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Wii U review update and discussion

JonLester |  Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:40

"Where's the Wii U review, Jon?"

I know, I know. Sadly, due to the tardy delivery of an online retailer (whose name rhymes with "The Butt"), I'm only now able to crack on. Expect it later this week.

So, anyway: is there anything you want to know? I can address questions directly or integrate them into the review. Or both.

If you got your Wii U on time, how're you getting on with it?


Pro tip: It looks like you can download the firmware update in the background while playing something else, so long as you opt out of the download using the onscreen prompt before it begins (DO NOT TURN OFF THE CONSOLE OR DISCONNECT IT WHILE UPDATING, SERIOUSLY, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT). You can than install once finished. I have no idea why Nintendo didn't mention this in any of the documentation.

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Late  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:03

Mainly interested in lan/splitscreen multiplayer, and how (whether) asymmetrical gaming works.

For instance, can you realistically play a competitive FPS with one person on the tv and one using the gamepad? Do you have to stay in the same room as the console? (If so I'd imagine most people on the gamepad will be able to work out their enemy's location just by flicking their eyes up to the telly for a second...)

JonLester  Dec. 3, 2012 at 13:59

@Late: I'll look to discuss the asymmetrical mp concept in the review, though it will differ on a game by game basis. Most developers are still wrapping their brain around it.

Re screen peeking: I fear that this will always be an issue with local multiplayer, though it's harder to do when youre not sharing a screen. Most launch games are actually presenting the gamepad player with different info and giving them a different gameplay role compared to the other players (such as deploying blocks in NSMBU or being a zombie general in ZombiU), making screen peeking fairly redundant.

dj_urban  Dec. 3, 2012 at 18:33

Still a bit skeptical over the wii u, Look forward to the review

Especially looking forward to a decent Lego City Heroes review that game tickles my fancy :)

BetterThanLife  Dec. 3, 2012 at 18:57

If you have to have one game, what is it? With the Wii it was easy. Wii Sports (and to a lesser extent, Wii Play) was the only game you needed really. But NintendoLand looks more like a tech demo than anything else. How reliable is the online stuff and platform netcode in general?

JonLester  Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:34

If you have to have one game, what is it?

Oh gawd. This is the devil's question with the Wii U, basically as you've said, because it lacks a proper pack-in.

Nintendo Land, for all of its fun minigames, is absolutely not worth £50. Which basically leaves NSMBU and ZombiU, both of which are actually excellent, but cater for totally different players.

I guess it'd have to be NSMBU for me - it may feel a bit familiar at times, but it's still fantastic fun and features plenty of fresh new gameplay ideas. If you can find a decent bundle deal for NSMBU and Nintendo Land/ZombiU than that'll be the way to go.

I strongly suspect that The Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends will become killer apps, judging from what I've played and seen. If I were a cynical man, I'd even suggest that Ubisoft pushed back Rayman Legends because it would crush everything else in the launch window - their own games included.

How reliable is the online stuff and platform netcode in general?

Reasonable, though Nintendo's update and eShop servers are clearly not up and running at full capacity yet. The firmware update takes an hour plus (1hr 30 for most people) to download despite only being 1GB in size, while title updates can take 2-5 mins.

Last edited by JonLester, Dec. 4, 2012 at 17:12


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