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The Sun: 5 Reasons Not To Buy a Wii U

September 17, 2012

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20p British Newspaper, The Sun, has again bashed Nintendo with an article saying why not to buy a Wii U. This is the same newspaper which claimed that the 3DS was giving people headaches, and that people were demanding refunds. This was later proved false by Nintendo. You can read on to see what the Sun said:

Some time in the making, a basic Wii U bundle from Curry’s will cost £239, coming with a single GamePad. An extra Pad will cost a further £100.
Though it’s odds-on to be the best-selling festive toy this year, LEE PRICE explains why he thinks you should swerve the new console. For now, at least.

Worth the cash? … GamePad

Having played with the Wii U at E3, the world’s biggest gaming expo, in LA this summer, I was left feeling a little underwhelmed.

No blockbuster launch date releases, no ground-breaking need for the GamePad and a USP that was swiftly removed by news from GamesCom that the PlayStation Vita will soon be able to operate as a PS3 controller – taking the GamePad out of the market.
Those fighting Nintendo’s corner pointed out, quite rightly, that a Vita and PS3 combination would be less cost-effective than a Wii U.

Pricey … new Nintendo Wii U

But I’m not so sure that’s the case any more. Any gamer will need to spend almost £300 to get going with it.
Here’s a few things to consider before parting with your hard-earned cash – five reasons to hold fire on the Wii U.

1. It’ll be out-dated within a year
It’s no secret that Microsoft and Sony are gearing up for the next generation of consoles, with the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 expected to land next year.
Microsoft even had the new console at THIS year’s E3, just in case Sony announced the PS4, so it’s likely that the Wii U will be old news within six months of release.
If and when that does happen, expect the price to tumble.

2. Vita masquerading as the GamePad
Little wonder Sony were so triumphant at GamesCom. They managed to up-stage Microsoft for the year, and put Nintendo back in their place by nullifying the threat of the Wiii U.
If you’ve got a PS3 then, frankly, you’re better off buying a Vita than a Wii U. Title-wise, gaming-wise and quality-wise, it’s a one-sided match-up.
That said, you wouldn’t expect Nintendo to back down without a fight. As with above, the most likely offensive step is to slash prices ahead of the 720/PS4 launches, but an onslaught of Zelda, Mario and in-house titles wouldn’t go amiss, either.

3. The threat to all consoles – mobile gaming
£239 on a console? That’s a lifetime’s supply of iPhone apps.
Increasingly, it’s a trade-off that’s come to the fore – for the casual gamer, usually Nintendo’s bread and butter customer, the smartphone is a favourable choice.
While the Xbox and PS3 can just about see off the iPhone’sthreat, the Wii U hasn’t much in its armoury.
The next-generation iPhone 5 is another step forward. Your move, Nintendo.

4. DS + Wii = fail?
OK, so it’s a botched equation, but you catch my drift. The DS/3DS and the Wii each served their market well. They knew who they were for and they succeeded because of it.
In many ways, the Wii U is a bizarre middle-ground between the two – and it doesn’t sit easily in either camp.
Neither truly handheld in the same way as the DS nor as multi-player as the Wii, the new console will take some time getting used to.
Of course, the original Wii didn’t earn initial rave reviews either, but its popularity came at a lower cost.

5. It’s dramatically over-priced
I don’t think any new console has ever not drawn comments about its starting price, but we’re talking about serious money here.
Over £200 for just the console, with games likely to cost around £40 a time on top.
Not to mention the £100 an additional GamePad would incur, while old Wii-style numchucks would cost 340.
It’s money that could be saved for the next Xbox or PlayStation because, let’s face it, they’re not going to come cheap, either.
Every console comes down in price, so we shouldn’t linger on the Wii U’s starting position for too long.
But all the signs point to a fairly swift price reduction post-Christmas – especially after E3 2013 next June, when at least one, if not two, superior competitors will be unveiled.

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