The Benefits of Having the Wii U VS. The Xbox One

Before I start this article, I want to clear up one thing. I am not going to say one console is definitely better than the other. I am not one to participate in the “Console War”, although I do feel the Wii U and Xbox One both have benefits over each other. I have both consoles, and I can confidently say they are both great. With that being said, I’m going to start with the benefits of buying the Wii U over the Xbox One. 

The Wii U

-The WII U is the HD Nintendo system that once again, changes how games are played. Nintendo implemented the Gamepad, which allows the player to interact with games through a touch screen on the controller. This is a pretty bold innovation; and while it goes under the radar for some Wii U games, others use it especially well. This on its own, is a benefit over the Xbox One. The Gamepad allows games to be played off TV, and it also offers different ways to play the game itself. Pikmin 3 allows the player to control the pikmin with the stylus on the touch screen. ZombiU uses the gamepad as a “backpack HUD”, with the player being unable to pause the game while using it to switch around inventory and execute tasks. It is a pretty cool innovation that adds a heightened sense intensity and stress to every move. This is not a bad thing though, as it makes the game more interesting to play. 

-1st Party Titles. Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, and Metroid (I can only assume there will be a Metroid on the Wii U) are just a handful of First Party franchises that are and are going to be available on the Wii U. Nintendo has the best catalog of First Party titles, and I feel that since Mario Kart 8 and E3, Nintendo has been on such a roll with their content reveals. This year alone, the Wii U has Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros, and Toad Treasure Tracker coming out. Next year has new IPs such as Splatoon, and of course, Legend of Zelda Wii U. Those are just two titles out of so many that I haven’t mentioned that are coming next year. Picking up the Wii U guarantees you will be satisfied with the First Party titles, if you are not already. 

-The eShop. While the eShop was rather empty when the Wii U was released, not it is filled with exceptional titles that are not only amazing, but Nintendo exclusive. Shovel Knight is currently exclusive to Nintendo consoles (and Steam, I believe), and it alone is a great reason to have a Nintendo console. Of course, there are other exclusive titles and Virtual Console titles like Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

-Go online for free. Playing online games and interacting with others online does not require a subscription, which is great for those who don’t want to have a monthly fee to play a game. This outshines Xbox Live, which costs money each month. Nintendo also has an online system on the internet called Club Nintendo, which allows you enter your game’s codes online and get points. These points can go towards cool items, and being a Gold or Platinum member can lead to even better items, like free games (I recently received Donkey Kong Country Returns on 3DS for being a Platinum member). 

-Less Expensive. The Wii U is only $300, and it can be found for less depending on the retailer. This makes the Wii U for it, especially since there are a handful of bundles that are priced at either $300. I got the Wind Wake Bundle, which came with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and a customized Gamepad for only $300. Pretty good deal. 

Now I will go over the benefits of buying an Xbox One over a Wii U

Xbox One

-Powerful games. It is safe to say that the Xbox One is a powerhouse system that rivals with the powers of a gaming computer. It essentially is a gaming computer. With these specs, the Xbox One can support games with the most high quality graphics and gameplay. Games like the Grand Theft Auto 5, which looked superb on previous generations, is going to look even better on the Xbox One. Destiny is coming out in September, and it looks phenomenal in every sense. 

-3rd Party Titles- Xbox One, being similar in specs to the Playstation 4 and PC, is easy to port games to. Games like Call of Duty and Battlefield will have exceptional gameplay on the Xbox One, not only due to its power but it being easy to port to. Buying an Xbox One guarantees you will get the best Third Party titles because of this. The Wii U being different because of the Gamepad, is harder to port 3rd Party Titles to. 

-Better Online Experience. Although Xbox Live is costly compared to the Wii U, it gives the user a more seamless and less restricted online experience when it comes to communication. There aren’t many filters on Xbox One, which allows players to communicate without trouble. Online multiplayer is also rather smooth depending on your connection, which allows the maximum fun to be had when playing. Gamer for Gold, a rather new feature of Xbox Live, gives Gold members a couple of games to download each month. This month, the titles were Max and the Curse of Brotherhood and Guacamelee. Not my favorite games, but the fact that they are free is pretty great. 

-The Xbox One is an all-in-one console. Theoretically, the Xbox One can be classified as an entertainment system. It has Xbox TV, Twitch, and the Snap feature, which allows you do watch TV while playing Titanfall (Which is a rather good game by the way). The Xbox One is a rather impressive system because of this, and definitely makes it worth the $400 (or $500 if you choose to purchase the system with the kinect device).


So there you have it! Benefits of buying each system. You can decide which one you feel is better personally, but I will not take a dignified stance. Although, I have had more fun playing the Wii U, only because i have had it longer and I have a wider variety of titles for it. Plus, Mario Kart 8. Buy anyways I hope this helps if you were looking for some information or on the fence about which console you wanted! 


Nick Putnam



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