What's The Wii U Like To Play?

The Nintendo Wii was the must-have item of 2006. I don't remember seeing a shopping trolley go by without one in it whenever I visited my local shopping precinct. Following up on the Wii was always going to be tough, but Nintendo is giving it a crack with the Wii U. So, what's it like to play?

An early dev unit came into the office for Mark at Kotaku last week, and I approached it like with thinly veiled skepticism. Why should I care about just another console cash-grab? As it turns out, the Wii U is something I really should be caring about.

Nintendo are great at making a party console. The Wii was fantastic at entertaining a group of your friends you had around for a weekend barbecue. The Wii U is just as good.

We played a bit of Luigi's Mansion in the making of this video, and hands-down, that's some of the most fun I have had with a video game in the last 12 months.

Watch the video to see the Wii U in action. [Kotaku Australia]


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    Played it at my mates house and as a party console it's awesome! I particularly liked Mario Chase(if that's what it's called)

    be interesting to see what single player is like

    3 of my housemates have already bought it. I have had a play through multiplayer ZombieU and The Nintendoland games and it is definitely a lot of fun!

    I have a feeling it would be a lot like the Wii - Awesome fun at first, but the novelty wears off and then the device ends up sitting on your entertainment unit gathering dust.

      yes, unless they can release must-have exclusives on a regular basis, this will undoubtedly be the situation.

      So long as awesome games keep coming out it's all good!

    I will consider it if they constantly release the high end games and not nintendo exclusive games.

    I think they will be able to keep some of the high end games due to the fact of having two thumb sticks. That seemed to be the issue with the Wii, while the PS3 and Xbox could have cross platform games the Wii was left behind also with its lack of High Definition. I am hoping that Nintendo can learn from their mistakes and make this a good console that can last like the PS3 and Xbox.

    I really enjoy the system.

    It is slow to load up basic stuff but hopefully that can be fixed with some patches (since seems to be software based).

    The controller is the most comfortable one I have held since the GameCube one (which I still declare as the current pinnacle of controller designs in terms of comfort and useability).

    Am hoping that the eShop gets some good titles for Oz. A bit miffed that we have to wait for Trine 2 and such.

    Now, BRING ON RAYMAN LEGENDS! and I'll be a happy gamer for the moment. :)

    I've had mine for about a week now, and so far it's great, specially Miiverse. If Nintendo delivers on the promise of web and phone support, it is going to be the reason people will want to buy it, I assure you. Now, off to Miiverse to talk in the Netflix thread, see U guys there :)

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