This is a quick post, because I’m playing the shit out of my Wii U right now and don’t have any spare energy to write. There’s an overwhelming amount of fun stuff to do and Nano Assault Neo blew half my face off. Anyway, paid journalists were also overwhelmed and fucked up a lot of things in a sweaty panic, causing mass confusion in the Miiverse. Here’s a few things to set straight!
Misconception – Truth
Update takes 4 hours – Update takes 1 hour (took me 45 minutes on third-world Australian internet)
Update is 5GB – Update is 1GB
Update is mandatory – Update can be skipped, downloaded in background
Black Ops 2 is worst version – Black Ops 2 is best version (controls AND graphics, one opportunistic blocky shadow screenshot can fuck right off, all versions can look bad if you try hard enough)
Third Party ports are a broken mess – Except the ones Digital Foundry DIDN’T put under the knife (Sonic, Just Dance 4, Assassins Creed 3, Trine 2, Tekken, Fifa)
The GamePad isn’t a thing – The GamePad is a thing and the entire reason to buy the console
You can’t use Component Cables – You can, I tested the same ones I use with Wii and they work, exact same image quality
ZombiU is too hard – ZombiU is appropriately hard and it’s OK to die once in a while
ZombiU is a bad action game – Oops, this is correct
Mario U is just another Mario game – Mario U is another Mario game
Both players need to add each other to be friends – You can send invites just like PS3 and X360 (in much friendlier fashion on the Miiverse)
That’s all for now, Wii U is awesome and so are Nintendo fans. I’m LOVING all the activity on the Miiverse, there’s a lot of happy vibes and people are putting effort into their drawings and messages. The screenshot function seems a bit wonky though, and I wish there was a way to access the Miiverse on PC just so I could copy and paste some pictures; two things hopefully fixed in an update. The Miiverse does the unthinkable and provides the world with a positive and creative social network, a place where everyone is equal and every GAME is equal. Your opinion of Funky Barn is irrelevant unless there’s a ticked box indicating you’ve played it!
I’m more impressed with Wii U than I was with the original Wii 6 years ago, and that was a lot. I have the GamePad here at my desk, browsing the Miiverse while the TV is off in the other room while Mario U is paused. The freedom is liberating.