Why It's Okay You Can't Get a Wii U Anytime Soon

The Wii U launch has come and gone, and it seems like all of your friends have Nintendo's latest console.  Problem is that you can't afford one right now.  Hell, maybe you can't afford one anytime soon.

If you're a kid, you have a chance -- a slight chance, to snag one for Christmas.  Wii U was on the top of your Christmas list and you sent copies to Santa Claus and gave two copies each to both of your parents.  Wii U -- and you made sure you underlined that U, so you won't just get a regular Wii.  Again.

Dear Santa,

I've been really good this year (aside from burning my sister's clothes in the backyard, but she deserved it.  She's crazy) so I would like to ask for a Wii U.  It's Nintendo's new system and has a tablet type controller and you can touch it and stuff and I can play games in the bathroom when my daddy watches My Little Pony.  Please make sure it's a Wii U and not a Wii.  I have a Wii already.  So get Wii U.  There's a big U on the box so you can't be that dumb to miss it.  


P.S.  It's okay if you don't eat the cookies my mom made.  They're gross.  

Let's say you can't afford a Wii U AND can't snag one for the Holidays.  Will you be the biggest loser in the history of the universe?  You'll probably think so, but here are five big reasons why you won't be:

1.  There Aren't Enough Games Right Now  

Let's be honest here.  The Wii U didn't have that game at launch.  You know, the Super Mario World.  The Super Mario 64.  It doesn't have that game that makes the console a must own in the first few months of its life span.  I'm not saying there aren't good games right now.  They're fine.  I'm only saying they just aren't enough to warrant a purchase right now, since the ones that are available aren't truly groundbreaking.

Mario in 3D for the first time = Must Have Console
Nintendoland is a showcase of what the console is capable of doing, like how Wii Sports both displayed what the Wii was capable of while simultaneously being a fun compilation to play.  The same way Wii Sports Resorts showed off the Wii Motion Plus.  Nevertheless, it's not a system seller.

New Super Mario Bros U looks very similar to its predecessors.  Although in HD, it shares the same music and look of the popular Super Mario Bros Wii.  It's almost like a remake rather than a true sequel.

Many will argue that the console itself is a must buy just because of what it is and what it's capable of bringing to the table.  For many people, the Wii U GamePad makes the console a must own.  I knew that argument would appear eventually.  Since day one at E3 2011, the first day I saw the new controller I said:  people are going to want this because it looks like an iPad.  When I say people, I mean the casual market.  People who aren't that familiar with video games and video game history like most experienced gamers.  You could just buy the console itself.  The Basic Set doesn't come with a game, so you're only option would be to buy one with the console, download some from the eShop, or just fiddle around with the applications.  Since you don't have the dough to drop $299.99 (which is an affordable price considering the PS3 launched at $599.99 with a poor launch line up), I still need to convince you why it's okay not to get it now.

Most of the titles at launch are on current consoles you may already own.  Mass Effect 3.  Assassins Creed 3.  Batman: Arkham City.  Ninja Gaiden 3.  If you already own a PS3 or XBOX 360, you most likely already own these games or at the very least have played them.

Wait for Pikmin 3.  Wait for a 3D Mario.  Wait for Super Smash Bros.  Yes, it's great there are more M rated games on Wii U, but most people buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo franchises.  The addition of more M rated games is just icing.  You can wait it out a little bit more, and when you do, you'll have a much bigger selection of games to choose from.  There are plenty of people that own Black Ops 2 for Wii U right now that are stuck playing the campaign because there isn't anyone online to play multiplayer.

Wait it out.  There will be more people later.

2.  We Haven't Seen the Wii U's true Potential Yet

When Wii was released in 2006, we imagined so many different ways the then new controller could be used.  Red Steel put you in the game and had you wield a sword to fight baddies in first person.  The problem was that you didn't feel too much in control.  Matter of fact, the control was awful.  Red Steel 2 improved this mechanic tremendously, but that was four years after the console was released, and Nintendo had an add-on with the Wii Motion Plus to make that possible.  It makes you wonder:  why didn't Nintendo just release the Wiimote and Nunchuk with Wii Motion Plus at launch?  

That's because Nintendo always holds back on the cool stuff.  

Bet you forgot THIS is why your controllers rumble today.
All of the stuff Nintendo is promoting now revolves around the new controller and what it can do, but four years from now Nintendo will be focusing on something the controller couldn't do at launch.  What that will be, time will tell, but we haven't even scratched the surface with Wii U.

It took Nintendo the length of the Wii's lifespan to almost perfect motion controls with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Maybe it was because they were the ones willing to try.  It is their machine, after all.  What will the Wii U GamePad be capable of at the console's peak?  At the end of its lifespan?  Nobody knows.  All we know now is that it's touch screen, you can use it when the TV is off, and that it's a companion screen when you play normally.  What developers will do with this is up to them -- they can be lazy and just add simple additions using the GamePad, or they can attempt to be innovative.

If there is any company that will be innovative with the controller, it's Nintendo.  We just haven't seen it yet.

3.  There is still Life in Other Consoles 

Look at your video game library right now.  Have you seriously completed every game you own? There are people out there that are so desperate to own a new console just because it's new, but haven't even truly enjoyed the console they already own.

This is especially true for those that own a Nintendo Wii with the argument being there are only shovelware games for the console.  Not true.

Here's a list of some great games you could be playing on the console you blew all of your savings on six years ago on ebay because it was impossible to find Wii in stores:

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Smash Bros Brawl
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Red Steel 2
Tatsunoko vs Capcom
No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2
Epic Mickey
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Mario Kart Wii
Punch Out
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Kirby's Dream Collection
Goldeneye 007 Remake
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
The Last Story
Muramasa:  The Demon Blade
Rhythm Heaven Fever
Wii Sports
Wii Sports Resort
Wii Fit Plus

... and many more.  Not to mention the sea of Gamecube games if you bought the original Wii, which is backwards compatible.  Oh, and all those Virtual Console games.  Catch up on history.

Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 owners are still going strong.  Although rumors have been surfacing about new consoles in the works, there are plenty of games on these consoles that you haven't played yet. PS3 titles that are in the Greatest Hits collection (ones in the red cases) are in the $19.99 price range.  Haven't played Metal Gear Solid 4?  Now is the time to pick it up for less than filling up your gas tank at the pump.

If you've played every single video game known to mankind already, then yeah, maybe you should figure out how to gather around $400 and get a Wii U, but don't get me started on all of the PC games you downloaded and haven't even played.

It's okay that you don't have a Wii U just yet.  You still have plenty of more gaming to do in this current generation.  Gaming is a hobby, not a popularity contest.  Consoles are available for your entertainment.  You probably already own a console or two that you haven't enjoyed to its fullest potential.  Finish those games while you save up.

Who knows?  Maybe Wii U will become like the Dreamcast in a couple of years.

You never know.

... but probably not.

- A.G.


Unknown said...

Nice one, I enjoyed reading it!