Even after three years of its release, it has been holding the third place in the list of top ten gaming consoles till date. Although it has been lagging behind PS4 and Xbox, still it has shown good performance and has been able to hold its position of third ranking. The Wii U console is almost similar to its predecessor. It is a bit longer with 10.6 inches of length, with rounded edges.
The hardware of the Wii U is quite compact and unobtrusive. Its’ fan makes a little bit of noise when you power it by using the Wii U pad, however, the level of noise created by its fan is similar to that of produced from a Blu-ray player or set-top boxes. It possesses GamePad controller which is touch-based. It has a sliding volume controller that maintains the volume of GamePad’s speakers. The Home Button is available which allows a quick access towards the settings of the GamePad and to the main menu of the console. It also has a red battery light which indicates when there is a need to charge, it starts blinking when it is about to die so as to warn the players.
Being a small sized console, the Wii U is performing well in the factor of connectivity. It has two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI output, and AV Multi Out port. It also has two more USB 2.0 ports and a slot for SD memory card which is present behind a flap in the front.
These USB ports are very much useful as the base level of Wii U still comes with 8 GB of built-in storage which does not allow playing some of the recent games. Even though the Premium Model is coming with 32 GB but due to increasing number of games, this 32 GB memory will also become obsolete in coming days.
The Pad of the Wii U has been an odd selling point since its launch. Its’ pad comes with a 6.2-inch touch screen; the resolution is 854 X 480 pixels and gives a feel of plastic on holding. Few games have been able to make full use of its pad which comprises of accelerometers, a camera that is front facing as well as gyroscopic controls.
The GamePad provides the biggest advantage in the form of remote play. There has been degradation in resolution from the level of 720p to 480p which is quite noticeable. While the experience of playing Wii U games is much brilliant on the pad as compared to playing on the TV.
Pros and Cons
It is a unique GamePad which allows playing games when TV is in function. Nintendo possesses a wonderful library having many exclusive titles. It works brilliantly with older Wii games as well as accessories. It is very much kid friendly. One of its limitation is you cannot play DVDs or Blu-Rays and lacks a large number of third party games which are available for PlayStation or Xbox.