First Impressions On The Wii U

Wii U

Yep, I finally succumbed and bought a Wii U, because of the good price you can find one these days, and because my girlfriend said that it would be nice to have one. You can imagine which of the two reason played the biggest role in my decision.

I got the Premium Pack, which is actually quite a nice pack, which includes the following:

  • The Wii U Console (you don’t say?!?) with 32 GB of storage
  • A Wii U gamepad with stylus
  • A gamepad cradle to recharge the gamepad (very useful, since this thing seems to last around 3 or 4 hours)
  • A gamepad stand
  • A console stand if you want to keep your console vertically
  • Console and gamepad AC adapters
  • Sensor bar
  • HDMI cable
  • Nintendo Land game
  • Nintendo eShop discount for Premium Pack owners (10%)

It’s not too bad considering that the retail price for this is currently around £200. It’s definitely more bang for the money compared to the PS4 and the Xbox One anyway. And for this price, I don’t think that going for the Basic 8 GB version of the console would be worth it.

Wii U Premium Pack Contents

The contents of the Premium Pack. Not too bad for the price.

The first impressions are definitely good. I immediately got the feeling that this console has been severely underrated. Sure, it might not have a ton of great games yet, but which of the new consoles has? And in any case, those that are already out are that good (Super Mario 3D World, Wonderful 101, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U, Monster Hunter etc.

I personally decided to buy Zombi U together with the console, also because it seemed to be one of the cheapest Wii U games, and I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. I have already completed it (review coming, stay tuned) and, even if it cannot really be considered the best survival horror ever, it is most certainly a very good example of the genre, one of the best ones of the last few years.

Right now I am playing Super Mario 3D World and that is simply impressive. I will write a post about this as well, but it is nothing short of extraordinary, a brilliant game.

The console itself is very nice to look at, it’s quite small (just a little bit bigger than the Wii) and finally has HDMI support (only almost a decade after every other console, but this is Nintendo we are talking about). The MiiVerse does not look developed to its full extent yet, but I must admit I haven’t looked too much into it yet, but it seems a nice little application.

Finally for this first impressions post, a though about the gamepad, probably the most interesting feature of this console. It might look very uncomfortable to hold and to play with, but I can tell you that it’s not, it’s very very comfortable to use, even if it takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to looking at two screens. This was definitely a surprise, as I didn’t really think that it might be this good.

That’s it for now people. These were just the first impression on my new Wii U, and I will make sure to follow this up with a more in-depth article after I have tried more features the console has to offer. So far I can only say that, even if it has not reached its full potential yet and even if it has not received a lot of attention, the Wii U is the most interesting console to have right now and for sure the one with the best value for money. It will take some time for the PS4 and the Xbox One to reach a price where they are really worth buying, but the Wii U, for many reasons, has already reached that point.