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How in the world are there Christmas decorations up at my place already? Where is the time going?! What time warp did I step into?! I cannot believe how fast time is going. Hopefully things slow down once the weekend gets here! See you in a few, short hours.


The Wii U has been available in North America since Nov. 18th. Our friends in Europe are just a few days away from launch, with Japan following up just a week after that. It's crazy to think that after years and years of waiting, the system is finally going to be available worldwide.

You've listened to what the boring press has had to say about the Wii U. The complaints, the praise and everything inbetween. You don't want to hear us drone on and on about the system anymore. There's only so much you can take of people telling you about a new piece of hardware.

I wanted to turn to you guys in the states that have already picked up a Wii U. I'm looking for the early adopters that were more than willing to plop down their hard-earned cash on a Wii U during this launch month. You've had some time with the system and it's workings. I want to know what you think of it all so far.

What elements of the Wii U have surprised you? What are the little quirks that make you smile? What aspects of the system really don't sit right with you? Leave us a comment and let us know the good, bad and ugly that has been floating around your head. Has Nintendo's leap into the next-gen made you a believe or a skeptic?

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28 Nov 2012 11:35

zachattack wrote:I have no complaints about this system except the few the other people posted above. I think this is the best Nintendo Home Console Ever and am excited for the future with Smash Bros, Mario Kart,Zelda ,Metroid and 3-D Flagship Mario,Pokemon,Kirby,Fire Emblem,Yoshi's Land and More! And hopefully3rd Parties continue to support with their great Multi platform games!



Well, I'm a bit biased. I grew up with the NES, and to me, that will always be "the greatest console ever", not merely the greatest Nintendo console ever.

BUT, I do think the Wii U has the potential to be even better than the Wii, and that is saying something considering how much I (personally) really got enjoyment out of it.
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28 Nov 2012 11:49

The things I am most impressed with have been the online connectivity. The eShop, Miiverse, just everything about the refined approach Nintendo is taking I'm quite enjoying and that's with Nintendo TVii still not out yet. As for gaming, I love what I have played so far.

I have put a decent amount of time in ZombiU, Trine 2, Little Inferno, and Nintendo Land, and I'm pleased with all of them. I think the fact that I also have Assassin's Creed 3 and haven't yet played it shows that there is a good library of games worth playing already at launch which makes this launch pretty impressive.

Some have had some issues with internet and freezing consoles, I have only had one freeze and that occurred during launch day when I tried accessing Miiverse just as it went down. Other than that, no system problems here, so for future buyers I don't think you have to be too worried. Plus any issues can be ironed out with system updates.
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28 Nov 2012 12:05

i love my wii u!the miiverse it's just amazing!the controller is also amazing and having off tv play is something i could never give up now.

the eshop is great.and the video chat works great once connected.but it takes a long time to connect.and i wish it said who is calling before i pick up instead of after i press the home button.

i love my games,nintendoland,new super mario bros u,call of duty,and nano assault neo.

the web browser it the best for a game console or smart phone and now my fav way of surfing.


the only thing that i don't like is the os is a little slow but i think will get better.

and i love the video apps.

this is my new fav system.
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28 Nov 2012 12:32

So far I'm really pleased, even more so now that I own an HDTV and can experience my games in even better picture than before. :)

The online features of the system work really well, and I like it more than Xbox 360's online features so far. Why? Because I don't have to pay for them! That's my biggest gripe with Xbox Live (specifically Gold), in order to get the most out of it you have to pay like $50 a year. I know to some that may not seem like such a bad price for a yearly basis, but as it stands I can't pay for it, so I much prefer the fact Nintendo doesn't force us to pay to use features like Miiverse or the internet browser. Anyway, Miiverse is really nifty, and I sometimes just like to let the screen sit on the awesome home menu just to see what messages people write for some games or apps. The eShop is also really nice to browse, a nice step up from the Wii Shop Channel (though I will admit I do kinda miss that old shopping music :P).

The controller is also really nice. It fits very well in my hands, and everything feels like it's the right size for my hands. The buttons and d-pad ended up being bigger than I expected, and this is a really good thing. The Wii d-pad, while not bad, was admittedly a bit small, so the Wii U's d-pad is a nice upgrade for me and makes playing NSMBU feel better than playing NSMBW. All of the shoulder buttons are easy to reach, and the placement of the sticks in relation to buttons are not confusing to me at all despite being pretty used to the Xbox 360 controller these past 4 years. Reaching the + and - buttons are easy too, and I can easily reach the edges of the touch screen to press things like the horse whistle icon in Assassin's Creed III with ease.

Now onto games:

-Nintendo Land: so far I feel like i may enjoy this even more than Wii Sports! While Wii Sports was fun, a game like Nintendo Land just appeals to me more because I'm not much of a sports person. Having mini-games based off of my favorite Nintendo franchises is a much more appealing concept, and so far many of the games I've played work really well and are just a ton of fun to play. My favorite so far might be DK's Crash Course.

-Assassin's Creed III: Another excellent entry in the series, and worthy of the number in the title. Free running controls even better than before thanks to only needed to hold ZR, and as usual there's a nice amount of mission variety, and lots of places to explore. GamePad use is minimal, sure, but it doesn't matter since the game itself is already really good, and besides the title was originally made more for traditional controllers anyway.

-Black Ops 2: Really enjoying this game so far. I like that it switches back and forth from different time periods (a nice replacement for the "switch military as the story calls" aspect of the older games), and allows you to customize load outs, perks, and add ons for weapons before missions in single player. The strike force missions offer up some interesting change ups as well.

(will end here and edit later, time constraints call for me to end this short)
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28 Nov 2012 12:48

My only real gripe with the system is actually how weak the connection to the GamePad can be when playing in another room. I've found that in a lot of cases I enjoy playing on the GamePad's screen moreso than on the TV, and it would be nice to at least be able to take it around the house. But whatever, I can cope.

As far as the games go...I have four: NSMBU, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Mighty Switch Force HD, and Little Inferno. All fantastic! I'm not the biggest fan of the NSMB games, but this one is actually pretty solid. Little Inferno is surprisingly addictive, Mighty Switch Force is great for short bursts of challenge, and Scribblenauts is just plain awesome (this is my first foray with that series, btw).

Miiverse, the eShop and Browser are all good too, and in the case of the latter two, waaay better than what we had before. Still some room for improvement on all accounts, but it's a great start.

Overall, I'm impressed. It's probably my favorite console launch to date!
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28 Nov 2012 13:30

I'm quite disappointed with it to be honest. The basic idea with the GamePad is pretty decent but I don't see any developers really using it for much outside of interface and maps. They'll just build typical games and tack on some kind of gamePad gimmick as opposed to building FOR the controller.

The launch lineup of games is maybe the most depressing aspect of the system. Nintendo Land is the only great title, even Mario is really bland and typical. Tried Scribblenauts for the first time thought it was pretty lame and lacked any direction whatsoever.

I'm ready for real WiiU support.
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28 Nov 2012 13:35

The browser really surprised me. It's the best browser I've ever seen away from a desktop/laptop setup. It's quick and works wonderfully (except no Flash support, but that's pretty standard now...). And the Miiverse is AWESOME! I love seeing what people say in the plaza, and the fan art is superb. I like doodling, and I'm pretty good, but other people make true art on their touchpads. (I must note, I have not yet seen a single penis on miiverse.)
As for the games, I love every one I've played so far. NSMBU, ZombiU, and Nintendo Land are all local-play only, but the online support is so cool in each one. Especially ZombiU. Don't believe half the reviews for it out, it is everything I want it to be except for online multiplayer. NSMBU is wonderfully challenging and looks great, as is NL. Man, that game starts out easy but gets hard in nearly every attraction. I also downloaded Little Inferno (amazingness) and Nano Assult Neo (slightly less amazing) and they are both incredibly fun. I like playing them on the gamepad while my girlfriend watches tv.
Now my college finals are approaching quickly, and I can't put nearly as much time into it as I would like. But that will change in three weeks, so I'll see you all on the Miiverse
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28 Nov 2012 13:39

The video chat is AMAZING as well as the camera! I can see myself clearly in my dark basement. The games are fun. The touch screen is top notch. Overall, it's a great system.

My gripes is the backwards compatibility is a Wii inside a Wii U. How they implement it is fine, but they could have hid the gory details. Going into the old Wii menu to play old Wii games is a bit much. I was hoping they would do more with the upscaling of old Wii games. It would have been amazing if Wii games would look on the Wii U as good as they do in Dolphin. Finally, the Wii TV Remote feature is lacking. They REALLY need a training mode. I can understand not supporting every device in the universe, but please have a mode where we can program our own devices in. Neither my Projector (that is my TV) nor my AV Receiver are supported.
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28 Nov 2012 13:42

Oh, off screen play is great, being able to turn the TV and change the channel via the gamepad was a very good idea on Nintendo part. The thing that most surprised me is how loud the speakers are and how they have been used
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28 Nov 2012 13:43

Positives
+Miiverse is a surprisingly cool idea in practice
+being able to use the gamepad screen for games is a lot more convenient for me than i first thought
+feels good in the hands
+lots of potential for more inventive games
+looks so good on my new tv.... *drools*
+the "Wara Wara Plaza" works great as an advertisement for other games without intruding on my experience.

Negatives...
-the OS is SLOOOOOOOW
-Nintendo cheaped out on some internal hardware that will leave it in a similar position as the Wii - don't expect third party support to be all over this thing...
-the battery on the gamepad is REALLY poor
-the way the Wii is being emulated on this is F***ED... The separate channel, the separate shop, how it's being stored...
-eShop seems pretty poorly laid out
-not alot of compelling software (but that's coming, right? RIGHT??)
-friend list integration is ridiculous (we don't send friend requests through the friends list, but we can through Miiverse? What?)


I see the potential, and I don't regret my purchase, but it's DEFINITELY still disappointing. But whatever. It'll be what it was always going to be - a machine great for first party software and the occasional third party experiment, but you should probably have another console or a PC to accompany this thing for everything else...
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28 Nov 2012 13:48

To put it simply this is the Nintendo console that I dreamed about when I was 12 years old and playing NES games. I love playing Nintendo games in HD and as I've said before in another post I can see being a one console household. The new Xbox will have to really blow me away in order for me to get it.

The Miiverse is great and usually I'll hop on the Wii U just to check the Miiverse and then get out. No game being played. The only gripe I have with the MiiVerse is the posts are so far down after 20 minutes that most people don't get to read them. I wish it would bump posts based on popularity. Also I wish there was a specific Wii U hardware forum and not only game forums.

The gamepad is wonderful. Really really wonderful. NSMBU plays great using it (I LOVE NSMBU BTW). I love playing games while others use the tv and internet browsing is FAST on it. It feels great while playing too. I do sort of wish it was 3D because I love my 3DS.

Which gets me to the biggest gripe...no standardized eShop. I want to be able to use my points between devices. I hope it comes soon.

All in all I love the Wii U and honestly wish it had come out years earlier. I am really loving the system and the best is yet to come I'm sure!
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28 Nov 2012 14:09

so far I love my Wii U and enjoying the hell out of the gamepad

Nintendo needs to fix the speed since it is very slow when using the user-interface such as entering Mii Verse or exiting/entering other apps on the Wii U Menu, etc.

Plus, Nintendo needs to pre-install all the firmware updates into the Wii U Consoles when Nintendo sends more Wii U consoles to store for sale.

Also, it would be nice to see if Nintendo gives us an update on exactly what days the eshop will be updated on the Wii U such as the PS3 psn store is updated on tuesdays, Wii Ware Monday, 3DS e-shop thursday, etc.

Oh and hopefully Nintendo will somehow update the Wii U to allow two Wii U GamePads to be supported in the future so that Nintendo can sell Wii U GamePads separately but most of all two player gaming with GamePad will be added for awesome Co-op / Multiplayer options, etc.
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28 Nov 2012 14:59

My first week has been a mixture of pure unfettered love and adoration, and extreme frustration.

Pure unfettered love:
-The GamePad is wonderful!
-Already has a good amount of games and a decent eShop line-up
-Those games are great for the most part, small technical issues aside. ZombiU, NSMBU, Nintendo land and Black Ops 2 are what I have so far and not only are they as polished and refined as I was hoping from launch titles but they all show a lot of the potential that the Wii U has to become a great system.
-Vastly improved online system, no friend codes, MiiVerse could end up changing things in amazing ways, Good eShop interface. All in all the online stuff is fantastic... when it works.

Extreme frustration
-Sometimes that online stuff don't work, for me at least. I haven't seen many people with this problem it feels like, but I am still having problems with anything that interacts online. I've tried everything to improve this but I'm starting to wonder if it is my system or maybe ISP or something. This all could just be launch bugs and stuff, it just really sucks that the system has all these great online features and I can't use them. Yet.
-Very little else actually, the 100 friend limit on the friend list should probably be raised, and I do wish they were more voice chat friendly. I haven't tried putting headphones into the GamePad, which supposedly enables the mic on the pad for voice chat, in which case is a fine consolation.
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Anonymous
28 Nov 2012 15:09

Overall I love it. I've experienced the lock/freeze issue about 6 times, which is extremely annoying. But other than that it's been a delight.
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28 Nov 2012 15:16

Gamers are a greedy, cynical, and whiny bunch!

This is by far the best system that Nintendo has EVER released. It's not only robust in every aspect, but Nintendo has given us every thing we have asked for! HD, online, no more friend codes, voice chat, video chat, all the main media services, great first party gems out of the gate, big third party support, an awesome web browser, multi tasking, backwards compatibility and to top it all off you can play not just on your TV but anywhere within about 25 feet of the Wii U looe the bathroom or the bed.

The update was relatively painless and after living with a PS3 for a few years it was expected. Sure I've had one or two hiccups such as the day of the update I couldn't get to Miiverse the first time I tried. Oh and one time the system froze on me after about 12 hours of continuous play. Have you ever played ANY game on the PS3? My Wii I has a lot of room before it catches Sonys machine on number of lock ups.

Half of these comments just make me want to start punching people in the face!

Ever since last Tuesday the 20th my machine has run flawless. It also seems like Miiverse and other apps are quicker to load. I have also fallen in love with this machine and it's launch lineup. IMHO Nintendo is doing all the right things, and this system should be receiving far more praise than its getting, I keep turning to the Internet expecting people to be happy with their new console and all I see is people griping over the smallest inconveniences. I guess that's the world we live in today, as if anyone here could make a better product than what Nintendo delivered.

" I wish the Gamepad could go outside. I want other first party games. Cross game chat isn't there. My game froze. It needs to have every third party game right now or it's doomed, the graphics don't suck, but they will in the futur."

Just makes me sick! You know I plan to get another system whenever they release too. But sheesh! The Wii U is an incredible package and it's not getting the credit it deserves. No wonder Reggie basically said you can't please gamers, cause that's what I'm seeing out here. Now play some awesome games, enjoy yourself as you hit up Miiverse, and everything else the console offers. Be SATISFIED or GTFO! Sell your system, give it to a friend, whatever, just stop eating the pie and then complaining about it, you're driving me crazy.
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28 Nov 2012 15:18

tekshow wrote:Gamers are a greedy, cynical, and whiny bunch!

This is by far the best system that Nintendo has EVER released. It's not only robust in every aspect, but Nintendo has given us every thing we have asked for! HD, online, no more friend codes, voice chat, video chat, all the main media services, great first party gems out of the gate, big third party support, an awesome web browser, multi tasking, backwards compatibility and to top it all off you can play not just on your TV but anywhere within about 25 feet of the Wii U looe the bathroom or the bed.

The update was relatively painless and after living with a PS3 for a few years it was expected. Sure I've had one or two hiccups such as the day of the update I couldn't get to Miiverse the first time I tried. Oh and one time the system froze on me after about 12 hours of continuous play. Have you ever played ANY game on the PS3? My Wii I has a lot of room before it catches Sonys machine on number of lock ups.

Half of these comments just make me want to start punching people in the face!

Ever since last Tuesday the 20th my machine has run flawless. It also seems like Miiverse and other apps are quicker to load. I have also fallen in love with this machine and it's launch lineup. IMHO Nintendo is doing all the right things, and this system should be receiving far more praise than its getting, I keep turning to the Internet expecting people to be happy with their new console and all I see is people griping over the smallest inconveniences. I guess that's the world we live in today, as if anyone here could make a better product than what Nintendo delivered.

" I wish the Gamepad could go outside. I want other first party games. Cross game chat isn't there. My game froze. It needs to have every third party game right now or it's doomed, the graphics don't suck, but they will in the futur."

Just makes me sick! You know I plan to get another system whenever they release too. But sheesh! The Wii U is an incredible package and it's not getting the credit it deserves. No wonder Reggie basically said you can't please gamers, cause that's what I'm seeing out here. Now play some awesome games, enjoy yourself as you hit up Miiverse, and everything else the console offers. Be SATISFIED or GTFO! Sell your system, give it to a friend, whatever, just stop eating the pie and then complaining about it, you're driving me crazy.

Lord have mercy.....
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28 Nov 2012 15:26

I think Nintendo purposely doesn't want folks lugging the console around because THAT'S WHAT THE 3DS IF FO!

However, I am able to continue Super Mario U on on all 3 floors of my house. But I gots thin walls.
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28 Nov 2012 16:23

The controller itself surprised me. It's applications in Nintendo land made it click for me. Yeah, I watched E3 and all the footage reels up to launch, but I didn't expect to actually be smitten with it.

Infact, that opinion was so ingrained into my mind that I was set on just getting a basic Wii U and Mario bros. U, but then I managed to find some Deluxe units at my gamestop two days after launch, so I grabbed it. And I am really glad I did. The only reason I would have wanted deluxe was the color of the hardware, but the cradle -- and moreso Nintendo land made it beyond worth it.

When you truly sit with Nintendo land with a few friends and play the lovingly crafted attractions, the uses of the gamepad become really clear. I'm also a sucker for the high score chasing and medals of the single player attractions, playing Donkey Kong's crash course reminded me of playing, well, Donkey Kong for hours on end just because it was fun. I am of the belief that Nintendo should still be making smaller games that capture hat same feeling.

The controller's user interface, community features (miiverse) and ability to play games entirely on the gamepad give me compelling reasons to buy 3rd party games on this platform over my Gaming PC. And that's how you know Nintendo really has something here.

I've always been of the belief that if a Nintendo system existed that had first party AND the good 3rd party, there is little reason to own anything else.
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28 Nov 2012 20:48

I just got mine today so I'll put 'em up real soon :D!!! I don't have an HDTV at the moment so it'll be strictly on Wii U/GamePad functionality :P.

Update (not that it matters, lol): Writing this from the browser. Gorgeous stuff so far. Every sound effects makes everything fun to do. One of the little things that make me love Nintendo :D!!
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28 Nov 2012 21:43

So far I'm not impressed. Is it all bad? No, there's some neat stuff. Miiverse is really good idea. Do you know what's the problem with it though? It's not a game. Much like its predecessor, Swapnote, it's really fun at first. Drawing pictures, exchanging messages..... It's great...... For awhile. Then I just want some damn good games.

Mario is a good game and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The music sucks and there's no good reason for me to be playing on the game pad but it's still a great Mario. But eventually I'll be done with Mario and what does that leave me with?

Nintendoland? For a long time I've claimed that Nintendoland is nothing more than a bunch of gussied up tech demos. Do I still feel this way now that I've actually played it. Yep. I really gave it a shot, even made sure to get a group of people together to play it in its intended state. In the end it amounts to a bunch of worthless carnival fare, sugary junk food that is fun when you're at the fair but has no redeeming qualities and should never be consumed on a day to day basis. To an extent this is ok. Like Wii Sports, Nintendoland was created to show what the controller can do, not to be a deep, satisfying game experience. Perhaps I'm alone in saying this however, but Nintendoland did not succeed in this goal. So far I'm not convinced the Wii U game pad is any kind of gaming revolution, the next industry standard Nintendo hopes it to be, or something I should even want to play games with.

Due to what seems to be a lack of technical prowess and (beating a dead horse) system-wide achievements, Nintendo has ensured that, for the time being, Wii U will not be where I enjoy mulitplatform titles. The good news is that this can still change. Perhaps the first handful of launch day ports are truly the result of devs rushing to make launch. A proper achievement systems can always be added much as trophies were added to the PS3, and it can all come together better in time. But for right now Wii U strikes me as a system that was not ready for prime time. Nintendo was 6 years late to the HD party and they still couldn't manage to bring their A game.

I can't sit here and enjoy seeing my favorite team flounder, but like a true fan I'll always be rooting for Nintendo.
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29 Nov 2012 06:12

NF wrote:Oh, the tilt feature for scrolling is nice! It's especially good for long pages (like comments...just go to wiiudaily.com to see what I mean :) ).

What tilting feature are you talking about? o.O I didn't know about that thing with pushing the right analog stick, and I also just figured that pushing the left analog stick also does something. :D I'm typing this on the GamePad too. :)
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29 Nov 2012 06:37

I had absolutely no intentions to buy a Wii U until a first party "killer-app" came out (3D Mario, Zelda, Metroid, a Retro Studios game, etc.). However, having to stare at the console every day at work (GameStop) and hearing my co-workers talk about it non-stop finally took it's toll on me. I went and picked up a Deluxe Bundle...

I couldn't be happier. It really is a fantastic system. It's the little things that have really impressed me. The TV in my gaming room is somewhat of a hassle for me because I have no remote to change inputs or volume since it has been virtually impossible to sync my DirecTV remote with. With the Wii U, all I had to do was enter the brand names for my TV and Satellite Box and BAM! They were synced. Now the GamePad is my universal remote in that room. Awesome.

I always thought Miiverse was yet another one of those weird Nintendo ideas of how to work around adding a simple feature (in this case, replacing cross-game chat which I still really want). It just looked so stupid... But once you use it, it just clicks. It's surprisingly addicting, and quite fun. The browser is surprisingly good, especially considering how crappy every other Nintendo system's browsers have been. eShop is very clean and easy to use, and how up-to-date it is compared to Xbox's Games On Demand is great. Let's hope they can keep that up.

As for the actual gameplay, as of now I only own NintendoLand and Trine 2. Trine 2 is GORGEOUS. I mean, WOW. Fantastic game. Nintendo Land... I've been playing it, and it's been a novelty. Pretty fun, but none of the games will satisfy your gaming hunger. The art style is fantastic, except a few bland looking games (the Yoshi, F-Zero, and DK games). So yeah... I've only sort-of enjoyed Nintendo Land; until today. Today was the first time I played Nintendo Land's multiplayer. Let me say that you haven't played Nintendo Land until you've played it with 3-5 people. It is SO much fun. Mario Chase has to be the most simple concept, but you won't find very many more fun mini-games ANYWHERE in video games (in my opinion, at least). My girlfriend, little brothers, and I were screaming and hollering, having an amazing time with the entire game. Seriously, if you're writing off that game without giving multiplayer a try... you're really missing out.

I've made it very clear that I'm not a big fan of the New Super Mario Bros series, considering how lazy the series has been, especially by Nintendo standards. But I plan on getting the game tomorrow after my finals. I mean, it's largely based off of Super Mario World, which is one of my favorite games of all-time. I need to try it out, and since I have been so pleasantly surprised with the Wii U, who's to say I won't be with NSMBU as well. After that, we'll see how I'm feeling about ZombiU, which is the only other game I'm even remotely interested in. All of the other games I have on the 360 (Assassin's Creed 3, BLOPS 2, Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2), and I don't see any of the Wii U versions being reasons to double-dip.

So yes. As of now, VERY happy with my Wii U. Really hope Nintendo's first party games deliver, and that once Microsoft's and Sony's new systems are out, they can keep up a healthy amount of third party support as well.

Oh... and BYE BYE FRIEND CODES. Welcome Nintendo Network, we've been waiting for you. <3
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03 Dec 2012 22:15

The browser is really good and smartly designed. Miiverse is awesome and I've found myself with tears of laughter reading many of the posts(Rabbids Land forum).

The OS is horrible. Many times you click back and it will exit you to the wii menu unintentionally. This takes 20 seconds, then another twenty to get back into miiverse or whatever you were in. Some programs have no exit button on the other hand and you have to use the home button to exit. It freezes all the time in nintendo programs and third party. At which point you have to go and unplug the wii u, as there is no hard power down feature. There is no reset button either. Every game begins with a twenty second load screen. There is no commonality between the programs so you have to learn each programs buttons and interface. There is no direction given for how to use any of the menu level programs. It took me an hour of loading screens to figure out how add a friend. I still haven't figured out how to message one of my friends. If you click on him in the friends list it only allows you to view the miiverse profile, not send a message from your friends list. To message a friend that already has messaged you requires a bunch of clicks and loading screens. If you call someone on Wii Chat it takes them about thirty seconds to load up the program to chat with you, by this time you have hung up in frustration. However once you are connected the quality of the feed is very good and nintendo actually put in a good quality camera. The graphics are pretty underwhelming for a 2012 system, it would have been nice if Nintendo made one big game like zelda to show off the power of the system for launch instead of a couple of quick, low budget games. I don't feel it is worth the three hundred dollars they are asking. With another six months or so of programming it could be good. But it definitely feels in beta right now.
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04 Dec 2012 00:09

I'm really enjoying the web browser. It's the best one they've done so far. It's a little curious that they don't allow you to save images to your hard drive, like on the 3DS. But I guess that's probably because they don't have any kind of photo gallery app, either... Maybe that will come later. Other than that, it's a nice, fast browser and the tabs really help to make it a much better experience. I haven't used my old laptop for web browsing since I got the Wii U.

I feel like they totally gimped system transfer, because 1. you have to transfer EVERYTHING. and 2. If you transfer, all Internet functionality will be removed from all of your games?! I have hundreds of dollars of virtual console games on my wii that I want to transfer, but what if I want to visit someone's animal crossing village (or vice versa) or send a message to one of my 90+ registered wii friends? It feels like they are totally screwing over consumers in order to prevent any kind of hacking - rather than just fixing all the gaping holes (via coding fixes) that they had on Wii.

scribblenauts is a lot of fun as a sandbox, but the puzzle game elements are a bit mediocre. also, i wish i could install the game on my HD and then not need the disc. i didn't know there was a downloadable version available, which is the only reason i bought the disc. they should really enable disc installs into Wii U and external HD.

there aren't really any games yet that i'm all that excited about or that make me want to play them every day, but that's just me. A lot of people love the new mario game or zombie u. so there's at least something for most people.
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04 Dec 2012 00:23

one more thing - if we buy a virtual console game, we should be able to play that game on all the nintendo systems we own (wii, wii u, and 3DS) without having to buy the same game two or three times. And all of the Wii content we transfer over needs to be on the Wii U menu instead of being in some hidden Wii area. If they start adding all those virtual console games from Wii to a new Wii U virtual console again, but the only way we can have them on our Wii U menu is to repurchase them, that will be really annoying.

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