One month with the Wii U

So, as you’ll remember, I was eagerly anticipating the launch of the Wii U. So much so that I was first in line on launch day.

It’s been just over a month now with the Wii U, and can I just say… I love it. I am extremely happy that I didn’t wait on this purchase or for a campaign opportunity to eventually pop up.


And in this short time, I’m sort of surprised at my growing game collection. I already have 7 games. Nintendo Land came with the deluxe edition, and I purchased New Super Mario Bros. U on launch day. My friends at Nintendo sent me ZombiU. Ubisoft, via Clevergirls, sent me Just Dance 4, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth, and Assassin’s Creed III. And I won a copy of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney, via

Now, I haven’t had much time to go through all the game yet… Right now I’m still working my way through NSMBU, and using Just Dance 4 for exercise and stress relief. After the holidays (and a quick winter tour on the east coast), I’ll explore the other games. I’m also looking forward to testing out the Wii U video chat with Jenn (or really, our cats will test it out)—something that I think could open the doors for a partnership with Skype. I have really enjoyed exploring the Miiverse—it’s a great way to chat with other players and get a feel for games prior to purchasing, and seeing the posts show up on the NSMBU maps is a lot of fun.

One big thing I didn’t necessarily expect was just how much my Wii U became the center for all entertainment. My TV remote? Packed away. I don’t use it any more. I can control everything from my GamePad. And now that Nintendo TVii is live, I could control my cable as well—if I actually had a cable subscription. This is one thing I brought up with the Nintendo of America representative who called me yesterday. Hopefully, we’ll see an option to not select a cable package. What this will do is let those of us with just Netflix and Hulu+ to integrate those two services into one menu. How awesome is that?! It also links Amazon Video too, so YAY MOVIES! (Now, it already integrates all these things into one menu, but since I don’t have cable, all those things I don’t actually have are in there too…)

Is the Wii U revolutionary? Maybe not. But is it completely awesome? YES. I sort of wish I could do more with my GamePad.

I think there is a lot of potential in this system. The possibility for apps—things that go beyond gaming—is just endless. Skype is just one. We already have YouTube (aka: CAT VIDEOS ON BIG SCREEN!)… Who knows, maybe an outside network email and an IM feature could be down the road. If the NFL ever wanted to partner with them to offer a subscription package? Sign me up!

So far it’s blended in almost seamlessly in my life, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the system progresses. And I absolutely cannot wait for game nights so I can explore multiplayer features… though the biggest thing will be, who gets the GamePad? (Yes, it will turn out like this.)

You can read more about Nintendo TVii and how Nintendo thinks it’s going to change how we think about television at Reggie Asks.

You can also read another 1-month review from my friend TOPolk.