Over the past two weeks, we've seen the launch of two next-gen consoles and both are doing incredibly well already. We tend to forget, however, that Nintendo ushered in the next generation of game consoles, but not necessarily hardware, last year with the Wii U. It's not doing so well though, but Nintendo thinks it has what it takes to be a big seller this holiday season.
Just in time for the holidays, Nintendo has released a Christmas-themed infographic detailing all the reasons why you should buy a Wii U over the PS4 or Xbox One this holiday season. It makes some compelling arguments, but like always, you need to look at your own specific needs and what the Wii U offers before making a final decision.
First and foremost, Nintendo thinks it has the competition beat on games and price. For $299.99, you can get a Wii U Deluxe and copies of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Both games are good 2D platformers, but their value is measured by how much your family likes old-school, often challenging platformers. For the families with children that have other interests, you can pick up either the Skylanders Swap Force Wii U bundle or the Wind Waker HD bundle.
For games not bundled in with the hardware, Nintendo definitely has the competition beat. Just last week, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U and gave pretty much everybody a reason to own the console. It's easily the best Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy 2, and it should appeal to mostly everybody.
Aside from Mario, Nintendo notes that it has a number of other big titles that should appeal to families and gamers alike, like Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U. While not mentioned, LEGO City Undercover is another good game that families and fans of LEGO games will enjoy.
When non-gaming features are considered, the Wii U becomes a much harder sell. It can essentially take over your TV with Nintendo TVii, but Microsoft's Xbox One does the same thing much better. The Wii U also has a few streaming apps, like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video, but the PS4 and Xbox One have far more.
In short, the Wii U is a game machine, much like the Wii before it. If you want great Nintendo games that you can play with friends and family, the Wii U might just be the machine for you. If you want better multimedia features and the promise of true next-gen titles in the future, the PS4 and Xbox One might be more up your alley.
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