Nintendo Wii U (Deluxe Set)
While we've yet to fully review the Wii U, we've had enough hands-on time to know that this console's potential has been under-emphasized. From unique dual-screen games to what seems like the best universal remote on paper, the Wii U will be this holiday season's most interesting product. ($350, November 18)
- Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
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Starting at: $299.99
The good: The Wii U offers a unique two-screen gaming experience on a tablet controller dubbed the GamePad. It's the first-ever HD Nintendo gaming system that offers gameplay for up to five people on select games. The Wii U is also fully backward compatible with old Wii games and controllers. Off-TV play on select games allows for placeshifting play without the need for a TV.
The bad: Some OS loading times are too long, and the GamePad has a very short battery life. The built-in storage may not be enough for those who plan on downloading a lot of games. The Wii U graphics are only just about on par with current-generation games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Playing some Wii U games can be awkward and requires getting used to in general. Having to look away from the screen on some games can be uncomfortable or disorienting. Nintendo TVii feels incomplete and doesn't do a great job of organizing your TV viewing experience.
The bottom line: Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.
October 31, 2012 3:58 PM PDT
Photo by: Nintendo
| Caption by: Jeff Bakalar
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