Since games have been a bit thin on the ground over the past two months, we've been talking about the state of the three major consoles. This week? Let's talk about the Wii U.
I have an interesting relationship with the Wii U.
Part of me believes the Wii U has the best exclusive games line-up of any current-gen console. Splatoon, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8. In terms of high quality, exclusive games, the Wii U is top notch.
It's not enough. Terrible third party support means that, in my opinion, it's difficult to justify buying a Wii U as your main console. Unless you're heavily into PC gaming and your happy to do the third party thing on PC instead of PS4 or Xbox One.
Nintendo published games are fantastic. There's just not enough of them. Not even close. And if you want to be part of that broader conversation about games, the Wii U just isn't quite there.
I actually love the Wii U. I love the Gamepad and the way it allows me to play when others are using the main TV. I love that I paid 10 cents for Super Metroid and I can play it in my bed before going to sleep.
I really love Splatoon.
But as a main portal to broad, consistent gaming experiences? I feel like you have to have something else going on in addition to owning a Wii U.