Five Things We Love About the Wii U
Nintendo's latest console is an effort to bring the company away from the nostalgia trap and into the mainstream. The Wii, while a fun way to shake up the typical console release, was a gimmicky letdown and took up residence in closets everywhere a few months after release.
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The Wii U represents a new era for the company as it attempts to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers. Pre-orders are running out quick, and your options are fairly slim if you want to pick up the console around its 11/18 release date. We got our hands on the console and here is some cool stuff that it does:
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5. The Controller
The Wii U Gamepad provides functionality for both fans of the Wii's simple gameplay and enough precision to play hardcore games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Each console supports only one of the 6 inch gamepads, with Wiimotes and other controllers supported for mutliplayer games. The LCD screen on the controller is multifunctional, and in one instance handled inventory management for the preview we received of ZombiU.
4.The Fresh Start
The $350 deluxe edition of the Wii U includes "Nintendo Land," a sampler platter of minigames that showcase the possibilities of the console. We played a minigame where one player using the Gamepad plays a ghost, and four others use Wiimotes to hunt him in a zany crossover between Pac-Man and Metal Gear Solid. The emphasis on living room social gaming is a line in the sand for Nintendo. Having improved online support for this console generation, it's also good to see the company maintaining the same support for couch multiplayer that they have over the years.