All I Want For Christmas Is (Wii) U

Written by Katie Allen on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 12:00 PM
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The Wii U is the best choice for the holiday season. At least, that's according to Nintendo's recent marketing campaign. Apparently buoyed by the critical praise heaped on recent Wii U titles, the Japanese gaming giant finally decided to actually advertise its own newest console, and now claims that their own next-gen console is the one to fill stockings this year.

With Day One sales of PlayStation 4 in North America nearly 50% of the Wii U's lifetime sales, and the Xbox One also performing extremely well in terms of sales, it's controversial in the least to say that Nintendo's console could, in fact, be the console best suited for Christmas 2013, but with a raft of promising first-party titles on the horizon, now might really be a good time to Go Nintendo ...

I'm not, by any means, suggesting that no one should ever go and buy and Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. When they've inevitably plummeted in price and have a variety of decent titles on them, then Sony and Microsoft's next-gen will be fine purchases for any console fan. But even discounting the fact that the first batch of consoles tend to be far less reliable than the successors, and Nintendo have had a year extra to fine-tune their console, the reality is that for now, the Wii U boasts the far better selection of games.

We covered earlier this week the fact that launch titles for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were - for the most part - mediocre, and this isn't something that looks like improving any time soon. With notoriously game-barren December rolling in, and the post-Christmas lull in January to follow, the next gen line-up for Sony and Microsoft looks sparse.

Sure, inFamous: Second Son will drift into the PS4 mix some time early next year, and one or two promising titles (notably Titanfall) will be here by spring, but the majority of exciting third-person games (Assassin's Creed 4, Need For Speed: Rivals et cetera) can be got hold of on both PC and current gen.

The Wii U, on the other hand, has a number of excellent exclusive games that you can get your paws on already, as well as a 2014 line-up that looks extremely promising. Pimkin 3, Super Mario 3D World and The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD are all out now and will cost you less than a first party Sony or Microsoft game.

Looking towards next year's line-up, not only has Nintendo confirmed Wii U editions to iconic Nintendo franchises like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and a new Super Smash Bros game, but X - which looks really promising - is also slated for release in 2014. Bayonetta 2 is also due to arrive next year which, if it's even a fraction as good as its parent game, should be something pretty special. It's a huge feather in the Wii U's cap, since the first Bayonetta game was an Xbox 360 and PS3 title. It's looking likely that there will be some announcements about a new Zelda title in the new year too, following the success of the HD remake of Wind Waker.

There's also the matter of price. Right now, whilst you can pick up a PlayStation 4 with no games or extras bundled with it for around £350 ($399), you can get hold of a basic Wii U system for around £200 ($290), and bundled packs with acclaimed games like New Super Mario Bros U or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD for not much more. That's before you take into account that the average Wii U title retails at 20-30% cheaper than those for Sony and Microsoft next-gen, particularly in PAL regions.

I understand the hype surrounding the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There's nothing quite like the feeling of unwrapping a brand new piece of technology before your friends have it. However, this Christmas, I find myself more excited about pretty much every single slated Nintendo launch than I am about the next few months of next-gen releases. So for now, I am going to keep hold of my PC and my PlayStation 3, and look to Nintendo for a new Christmas console.

Which gaming gifts are on your Christmas lists?

Will you be convinced by Nintendo's option, or are you still holding out for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

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07:48 Dec-01-2013

PlayStation 4* in the last sentence, not PlayStation 3.

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01:49 Dec-02-2013

"I am going to keep hold of my pc and 'MY' playStation 3"
If she doesn't have a Playstation 4 why should she say she have one...

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10:09 Dec-03-2013

Not that sentence buddy, this one: "Will you be convinced by Nintendo's option, or are you still holding out for the Xbox One or PlayStation 3?"

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08:11 Dec-05-2013

Sorry, read over it... :S

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11:06 Dec-04-2013

Thanks for pointing this out, have edited it now :)

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03:13 Dec-01-2013

I have absolutely no interest any of the titles that were mentioned in article for the Wii U. During the time that my friends were playing Super Mario and Zelda games I was out doing other things in the great out doors, mostly because my family was poor. By the time I was able to afford buying games for myself I was far too interested in games like GTA to even care about Zelda. I just don't get the same nostalgia feeling about these games that many of my friends do.

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01:42 Dec-01-2013

I'd get a wii u if i had to buy a console. exclusives are way better. Super mario , The legend of zelda : wind waker HD the new zelda game coming out and The new SSB

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00:55 Dec-01-2013

I gave in to the temptation and bought it this week. Picked up super mario 3d world as well and been having a great time with it.
I bought the new super mario bros u + luigi u bundle for 289 euro's (about 392 USD)
got myself a wii classic pro controller, it's very comfortable to hold, the wiiu gamepad as well (I was really doubting about this one, but you really have to hold it once)
this game proves you are never too old for some mario

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19:42 Nov-30-2013

It has some truly amazing games..so instead of PS4 i may buy it first to enjoy all those amazing titles!!!

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18:40 Nov-30-2013

Nintendo is mostly the only company that keeps the platform adventure experience alive which is probably my favorite genre so of course i'll be buying a Wii U!

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17:39 Nov-30-2013

I think what helped the Wii U, was that it's had a year headstart on the PS4/Xbox1. I personally thought it was extremely stupid at the time, BUT...it's paying off now, the Wii U has a pretty strong library, even if it's just the same old Mario, mario, mario, mario, etc. Mario 3D world looks very awesome, then Wind Waker HD, among others. I still would prefer a PS4, BUT I think the Wii U would be good for Christmas, since it's much cheaper, at least Nintendo has stuff to back up their claim.

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16:43 Nov-30-2013

If I had $345, I'd buy a Wii U. Some very good software is on the way. I don't have the funds at this time. Maybe Boxing Day. At this point, the Wii U is not in high demand; which means finding one isn't an issue. I want to play the new Super Mario game.

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15:26 Nov-30-2013

My country is so greedy when it come to consoles I can't believe it,I don't even know why I was wondering why I got my PS3 in 2010 and not earlier,now I see it.
The PS3 in my country is still 400$,the PS4 is around 700$ I believe,if the WII U is 300$,that means my country got it set around 500$ I'm sure -.-

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17:04 Nov-30-2013

I know that feel bro. In my country a PS4 is $600. We don't have Xbox One yet because they never released any here yet, and the Wii U is about $350.

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15:09 Nov-30-2013

For me every nintendo consoles are no-brainers, I just always get them because they have Godlike exclusives. It just sucks we had to wait a whole year for them to start poppin'

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20:35 Nov-30-2013

^I agree with this!^ I just can't wait for the new Super Smash Brothers!! No sleep for me when that comes out hahaa.

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21:23 Nov-30-2013

Someone give this man ^ a cookie for having great taste :)

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00:59 Dec-01-2013

Cookies will be given :)
Next year will be great for nintendo, we got the new mario kart coming, ssb, donkey kong.
can't wait

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13:00 Nov-30-2013

Seriously don't see the point of having a second screen to look at like that, it'd just annoy me I think. I'll stick with my PS4 and probably get a new PC.

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12:27 Nov-30-2013

The only major advantage of consoles is the exclusives, and IMO Nintendo are the only ones with good exclusives, PS4 and Xbox One have exclusives, but they're not that great, some people may like them, but Halo 1-3 were the only good ones, God of War is just obselete now, racing is not my thing so Forza/Gran Turismo is out of the question, Nintendo has unbeatable exclusives, so if I were to buy a console, it would be the Wii U

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17:07 Nov-30-2013

Yeah, but... It's Nintendo. nobody takes their consoles seriously anymore.

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01:01 Dec-01-2013

that's true, and it's kind of sad, because their first party games are always top notch. Developers are always struggling with the motion controls for nintendo's consoles and then implement some kind of gimmicky motion controls that are just outright annoying.

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