It’s almost impossible to go to any site on the net and not
see a hint of negativity at the mere mention of the Wii U. Even Nintendo centric
websites have been wondering what the deal is with the console. Where are the
games? Why is EA not supporting the platform? Why is the hardware not PS4
quality? Was the screen in the controller a mistake? Why is the OS slow… why
this… why that. Why Why Why.

There have definitely been some big mistakes made in the
launching of the Wii U. The name, for starters, should have been something else…
something which Nintendo appears to finally be grasping. The OS out of the box,
even after a massive update, was sluggish… and yes it’s fixed now. I could
probably go on and on about all the things wrong with the Wii U. Still, you
know what? It’s a great console, and its future will be just fine. It’s time we
begin to show a little appreciation for Nintendo’s new box.

Nintendo’s Games Are Coming and Will Be Better than Ever

It’s a bold statement to say that the games Nintendo has in
store are going to be better than what we have seen in the past, but
realistically what was one aspect that many felt would have improved a game
like Mario Galaxy? HD, and the Wii U does that. We are going to get the best
looking Nintendo games we have ever seen.

Realistically, we all know that you buy a Nintendo console
to play Nintendo games. We would love for all the remarks about Nintendo’s 3rd
party support to ring true, but the only for sure aspect we can rely on is that
Nintendo is going to deliver the goods. I have no reason to expect them not to.
Why don’t we have Pikmin 3 right now? The team was too small, so they delayed
it to make sure they got the game done just right. That is classic Nintendo – a
delayed game is eventually good, while a rushed game usually never hits the
mark.

Who doesn’t want to see Nintendo’s games in all that HD
glory? Does the price tag seem too steep to see that? I don’t think so,
considering I am paying a mere $50 more for this console than I did a Wii in
2006. That’s nothing when you consider 300$ today is not worth nearly as much
as 300$ back then. In that regard, this is much closer to a $250 console back
in 2006. What’s wrong with that?

Nintendo is slowly Grasping the Online World

We tend not to give Nintendo any slack because the other
competing consoles have a well-established online presence and community. Thus,
we wanted Nintendo to fly out the gates firing on all cylinders. Realistically,
we should have known Nintendo was going to take their lumps in the online
world.

Sony and Microsoft both went through some hard times in the
transition themselves, making several mistakes before perfecting their systems.
Why would Nintendo not be given that same opportunity? They have already vastly
improved over what they use to offer, with one of the last remaining major
knocks being the whole “tying games to the console instead of to your account”
thing. Though, Nintendo said that was probably going to eventually change.

Shouldn’t we give them that time to get it right? We are too
invested in a “must have what we want right now world” that the virtue of
patience is lost on many of us. Nintendo made some major strides with their
online connectivity. Let’s be nice, point out the issues, and give Nintendo
time to fix everything. There was a big panic with the whole sluggish Operating
System too, and lo and behold Nintendo did something about it.

Give them time. They have only just begun.

The Wii U’s GamePad is Still a Vital Aspect of the Console,
not a Failure

Off-TV Play. That single feature is something people may not
understand until they actually land in the situation where having it is truly
convenient. The extra control options… and yes, the comfort level in your hand
of the controller are all things that need to be experienced to understand. Any
product that requires you use it before you grasp it always takes a while to
catch on.

That’s not saying there aren’t issues. The battery life is
one such problem, and I bet Nintendo eventually starts packing in a better
battery, but until then 3rd party solutions do exist. I may not
entirely see the “must buy” value in the GamePad, but I certainly understand its
convenience, something that will take time to click with people. Again, this is
about patience.

Tired of Waiting? No One Ever Said You Could Only Game on
One Platform

It’s true that Nintendo needs to be given time to straighten
everything out. I believe that time is going to lead to many happy owners, but
while we wait that doesn’t mean there is nothing to play. No one is stopping
you from picking up a $99 Xbox 360 and enjoying the experiences you missed out
on. No one is taking away those 3DS games this year that will keep you occupied
just long enough for the Wii U titles to arrive that interest you.

No one is saying you can’t, you know, own a gaming PC or a
PS4 along with a Wii U. In fact, if nothing on the Wii U interest you right now…
don’t buy one! Its fine to be critical, in fact it’s encouraged because in
order to fully grasp the flaws in something another must point them out. But at
the same time, it’s way too soon to be writing the Wii U off as a failure like
so many outlets have done. The other companies were afforded the time necessary
to turn things around – so why doesn’t Nintendo get that privilege as well? The
Wii U is going to be fine folks. This isn’t the Philips CD.

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Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
I am the current Editor-in-Chief of Zelda Informer and have been running the show here since July 16th, 2008. I've actually been running Zelda Fan sites since 1998, so I've been in this "industry" for roughly 16 years. I'm 28 years old and have two kids, one biological, the other more of a step daughter (not legally yet, but practically). I live with my girlfriend and our two kids (Aiden, age 1 and half, Melody age 3 and half). I'm attending college to create video games web applications, and I naturally love Nintendo (I run a Zeld a website after all!). For those curious, I currently own a Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS, PlayStation 3, and a gaming PC (and a gaming capable laptop too!). I do plan to eventually get a PlayStation 4, likely when more comes out I am interested in playing on the system. I do play the Wii U more than any other system I own.

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