The topic of this blog is right in the title. With Nintendo announcing a price drop for the Wii U and a bundle with a pack in game I actually want to play (I’ve never cared about Nintendoland), I think the time might be right to drop the cash for a Wii U. However, I have reservations and here’s why.
Back in the mid 90s, when the Nintendo 64 came out, I got it near it’s launch (I think it was a month or so after the release date). I got it with one controller and Super Mario 64. While I loved the hell out of that game (still my favorite Mario game), I had nothing to play after I had finished that. Mortal Kombat Trilogy was terrible, I had no interest in Pilotwings 64, and Cruis’n USA wasn’t good enough to buy. After Mario Kart 64 didn’t blow me away (I like it more now), I decided to trade someone my N64 and Super Mario 64 for a Sega Genesis with two six button controllers and 12 games, most still in their cases. Best trade ever. I also decided from there on out to not get consoles at launch and to instill some rules before a buy a new console. These rules are as follows:
- Console must be out for a year
- There must be at least 10 games I want to play.
- These 10 games must be exclusive to the console or have something about it that makes it the noticeable superior version.
I’ve used these rules ever since the N64 and I rarely deviate from them. So with this in mind, does the Wii U pass these rules I’ve made? Well, kinda. The price drop happens on September 20th. The Wii U was released on November 18th last year. So it’s just short of the year mark. As for the 10 games, here’s a list of games I’m interested in for the Wii U:
- New Super Mario Bros U
- Chasing Aurora
- Lego City Undercover
- Pikmin 3
- Earthbound (considering the rarity of this game on the SNES, it counts)
Obviously, that’s not 10 games but that’s just the games out right now. If you take into account the games that are going to be coming out by the end of the year then that list grows:
- Rayman Legends (the touch pad and extra content makes it worth it to me)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- Sonic Lost World
- Super Mario 3D World
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Now, that’s 10 games and there are also a few games that I’m just not sure about like New Super Luigi U, Pokemon Rumble U, and The Wonderful 101. Not to mention what’s coming out next year.
So with the console being 300 dollars and I’ll probably be able to pick up two or three other games and according to my rules, should I pick up a Wii U? Another thing to bring up is I am the managing editor for a small gaming website called Gaming Precision so I could also say that it would help me in my work. Should I pick up the Wii U on the promise of the upcoming games of this year and further on or should I wait?