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"Almost like they jumped to the Switch model a generation too early. It looks like what a failed Switch prototype would be with the handheld aspect. The problem was you had to be in the same room to use the Gamepad anyway. The controllers were a mess. There was the pad, an okay pro controller, and then Wii remotes? Too many moving parts and not a lot of games (though the ones they had were very good). Nintendo was rediscovering itself between the wildly successful motion control era of the Wii and what would become the dual purpose Switch. The one thing the U had going for it was the virtual console (and backward compatibility was nice)"
"Prime example of Nintendo being Nintendo. Poor marketing led to market confusion on what this console was supposed to be (many thought it was an add-on to the Wii).
Only worthwhile games were 1st party Nintendo games. And since I assume most or all are now on Switch, the WiiU can die off in infamy.
And let me just add that I hate the gamepad! When I play a game, I don’t want to have to hold such a large, clunky device!"
"Saying something Nintendo made is the weirdest thing Nintendo ever made is a big deal since everything Nintendo makes is pretty weird. Anyway. The Wii U was actually really good. Plus it has a greatest Mario game of all time in Mario 3D World, but it was marketed so poorly. People didn't know what it was, but it actually worked pretty darn good. It was a little too clunky and blah though as far as the bad touch screen. An "out there" idea that eventually became the juggernaut that is the Switch. "
"A very underrated system, that was also kind of awkward. The dual screen idea was good on paper, but in reality, it didn't work. Still, this system had quite a few amazing games that have been given new life on the Switch. I just recently purchased my 2nd Wii U (the gamepad got broke on my first one) and I've fallen back in love with this system."
"This was more of a prototype for the Switch, but doesn't deserve all the hates it gets. I think its bad image is mostly due to terrible marketing. Dare I say it may have had more incredible, original first party games than the Switch! Which is why they ported so many of the Wii U games over. The dual-screen itself wasn't the best gimmick but it did shine in certain games, like Wind Waker HD - playing the game on the TV while managing your inventory on the tablet was great. Still, I have mine set up next to the Switch and I always gravitate to the Switch over this. "
"I got the Wii U at a pawn shop when I was delivering pizza because I wanted to be able to play Smash Bros. In between deliveries. It was the best way to pass the time! The console was pretty meh. It will never be a classic, it was pretty innovative with the screen in the controller, but the Switch has since way outdone that. "
"I literally bought this console just for Smash Bros. Nintendo marketed this console poorly as it sounds like a expansion to the Wii. Almost every Wii U game is now on the Switch, which makes this console obsolete. "
"This is the one Nintendo system I never owned for myself. I played quite a bit with my cousins. I felt the handheld screen was too gimicky for me to really want to buy it. A lot of good games later on with this system. "