The Nin­tendo Wii U is a mis­un­der­stood gem in need of res­cue from the al­ba­tross of sales fig­ures

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

With all of the razzmatazz of the PS4, Xbox One and Steam Ma­chine launches still ring­ing in your ears, you’d be for­given for for­get­ting that there’s a fourth next-gen gam­ing op­tion in the mix – one that’s laden with must-play games, too.

Nin­tendo’s much-ma­ligned Wii U has been in stores over a year now and de­spite self­per­pet­u­at­ing neg­a­tiv­ity based on commercial barom­e­ters, rather than cre­ative ones, there’s never been a bet­ter time to pick one up. Be­fore you snort in de­ri­sion, let’s take stock.

Okay, such has been the neg­a­tive press that even people who don’t know what a Wii U is know that it hasn’t sold well. But as a con­sumer, this can ac­tu­ally be a good thing.

Firstly, a need to com­pete has made the Wii U much cheaper than its ri­vals – less than half the price of the com­pe­ti­tion, in fact. Sec­ondly, the PS4, Xbox One and SteamOS boast small, dis­tinctly hit and miss line-ups, while the Wii U has a raft of great ex­clu­sives, from Su­per Mario 3D World to The Won­der­ful 101, Pik­min 3, Zombi U, Lego City Un­der­cover and The Leg­end Of Zelda: Wind Waker. That’s be­fore you men­tion must-play rein­ven­tions such as Ray­man Leg­ends and Need for Speed.

Best of all, af­ter a tricky learn­ing process for de­vel­op­ers, the Wii U is now well into its stride, with the likes of Bay­o­netta 2, Don­key Kong Coun­try Trop­i­cal Freeze and Smash Bros fi­nally reach­ing fruition af­ter long ges­ta­tions.

Nin­tendo, as a com­pany, sits atop a large moun­tain of cash, so any re­ports of it get­ting out of hard­ware are fan­ci­ful. And even if the Wii U is set to be­come one of those con­soles that the pub­lic just didn’t get, it’s in good com­pany. Be­fore-their-time odd­i­ties from the Dream­cast to the GameCube are still talked about to­day for one rea­son: they were great. Best-sell­ing does not al­ways mean best.

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