Nintendo Wii U

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Ecosystem 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Value 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Design
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7
Ecosystem
6
7
8
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9
Features
7
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9
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Performance
7
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7
9
8
Value
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9
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7

Review

​A great game system for kids, but its successor is on the horizon


Late 2016 update

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 ($288.52 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 NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System with 30 games built in.

Meanwhile, Nintendo has officially unveiled its next big game console. The Nintendo Switch is a tablet, a home console and a portable multiplayer tabletop hybrid.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Nintendo
  • Name Nintendo Wii U
  • Games Included Super Luigi U, Super Mario Bros. U
  • Color black
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