The Good An included tablet-style GamePad can play games when the TV is in use; Nintendo has a core library of awesome exclusive titles; works with older Wii games and accessories; very kid-friendly. Access to a vault of your childhood classics. Off-TV play is great.
The Bad Can't play DVDs or Blu-rays; lacks a lot of third-party games available on Xbox or PlayStation; GamePad wireless range and battery life are too short; Wii U and 3DS handheld don't share games.
The Bottom Line The Wii U is good for Nintendo lovers and great for families, but hold out for the Switch, the Wii U's imminent successor.
A great game system for kids, but its successor is on the horizon
The video game titans have been busy of late, announcing and introducing a slew of new and upgraded systems. In August, Microsoft introduced its Xbox One S, a thinner version of the Xbox One ($399.00 at Amazon.com), and announced Project Scorpio -- an Xbox on steroids, scheduled for release in 2017. In September, Sony slimmed down its PlayStation 4 ($649.99 at Amazon.com) and introduced the forthcoming PlayStation 4 Pro, which supports 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) gaming. And in November, Nintendo will begin selling its , a miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System with 30 games built in.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has officially unveiled its next big game console. Theis a tablet, a home console and a portable multiplayer tabletop hybrid.
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The long-awaited Nintendo Switch Online is coming September
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Nintendo's killing its first mobile app just 2 years after launch
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Nintendo Switch tops US gaming systems for holiday shoppers
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Nintendo Labo lets you build Switch accessories out of cardboard
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Dark Souls, Mario Tennis and more coming to the Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon Go is launching in China, but the Chinese don’t care
Almost 18 months after its launch, Niantic told the Financial Times it will bring Pokemon Go to China, although it’s still unclear when the tiny monsters will be seen running on Chinese streets.
What to play this weekend: Okami HD, PUBG for Xbox and Oddworld
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What to play this weekend: Hat in Time, PUBG and Zelda DLC
The year's almost over, but there's still a ton to play.