I Love Nintendo But Still Don't Want a Wii U
I'm what you'd call a Nintendo loyalist. Of all the games I've played in my life across many platforms, I consider Nintendo products to be superior. Even so, I still find myself uninterested in purchasing a Wii U. The system has been out for a while now and has even seen a price drop, but I continue to hold out on the investment. Being such a fanboy, you'd think I'd have stood in line for the midnight release, but instead I'm sticking to the games I already have. Why?
It has nothing to do with the Wii U's specs or its lack of decent games. I'm well aware of the Wii U's awesome technical capabilities, and its various (albeit minor) innovations to home console gaming. I'm also aware that the Wii U already boasts a selection of incredible games, such as Super Mario 3D World, Zelda Wind Waker HD, and Pikmin 3. Aren't all those things enough to make me cough over the dough? The short answer is no.
The Wii U has seen poor sales so far, for several different reasons. One reason was lack of quality games, which has since been remedied. Another was a lack of distinction from the original Wii system. Being a Nintendo fan and video game writer, I obviously didn't have that problem. The final problem seems to be that consumers are plain and simply happy just playing with their Wiis and 3DS systems. The 3DS is still selling a massive amount of copies and still churning out fantastic games. And that's basically what keeps me from buying a Wii U.
I have plenty of games and hardware to occupy my time, and the Wii U's new features are simply not tantalizing enough to draw my attention. Just looking at the three titles I previously listed will provide some explanation. Super Mario 3D World is a revamped upgrade of Super Mario 3D Land, which I still play; Wind Waker HD is a re-release; and Pikmin 3 is a niche market sequel. Great games as they may be, they just don't contain enough appeal to coax me (and a lot of other consumers, apparently) into dropping three hundred dollars.
But you shouldn't take my word for it. I still think the Wii U is absolutely worth a buy. The game pad is an amazing piece of hardware, the specs of the machine are formidable, and there's sure to be a great lineup of games on the horizon. I'm not talking you out of a purchase, I'm just providing some perspective for those out there who might be frustrated with the Wii U's poor sales. Even some of Nintendo's most devoted consumers have yet to be convinced to put our 3DS and Wii on the shelf and spend our time and money on something new.