OPINION – I’ve had many interests over the years. I’m the mechanical engineer that chose to fill his college electives with various economics classes. As a kid, I was a nerd with a microscope who also loved to play basketball, go rappelling, and do some early morning fishing. A little over a year ago I stumbled into a side job of sports writing which periodically got me invited to join the evening sports talk radio show. As a part-time sports writer, I couldn’t keep myself from taking on the occasional article on politics.
I’ve now been asked by St George News to jump into the action every other Tuesday, starting Christmas Day, by chiming in with my point of view on a wide variety of topics. In this, my introductuory column, with Christmas on the horizon and everyone running around trying to find presents for their loved ones, I thought I’d try to help out by discussing a potential gift that many kids desire: Wii U.
One of my many interests has been video games. At a young age I picked up an interest in video games. However, my family was never in a position to buy the best or newest option available and I always had to wait for significant price cuts before I had any hope of getting these grand toys.
Just over a month ago, Nintendo released Wii U, the newest video game console on the market. For the first time in my life, I was in a position where I could jump in and be one of the first owners of this new toy.
It certainly wasn’t out of necessity that I waited in line for the midnight release. I’m a grown man, my kids are too young to really know the difference – plus I already own a Playstation 3 and the original Wii. However, I waited there all the same, anxious to receive and try out this brand new piece of modern technology.
Having now owned the Wii U for just over a month, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the system with anyone considering placing one under their Christmas tree.
Nintendo’s newest console is not for everybody! However, it’s a great fit for me and my family. Here’s why:
This is my favorite feature of the Wii U. In many of the multiplayer games there is more than one role to play. This is facilitated by their new touchscreen controller called the GamePad. The GamePad is a controller with all the expected buttons, two analog control sticks and a 6.2 inch touchscreen in the center. In some of the games the player with the GamePad has the most challenging role, while in other games the player with the GamePad has the easiest role. There are other times when the player with the Gamepad plays against everyone else in the group. This asymmetric gaming allows families to set up the play so that every member of the family can jump in and play regardless of their skill level.
Great multiplayer games
There is already a good selection of multiplayer games; in fact, if you’re willing to spend a little more money, the Wii U Deluxe Edition comes with the best multiplayer game of the bunch: Nintendo Land. All six of the games I purchased are fun to play with other people, and you can rest assured that there will be plenty of fun multiplayer games that will come out in the future.
We loved our Wii
The Wii U is the perfect next step for families that own and have enjoyed the Wii. This is partially because the system, although much better than the Wii, is similar to the Wii. Also, the Wii U uses the Wii controllers you can just use the four controllers you already have for your Wii to play the Wii U with up to five players. The Wii U is also backwards compatible with the Wii games so even if you sell your old Wii you can still pull out your favorite Wii games to enjoy.
Many of the Wii U games allow you to play using just the Gamepad screen. This allows you to have one person watch their favorite show or movie on TV, while another person plays video games using just the Gamepad.
My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our Wii U and I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about it, just leave them in the comments section below or email me.
Leo Wright is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his own and not representative of St. George News.
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