The Daily Five: Reasons to Buy a Wii U by the End of 2013
The Wii U isn’t doing so hot. The last quarter’s sales for Nintendo’s latest were some of the worst in a long time for any console in recent memory. Even the PlayStation Vita never did this bad, and the Vita is a handheld that costs almost as much as a Wii U before you can get any real use out of it.
Nintendo’s in a bad way with the Wii U, so they’ll have to convince gamers that now’s the time to jump in. And it kind of is! If you squint hard enough, I mean.
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A Price Drop is Coming
Alright, so maybe you shouldn’t go out to buy a Wii U right this second. $350 for a Deluxe model — and it’s increasingly toxic to retailers — looks downright silly as Sony prepares to sell PS4s for just $50 more. A drastic price cut turned the 3DS around virtually overnight; doing the same for the Wii U before its biggest games begin to release later this year would be just what the doctor ordered.
Great Games Are On the Way…
It’s hard to go wrong with any game in which Shigeru Miyamoto is directly involved, and reviews suggest that Pikmin 3 continues that trend. September will see the release of Rayman Legends and The Wonderful 101. October brings The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is out in November, Super Mario 3D World will most likely charm your pants off come December. That’s hardly a weak release schedule.
…And There Are Games Out Now to Tide You Over
There’s no denying that early adopters have been through a hell of a release drought, with only a small handful of worthwhile games available. If you were to buy in now, though, those games would be more than plenty. New Super Mario Bros. U and its New Super Luigi U DLC are excellent platformers, LEGO City Undercover is woefully underrated, and as an upscaled 3DS port Resident Evil: Revelations is right at home on the Wii U. And let’s not forget that EarthBound on Virtual Console provides dozens of hours of humorous fun for a mere $10.
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