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A Heartfelt Farewell to the Nintendo Wii U

Wanderin Jim is reader of comics, novels, a player of many video games and a watcher of many shows and he has some opinions to share.

The Wii U

The Nintendo Wii U's eshop will be shutting down March 2023 marking the official end to Wii U support, I'm actually sadden by this news and will miss the console, to say farewell to the little bundle of joy, I want to take this time to highlight in this article all the things the Wii U did right, and why it will always be my favorite Nintendo console in my heart. I will also be making a Wii U game recommendation list before the end. So, sit back enjoy and sorry this might get a little emotional. First thing's first, a small history lesson.

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The Wii U (/ˌwiː ˈjuː/ WEE YOO) is a home video game console developed by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. Released in late 2012, it is the first eighth-generation video game console and competed with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.

The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics. The system's primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display or in supported games to play the game directly on the GamePad. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used in its place as a more traditional alternative. The Wii U is backward compatible with all Wii software and accessories. Games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo's Classic Controller or Wii U Pro Controller. Online functionality centers around the Nintendo Network platform and Miiverse, an integrated social networking service which allowed users to share content in game-specific communities.

It's HD

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As stated above, the Wii U is Nintendo's first HD console, and it shows. many of the original or exclusive games look stunning like Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD. Graphics is kind of a weird subject, isn't it? the graphical jump was most noticeable before HD, God of War on PS4 looks great and it is hard to see just what has changed on PS5. Nintendo Wii U was a huge jump from the Wii and in my mind it was good enough, Fatal Frame looks real enough and Link looks fantastic in both Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wilds.

Duo Screens

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For certain games like Hyrule Warriors or any of the Lego games, one person would be playing using the gamepad and the other player using the TV screen. Each person having their own screen without the need of the internet was fantastic for playing locally with a friend and it meant that nobody had to sacrifice screen for the sake of the other player. The Nintendo Switch would do something similar by bringing your switch over it could link with another switch for multiplayer, but the Wii U didn't require both people having the console and, in some cases, allowed up to five players locally with four of them using the slandered controllers and one player using the pad, Super Mario Bros U and one of the Mario Parties did this. Some game used the second screen on the pad for your map such as Batman Arkham Origins or Twilight Princess meaning you don't need a mini map, other games used very clever like Fatal Frame making it not just your map but alos the camera or such as Zombie U one player is playing on TV while the other is playing on the pad dropping zombies around the board in hopes of killing other.

Having a second screen to play with might not be necessary in most cases but was cool to have and it brought a whole new dynamic in some games and was a decent luxury in others, it was neat in my book, and I will miss it.

Virtual Console

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this might be the big one. As I had stated in a previous article, I don't like the Nintendo Switch online retro game service, it's merely a rental service and if your internet goes out or you decide that you don't want to pay that yearly subscription you lose all those games. However, on the Wii U you actually buy your games, and they are stored on the hard drive of the system meaning that unless someone were hack the system those games are your yours to keep as long as you have power to run the console.

The number of games on the Wii U Virtual Console more than double what is currently on the Switch, but it also includes Game Boy Advance and DS. This was a means for catching up on old games I never had a chance to play and until the Switch has Donkey Kong 64 and Super Mario RPG, the Wii U is still important.

Final Thoughts

I Didn't even mention that the Wii U was backwards compatible with all Wii games and even brought Wii Controller support to many of the modern games like Call of Duty Black ops 2.

On a personal not, for most of my life I shared all my consoles with my brother, until the Wii U. The Wii U was the first console I owned alone I could play any number of games I wanted or wouldn't have even considered playing with my brother, it might not sound like a big deal but when you are out buying a game what the other guy might enjoy is a big influence on your purchasing decision.

This is not the end as I will now put together a game recommended list for the Wii U, but what do you guys' think are you sadden by the Wii U passing on or could you care less please vote and let me know in the comment section below, I'm Wanderin Jim and I hope you all have a super happy day.

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