In the current console war that’s emerging between the new Xbox One and Playstation 4 many people have seemed to forget about Nintendo’s next generation console the Wii U. Released last year, the Wii U featured the same infectious motion sensing action in an updated package which included a controller-come-tablet which allowed for gaming even after someone else wanted to use the television. Even though Nintendo have had almost a year on the Sony and Microsoft offerings things were not looking too good for the Japanese gaming giants.
On the release the Wii U didn’t sell as well as expected. The original Wii was a massive success with families all across the globe and sold over 99.84 million consoles since the release in 2006. The Wii U on the other hand had a slow start with only just over 3 million sales since the release in the end of 2012. With the up and coming competition with their big rivals just around the corner, Nintendo have decided to give the Wii U a new lease of life to help it stand up to the competition of the other big names as well as indie offerings such as the £99 Ouya.
One of the biggest issues with the Nintendo console is the lack of power for running the games. This has lead to massive loading times and large periods where you can be left waiting to play. The big software update scheduled for October has been designed to help speed up the system. Alongside the speed boost there will be another few tweaks to help with the overall operation of the console to fix some of the bugs.
As the Wii U currently costs around £150 for the basic model, there is a chance that the Wii U may be able to find a niche in the market due to its relatively affordable price. It’s going to be interesting to see how things pan out at the end of this year.