Weekend Wondering: What Will Convince You to Buy a Wii U?

Judging by Wii U’s sales performance, it’s pretty clear that Wii U hasn’t convinced too many people to make the leap to Nintendo’s next generation system. This naturally leads us to question why that’s the case. Is there just not enough confidence in the system’s software lineup? Do people want to see more first or third-party games in action before they decide? Are people holding out to see how Wii U stacks up against other next-gen platforms from Microsoft and Sony? We’d like to get to the bottom of the issue as best we can.

For this week’s (late) Weekend Wondering poll, we’ve prepared a few of the more obvious reasons, and we’re asking everybody – both Wii U owners and non-Wii U owners – to chime in on what they need to sell them on Nintendo’s latest platform.

What Will Convince You to Buy a Wii U?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Kyrunox Aaron Laye

    I haven’t a clue why people think 3+ million sales in 2 months is a bad thing. That’s pretty impressive in my opinion. Much better than the 3DS’ first few months. Personally, the launch window lineup alone got me pumped. Mario, Pikmin, Monster Hunter… Only way to make their first 3 months better imo would be pokemon or making some of their recently announced titles come faster.

    Nintendo Direct is pretty much curb stomping me, stealing my wallet, and leaving a huge pile of nice games in my face. How can I complain?

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    • Spiderfog

      New Super Mario Bros. U
      Nintendo Land
      Pikmin 3

      Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
      Xenoblade Wii U
      Zelda Wii U
      The Wind Waker HD
      Smash Bros. 4
      Super Mario Wii U
      Mario Kart Wii U

      • http://www.facebook.com/Kyrunox Aaron Laye

        I think he means a fresh brand spanking new franchise.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.miner Christopher Miner

        Pikmin, Zelda, and Smash bros are pretty much the only things good on that list.

        maybe Mario Kart if we’re lucky.

        • Guy above is retarded ^

          You should play Xenoblade before you say that. If you don’t like it then, go buy a PS3 and enjoy those types of games because clearly you don’t like Nintendo games.

      • PayneXIII

        F-Zero would be nice…

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  • Twister27

    While I was convinced to buy a Wii U before it even launched, I voted for the first-party lineup option, simply because I have yet to actually buy a Wii U. However, the only reason why I haven’t bought one yet is because I am still getting through a sizable backlog of other games.

  • Amanda

    I need a new Metroid game. NINTENDO PLS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Kyrunox Aaron Laye

      I personally wouldn’t mind if Metroid went back to its 2D state or to the metroid prime style. Super Metroid and Metroid Prime 1 are legendary.

      • PayneXIII

        Any Metroid will do for me, I loved the 2.5D of Other M and The Prime series was fantastic as well, But what about a 3rd person shoulder cam Metroid? we seen a small taste of that in Other M

      • Simon Eden

        Ditto. I would especially love a properly 2.5D Metroid adventure – Like New SMB but using Metroid’s graphical style. Perhaps have the jumping between the foreground and background mechanics of DK Country Returns also :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/Kyrunox Aaron Laye

          I’m totally spreding this idea around onto the Planet Virtualboy Community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julianna.flenniken Julianna Flenniken

    I originally wasn’t going to buy the WiiU. I didn’t see the need for two screens on a console version, it just seemed like an amped up, overly-hyped, jumbo-sized DS. But after talking to the employees at Best Buy and with the reveal that a sequel to one of my favorite games (Bayonetta) was going to be released as a WiiU exclusive, I was interested. Then the announcement for the new Zelda game happened and at that point I had lost all hope and had to get it. The NintendoLand game I got with it didn’t hurt either. Now I’m just as excited for all the new games titles that are coming out or are in development as I was when the original Wii came out and the only reason I bought that was for Zelda lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.miner Christopher Miner

    1: Good (console exclusive) games.

    2: An achievement system.

  • That Guy

    I want a Wii U but I just need an announced Metroid and Im sold, The Zelda U already has me saving my money though

  • zdog

    Still surprised that they haven’t announced StarFox and Metroid, those really seemed like a shoe in for Wii U. With all the Mario games that have recently come out I think I’d be way more excited for one of those titles than a new Mario. And I’ll say this til my dying breath…I’ll buy a Wii U for everyone I know when Pokemon Snap U gets announced.

    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      The problem with Mario is that none of the latest ones seem revolutionary. Super Mario Galaxy was really the last game in the series that delivered that kind of feeling. Even 3D Land felt more like it did things that should have been done from the beginning anyway.

      • zdog

        Agreed, and it leads to a couple thoughts. 1. This new Mario will deliver that magic via new experiences with the gamepad, OR, it will be another attempt to satisfy everyone and no one at the same time. If that is the case then 2. it really seems that Starfox/Metroid would make more sense to release early in the lifecycle because I guarantee those IPs will deliver unique experiences with the new hardware simply based off of their gameplay style. Plus graphically they can go so much farther than it seems mario can simply based on art style.

    • Erimgard

      Miyamoto says he wants both Star Fox and Metroid on the Wii U….so I’m sure they will happen eventually.

      • zdog

        I think it is very likely as well, but I would have been happy to see them in lieu of one of the Mario/Mariokart/Zelda games that was announced in NintendoDirect simply because that means sooner than later.

  • kaz

    Besides more games (first and third party), The WiiU really needs a larger harddrive, or at least the option to upgrade it yourself, like the PS3

  • Den

    I was convinced at launch, but not by the games that were launched with it, but with the promise of Pikmin 3 at a later date. So when that comes out, I will be buying one.

  • HypaSword

    Give me Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and ill be emptying my pockets in a haste

  • http://twitter.com/TheShadowNinjix Shadow Ninjix

    Probably a mixture of all of that. Third-party titles would be nice, a new Zelda would be pretty cool, and a price cut, I just don’t think that the system has a proper library to warrant the price and the purchase as of right now.

  • K2L

    I chose Other because I got a Wii U by total surprise. I had expected to get it this year, rather than in last Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AntonGustin Anton Gustin

    I already own a Wii U, but a new Metroid title, and a Star Fox title that goes back to it’s roots, more like Star Fox 64 would be so fantastic! I would also like an achievement system, if the achievements are good then it just gives the game a much better replay value! They should construct it in a way that doesn’t force gamedevs to utilize an achievementsystem in their game, but it is possible as an option!