Is The Wii U Right For You?

November 21, 2012

Deciding whether or not to invest in new technology can be one of the most challenging choices a consumer can make. Every year, right around this time, whether or not to buy that season's hot tech is usually at the top of people's minds. This year's the spotlight is on Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U. If you're still on the fence about whether or not to jump in and try out the new system, we have put together a list of three easy questions for you to ask yourself to help you figure out what you should do.

Do you like to try new things?

Yes: Then you should probably at least give the Wii U a shot, because much like it's predecessor the Wii, it's not your typical gaming console. The Wii U's GamePad features a second screen that creates new ways to play games. The console also includes everything from Nintendo's first online community, Miiverse, to Nintendo TVii, which is software that is hopes to revolutionize the way you watch TV (coming this December).

No: If you're a gamer that only buys a couple games a year, say Madden or Call of Duty, then you might want to steer clear of the Wii U for now. While both of those franchises already have games out on the console (complete with special features that only appear on the Wii U) you're probably set in your ways, and would prefer your Xbox 360 or PS3 controller over the GamePad no matter what.

Do you predominantly game alone or with friends?

With Friends: The Wii U might be the best thing ever created for you. The GamePad's second screen opens up new possibilities for you and your friends to experience games together. For the first time ever on a console, one person can be playing and seeing one thing, while everyone else in the room is doing something completely different, yet still playing the same game together. It's one of the biggest selling points of the system, and could be the most definitive feature of the console.

Alone: While almost all of the Wii U's 25+ launch titles include single player and multiplayer modes, the console's star shines much brighter when more than one person can take advantage of the GamePad's unique features. However, not every game requires two screens, and titles like New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Scribblenauts offer single players the option of off screen play, putting the entire game experience to the screen on the GamePad. This means that the Wii U is the first console to offer "portable" (the range is about 25 ft) console gaming. It's also a nice way to still be able to play when someone else is watching TV.

Are you traditionally an early adopter?

Yes: Then you know how much of rewarding/frustrating responsibility it is to be the first one to run out and buy something. For the most part, the Wii U doesn't have too many early hiccups, outside of the GamePad having an unfortunately short battery life, and a day one firmware update that can delay your gaming by almost two hours. If you have to be the first on your block to own the latest tech, then you probably already own a Wii U.

No: If you like to take a bit of a wait-and-see attitude with devices that have yet to prove themselves, then you're not alone. After how the Wii played out, a lot of gamers are waiting to see if the software library comes around to back up Nintendo's latest venture. If you're not comfortable gambling $299 - $349 on a new device, then it's best that maybe you should stick with your gut, and give the console a few months to mature.

Hopefully that's helpful. If you do decide to take the plunge, check out our handy launch guide to help you get ready for welcoming your new Wii U home for the first time.