Wii U

Should you buy a Wii U?

Even if you’re not into gaming, you’ll have undoubtedly played a Nintendo game at some point in your life: Mario Kart, Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda – the list goes on.

All isn’t well in Nintendo Land, though. While the Nintendo 3DS continues to sell faster than lightsabers at a Star Wars convention, the Wii U is performing badly.

Around 10 million Wii U consoles have been sold since it was released in 2012. By comparison, 22.3 million PS4s and around 14 million Xbox One consoles have been sold since their respective launches.

With a lack of third party support and a severe lack of power compared to its rivals, things look bleak for the Wii U.

It’s a shame, because the Wii U is a brilliant console that has an awful lot going for it. Here are a few reasons to consider selling your Xbox One or PS4 and buying a Wii U!


Shooting games have never been Nintendo’s forte, but Splatoon could change that. This quirky third person shooter is typically colourful, with players shooting each other with garish ink rather than bullets. It’s been getting great reviews already and could be the perfect antidote to the endless grim warfare of Call of Duty, Gears of War and countless others.

Splatoon is released today, so keep an eye out for console bundles.

Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda (plus more!)

Nintendo are responsible for some of the best franchises in video game history, but they don’t like sharing; the only way you can get your Mario or Link fix is on a Nintendo console.

The Wii U’s lineup of Nintendo exclusives is strong with the amazing Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and New Super Mario Bros U. With a new Zelda (apparently the biggest to date) coming out next year, and new entries to the Pokemon and Metroid series rumoured, the future looks bright.


Alright, so not everyone is into little Nintendo figurines. But we’re pretty certain that some Amiibo – which are a bit like Skylanders and unlock certain features in games – will be worth a lot of money one day. In fact, some of them are selling for over £100 already!

The Virtual Console

Classic SNES, N64 and Wii games, all in one place. Seriously, it’s incredible.

The second screen

The Wii U’s TouchPad controller is essentially a tablet that lets you play games away from the TV. Ideal if you only have one TV and can’t hog it all the time!

Have you got a Wii U? Share your experiences with us in the comments.

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