History Behind Wii U Purchase
The Wii U is somewhat of a weird system for me. For years, I believed that the original Wii would be the last Nintendo home console that I would buy as I moved onto the next chapter of my life. Furthermore, after the Wii U was officially announced, I definitely cannot say that I was dying to get one.
As we got closer to the Wii U release, I kept telling people that I was unsure if I would get one or not. It was interesting, yet it did not seem to be compelling enough. Nevertheless, after Nintendo announced on September 13, 2012 that you could reserve Wii U at GameStop, I decided to run out that evening and reserve one -- just in case. I figured that I could sell it on eBay if I really did not want it. Of course, let's not kid ourselves: I wanted it. What Nintendo fanboy has not dreamt of playing Mario and Zelda in HD?
On the afternoon of November 18, 2012, I walked into GameStop and picked up my reserved Wii U Deluxe Set (black) for $349.99. I also purchased New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU on launch day. No crazy stories this time.
Unfortunately, my foray into Wii U has been disappointing. Although the asymmetrical gameplay idea and Off-TV Play had potential, they were not realized to their fullest. In fact, I would say that Nintendo botched the Wii U worse than anything other than Virtual Boy.
After Nintendo's past several generations of home consoles, it's clear that they need to get out of this business. Their hardware continues to be underpowered, and it could take another 20 years until Nintendo has a different innovation that sets the world on fire. There's just too much technology-wise going on within the PC market and mobile space for the traditional Nintendo hardware cycle to remain relevant.
Personally, the only reason that I own a Wii U is that I'm a Nintendo fanboy, and I relish the thoughts of playing Nintendo properties in HD for the first. Yet Nintendo has given us "more of the same" with early Mario and Zelda titles on Wii U that look like they could have been done on Wii. Maybe late-cycle Mario and Zelda games or something unexpected will set the world on fire, but I won't hold my breath.
I am officially a Nintendo retro gamer now.