Pros Touch screen on game pad is easy and intuitive. Super Mario Bros for Wii u in HD is beautiful. Nintendo Land disc is full of fun, easy to figure out party games. Full backwards compatibility with Wii games and hardware.
Cons Extremely slow load times for everything on the menu. Lots of downtime needed to update and maintain the console's OS. Streaming video services are particularly underwhelming
Summary My first day with the WiiU console I spent several hours downloading a system update that repeatedly timed out. After I downloaded the system update, I spent several more hours transferring my save data and downloaded games from my Wii to my Wii U. Then, when I tried to watch Netflix and Amazon Streaming, I was prompted to do MORE system update downloads. After completing all the downloads and updates, Netflix is essentially unuseable on the Wii U. When I tap the Netflix icon, it takes 40 seconds for the system to respond. In fact, it takes this long each time I do anything with the streaming services! To compare that, my little Roku takes 3 seconds to respond when I hit the Netflix button. Why on earth would I ever make the Wii U my main or only home entertainment device when it is that slow? If a cable box or TV took 40 seconds to change channels, I would consider it to be malfunctioning. Why does Nintendo believe its okay to have such poor performance on something as integral to the Wii U as the streaming services seem to be?
In general, the layout, design and performance of the console feels very half-baked, like it was rushed out the door with major, obvious design flaws. The menu on the gamepad looks like a windows desktop with way too many vague icons. You get the main icons in the middle, then you get a whole row of smaller, unlabeled icons along the bottom of the gamepad screen. The only way to know what a particular icon does is to poke it, but then you have at least a minute or more of load time before you get any response at all. I bought the Wii U to PLAY GAMES, not to be distracted by all the futzing around with the software and console. The games are fun, but Super Mario Bros is basically a continuation of SMB for Wii, with a little bit of extra functionality included due to having the gamepad. So the person with the gamepad can draw temporary jump platforms, but if you are playing with only two people, there really isn't a graceful way to bounce back and forth from the gamepad to the wii remote, so that feature isn't all that impressive.
Pros -Tablet controller is Light to hold
-ALL original Wii accessories and games work with the system!
-Brilliant touch screen tablet capable of internet!
-Truly innovate gaming system.
Cons -The OS will need a few updates over the next few months to get everything up and running
Summary -Miiverse...a social network that will include not only Nintendo Wii U users, but also Nintendo 3DS users will be a strong draw for Nintendo.-USB 2.0 only despite requiring an external hard drive
-Nintendo is aiming at allowing games for older audiences compared to the original
-The controller has all types of motion sensors...allowing for games where you actually twist and turn in 3d space (In some games, you must be standing up so you can literally turn 360 degrees...amazing experience)
-Not the greatest opening line-up of games, but new Mario/Zelda/Pokemon games are on their way!
Updated on Jan 30, 2013
-low CPU AND GPU processing power, can barely run 1080 content.
-As above, most games will be in 720p
-First 9 months have almost no original software released
-The gamepad is cheap. The connection constantly breaks and the unit rattles.
-Multiplayer games require 2+ WiiMotes, neither of which come with a new Wii U
I DO NOT Recommend. Stay away from this machine. It is one of Nintendo's worst systems yet. ps4 and xbox3 will be out this year, and both of them will have much better processing abilities. I warn you here, stay away from this.
Updated on Jan 30, 20131/5 stars.
Pros dual screen tablet pad awesomeness easy fast internet connection
Cons slow updates
Summary so i brought the Wii u the other day and thought id do a little review. If any one was thinking of getting one don't listen to all the bad hype it has received. It is an amazing machine it hasn't got the power and graphics of the big hitters that are to come but it holds its own with its own style of beauty and unique game play. Its silent as a ghost while and quite small probably a quarter of the size of a 360. The new pad is awesome its basically a tablet which brings features that complement the console nicely. These features make it appealing as a entertainment system much like the new Xbox one in the fact that it does a load more then just play games. There are two draw backs though that i have ran into though. 1 the start up system updates can take ages so if you buy it as a gift its best to do this before giving it away especially if your giving it to a younger more inpatient person and 2 it does take a little while around 5 to 10 seconds to go back to the main menu from games and apps. The only other thing is the lack of defining games out at the moment but with huge titles in the pipeline plus the few that are out already its a good steal at only £260. It has the ability to become my favorite machine once it grows into its full potential.
Pros New controller gives the Wii U a unique experience
Ability to use touch based controls
Has some fun games and popular titles available
Nintendo TVii and Miiverse are actually quite useful
Cons Nintendo TVii would definitely be more useful if you could control your DVR.
Summary Deluxe Version is definitely worth the extra $50. It comes with 4 times the storage, a $60 game, and a 10% back for downloaded games.
Pros 1) Excellent, high definition game quality, which will eventually surpass the capabilities of the 360/PS3 once developers take advantage of it.
2) Really fun interaction between TV and GamePad in games, allowing for new console experiences.
Cons 1) TV button doesn't allow adding an AV receiver, so input changing is useless.
2) Triggers are not analog.
3) GamePad screen's color temp is too warm/yellow.
4) Original Wii mode has underscan and doesn't support surround when connected via HDMI.
Summary The Wii U is a fantastic, very fun console all around that would greatly benefit from improved software support on Nintendo's part.
Con # 1 can be fixed via a software patch if we all demand it from Nintendo, and everyone with using a home theater receiver should!
Con # 2 onlys affect simulation level racing games.
Con # 3 can be corrected by setting your TVs color temperature to Warm, but a setting to tweak the GamePad color temperature would be appreciated.
Con # 4 can be circumvented by connecting the Wii style AV cables in addition to HDMI cable, and then switching your Wii U settings to 1080p component + stereo mode before launching the original Wii menu/games, then switching the settings back to HDMI/surround when exiting back to the Wii U. This prevents underscan and allows for proper Dolby Pro Logic decoding of Wii games.
A lot of people claim the Wii U has an overscan issue, but this is just not true. These folks just can't (or don't know how) to set their HDTV so it turns off all overscan, via its Just Scan or Full Pixel settings.
But even with these limitations, I've had such fantastic experiences with NintendoLand, New Super Mario U, and ZombiU, that I've hardly touched my PS3 and Xbox 360 since getting it.
The Wii U was released without some of its feature set available or ready from prime time, and will only improve as Nintendo fixes and expands on the feature set.