Nintendo has caused quite a stir with the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch, their newest console being released in March of 2017. With the newest console coming out so soon, what will happen with the Wii U? Check out this article for more information about what is going to happen with the Wii U.
The Wii U
The Wii U was released in late 2012 and was meant to compete with the Xbox One and the PS4 (although it really didn’t offer much competition). Its controller was actually the gamepad, which honestly felt clunky, to me at least. This was Nintendo’s first console to offer support for HD graphics and is also backwards compatible with old Wii hardware, so you could use the older controllers on the newer console. The really good thing about the Wii U was the price was considerably less money than it’s two other competitors, so someone who wasn’t a real hardcore gamer could get the newest generation at a more affordable price.
One thing I wish the Wii U had, that would have seriously drawn me in, would be if it were compatible with old Nintendo games like Mario or the numerous awesome games for the Gamecube. Nintendo is such a nostalgic gaming company, and there are times I wish they would include their roots in their consoles (I will talk about the Switch later on in this article). On that same hand, they did release old titles digitally for the Wii U, but I still have all my old, nostalgic games, so it would have been nice to play those titles without having to purchase them again.
The Wii U has generally positive reviews but has not been a big seller for Nintendo. In fact, Nintendo has said that they think the Wii U will be remembered fondly like the Gamecube, both of which weren’t great sellers.
The Future of The Wii U
With the upcoming release of the Switch, what will end up happening to the Wii U?
Basically, the Switch is Nintendo‘s next generation console, so it will be replacing the Wii and the Wii U, like the PS4 and Xbox One replaced the PS3 and Xbox 360. The CEO of Nintendo has said the last game that will be released for the Wii U will be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind. That game actually launches on March 3, and after that, there will be no more releases for the Wii U. After that, the Wii U will be retired to make way for the new Switch.
So with that in mind, what does that mean for the cost of the Wii U? Let’s look into it.
Will the Wii U Have a Price Drop?
With the Wii U’s upcoming retirement, the simple answer is yes, the Wii U will have a price drop. Stores will want to clear their Wii U inventory to make room for the new Switch, which seems like (so far at least with the way pre-orders are looking) it will be a big seller. Let’s check out some current prices for the Wii U:
These prices are from GameStop:
- You can get a new basic 8 GB Wii U Skylanders Edition for 172.97
- You can get a new Mario Kart 8 32 GB Wii U Deluxe Edition for $299.99 (can be found here)
- You can get a pre-owned 32 GB Wii U for $249.99 (can be found here)
- You can get a pre-owned 32 GB Wii U Blast From the Past bundle for $289.99 (can be found here)
Surprisingly enough Best Buy does not seem to carry the Wii U consoles anymore, so if you are someone who wants to buy a console in person (instead of buying online), then GameStop will be your best bet to check out. Some people don’t like GameStop because they feel ripped off, but I have never had that problem. I will say I do go to my local GameStop a lot and they know me by now, so they always give me the best prices and options. I do have the Pro membership with them, so I get 20% off pre-owned stuff, and it was only $14 and has already paid for itself in the savings I have gotten.
These prices will more than likely drop after or during March when the new Switch is released. It’s hard to say how much the price will drop, the only thing for sure is the price will drop. The price drop will ultimately be set by the stores as opposed to Nintendo themselves, who have already ceased production on the Wii U. GameStop has already offered deals where you can trade in your Wii or Wii U systems and you can get extra money to go towards a pre-order for a new Switch. After the Switch is finally released then you might be able to get a Wii U for what seems like a steal since they’ll be wanting to clear out their inventory.
The Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is extremely hyped right now, but will it be a good replacement for the Wii U?
The Switch will start at $299.99, which you can check out from Nintendo’s website here.
The Switch is supposed to be everything the Wii U was meant to be. The console has a docking station where the console connects to your TV, but if you need to go then you can simply take the device with you. The console itself features a 6-inch touchscreen and has removable controllers (called Joy-Cons) along the side (when in the dock these can be combined to create a controller, like in the picture above). The game cartridges are inserted directly into the console, so when you go to leave the game in the actual device, you aren’t streaming your game.
Nintendo says that the battery life should last about 6 hours, but from my experience companies often over exaggerate the battery life, so it is probably shorter than that. It does have 32 available GB of internal memory, and you will be able to add more memory with a Micro SD card. Like I said before, the screen is a touchscreen, but I don’t know if you can use that while playing a game.
Oddly enough, Nintendo hasn’t released anything about potential apps and entertainment so I don’t know what else the Switch can do, but hopefully there will be a Netflix app.
What Will Come in the Box?
These items are included directly in the box:
- The Switch console
- Switch dock
- 2 Joy-Con controllers (1 left, 1 right) that go on either side of the console
- Joy-Con grip
- Joy-Con wrist straps
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter
When you buy the switch you will need to get a game or two since no games come with the device.
Games for the Nintendo Switch
Here are some of the many titles that will be released for the Switch:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
- Splatoon 2
- Sonic Mania
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
- Lego City Undercover
Keep in mind there will be many other games released as well, these are just a few of the more interesting releases. I am most excited for Skyrim, I am hoping that this works well with this console. There aren’t going to be many games available at the launch of the Switch, which Nintendo has done intentionally because they are wanting to spread out what is released.
I know this isn’t super popular among other gamers, but I am really hoping that they release Fallout for the Switch because Bethesda has actually partnered up with Nintendo (hence Skyrim being on the Switch). So why should you care? Because that means that some of the more popular games and companies might actually want to add really great console games to the Switch, making our favorite games portable. Here are some other partnerships with Nintendo besides Bethesda:
- Square Enix
- Warner Brothers
- Telltale Games
- And many others
This list will probably grow, depending on how well the Switch does. If the Switch is everything it is hyped to be, then more companies will want to join in on that money being made.
While the Switch will be family friendly, it will also finally cater to adults. Nintendo has seemingly forgotten about its adult clientele, only really focusing on family friendly games. Which, is good, but sometimes adults want to play something a little more violent or intense than Pokemon or Mario. In the first trailer for the Switch, not a single kid could be seen in the commercial. It was only adults playing the Switch, which made people my age pay attention to Nintendo for the first time in a long time. Yes, I know plenty of adults play Nintendo. What I’m meaning is that the games released won’t just be for young people. Skyrim is most certainly not a kid friendly game, which opens the door for other adult-friendly games.