking they will get work and a better life.
So why would I invest in a Nintendo Wii U, regardless of how it looks now, the future has always turned out bright, Nintendo had never given up and have always come out smelling of money. They are the only gaming company with a plus bank balance around about 18billion dollars and more first party game developers than any other console manufacture. Both Microsoft and Sony are billions in debt, even the next CEO of Microsoft is thinking of selling off the money leak that is the Xbox Division.
Before the release of the Sony PlayStation 4 there was a comment made “SCE President: we’re not allowed to fail with the PlayStation 4” I do wonder why that was said, until you look at the financial figures for the PlayStation division and it does not look pretty, billions in debt.
You don’t hear Nintendo saying anything like this; they have never considered bringing their own IP’s to other systems, or looked at any short term fix. All of their systems have brought fun and laughter for all the family. Regardless of the issues that have stained each and every system since the Nintendo 64, the beyond a joke PR & Marketing (which need to be sacked and bring in some professionals that know their stuff) for me, it’s the only company that has and most likely be for the gamer in some way, and seems to choose the correct path in the end to take their franchise.
This is why I would buy a Nintendo Entertainment System, this is also why I would tell you, the gamer, look into your inner child, what makes you happy, what makes you smile and what brings you back over and over again to play games, if it’s fun, innovation, entertainment, interactivity, trust, commitment, honesty, loyalty, friendship, security then please try the Wii U, anything else just does not cut it.
So lets bullet point the reason why I would invest in Wii U and why I reckon you should as well;
- Off Screen Gamplay Via the Nintendo Wii U gamepad, no pixilation, no lag, no need for extras.
- Quality over quantity when it comes to the games.
- A trusted foundation.
- Loads of First Part Game Developers.
- Free online play.
- Great online community.
- Family friendly.
- Classic and fun games from Nintendo.
- Motion control.
- Feel everything with vibration.
- Touch screen (control the battlefield, access item in the fly, view your location & much more)
- Constant updates from Nintendo Direct
You can argue and shout as much as you wish the facts remain the same, Nintendo have always pulled themselves out of the shit, Nintendo is the only company with a huge piggy bank balance, Sony and Microsoft are both losing money, like water from a leaky pipe. The Sony Playstation 4 needs to survive for Sony to move on, the Microsoft Xbox Division is in an unknown state, until the new CEO takes over and decides what is in the best interest for Microsoft as a whole.
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