Glad you enjoyed it, Nintendoland is a bit limited in one player but has hours and hours of fun in multiplayer.
Would you like to know what a person who believed the wii u was an overpriced joke thinks now he finally bought one at a not so overpriced price?
Fine, I'll put it in spoilers then
Must have got lucky. Really lucky. Especially after all the horror stories I had read about the Wii U not connecting to routers or dropping the connection all over the place. It spotted the wireless network on my old netgear without issue and connected first time. The initial update was ho ho ho all the way to the laughter farm, but considering I had 3 kids running around screaming for food it didn't seem so much of an inconvenience really. Took about an hour and 15 mins I reckon. I would love to hook it up wired to my switch but I read the wired adapter isn't actually as fast as the wi-fi? Well W T F if so, that's dumb, I just hope it can hold up well for online gaming but we'll see.
I had thought the gamepad to be a piece of tacky cheap plastic crap. Guess what? It's plastic, but doesn't really feel that cheap or crap. I was pleasantly surprised. The menu's are fine to navigate around. A bit slower than the fancy pants 360 and PS3 but OMG a whole world away from the shocking Wii menu and online experience. The shop is grand, I couldn't resist buying Kirby for 30p, but shame on Nintendo for making me top up a tenner in order to do so. Gits. Super Metroid on Thursday for another 30p? Ok then.
Friends type stuff I didn't bother with, I don't have any friends, let's be friends?
Spent a bit of time pairing up a couple of wiimotes and generally fiddling with settings. No PCM Linear HD Sound malarky here, just pick either Stereo or Surround and you're off.
The first shock was seeing a Nintendo logo in HD. So THAT'S what it looks like, nice. The second shock was that the console is so tiny sitting in the top shelf above the 360, which lords it over the PS3 which is on the bottom shelf. It's not a heirarchical thing, it's just how it turned out.
My old 120gb Seagate Y lead USB drive seems to be working ok so far. I'm aware it may have drive head parking issues so let's see how that goes before doing somersaults of joy.
Thought I would have a go at Mario first. My 4 year old daughter plonked herself down in front of the TV just to watch, I couldn't get her shifted and she whinged like an elephant when I told her it was time to bed. She is a Mario fan, I've no idea why, I certainly wouldn't let her accept sweeties from him.
Once I had the living room to myself (apart from wife and 4 month old baby - so not really to myself, but minus the other 2 louder sproglings) I was able to get a proper go at Mario. In all honestly, it's been a long time since I caught myself smiling stupidly while playing a game. I even burst into the odd chuckle at some of the music or visual jokes. I had a lot of fun. The image quality of the game pad seems pretty good and it seems to work fine as a controller. Almost what you would kind of expect, but it looks so big and clunky that it couldn't possibly be ergonomic, but it really kind of is. Transferring the game to the gamepad is pretty genius and yes I have tried the Vita cross play thingy and while the Wii U cost me £150 I won't tell you what the PS3 and Vita cost me all in. Also, I like the bigger screen of the gamepad. Also, I sold my Vita ages ago anyway. May buy another one day, may not, what's it to you anyway fatty?
So Mario took up most of my evening, Zombi UUUUuuuUUUU and Nintendo Land remain unplayed. I did have a go at that Rayman thing, it was fun, but not as fun as Mario, what else can I say?
So while we're all used to playing in HD on our 'other' consoles (and my fat pc with 2 GTX 670's in SLI throwing a zillion billion polytronwhatstheirface around every second) there is still something utterly delightful about playing Nintendo games in HD on a 50" Plasma. Yes, I have tried Dolphin HD and it is indeed wonderful but the best I can manage for that is a 24" monitor. Mario looks utterly fantastic. Not just the visual fidelity, but all the incidental details. And the smoothness, oh lordy be, it's sooooo smooth.
Even the music just sounds brilliant through the old 5.1.
It just has a bit of the old Nintendo magic, ya know? Perhaps you don't, and that's ok, because not everyone likes Mario. Which is bloody odd I grant you, but that's the world we live in. Perhaps I'll get pissed off with the game later on when it gets bitch hard, but I did once upon a time complete super mario world and find the star road and complete that too blah blah blah and also got 120 stars in Mario 64. I was young then.
Hey, I've only had the damn thing a handful of hours but I do like it. Without Mario? Probably not so much but bloody hell Nintendo, it just looks so good and feels exactly like a Mario game should. Sonic hasn't felt like Sonic since Sonic 2, it's like Sega lost the old Sonic feel down the back of the sofa and haven't been able to find it since.
Would I like it as much at £250? No I bloody wouldn't, and I wouldn't have bought it at that price either but at £150 it genuinely feels like pretty good value. You get a console that will play Nintendo games in HD (eventually, when they get around to releasing some) and that gamepad really is kinda neat and probably cost more than £3.75 to make.
So the Wii U has a long road ahead of it, written off by all and sundry. EA, god I'll so miss your games (not really, I can play them if I want on the other platforms or most likely, on the PC where the framerate should rise above the 20 or so your games usually run at on a console).
You sure wouldn't want a Wii U as a sole console, I mean, there really isn't that much out but as an extra whereby you get to play something of such quality as Mario U? Well yes, definitely, just need some more games like that.
The End. Thanks for not reading.
Zombi U will kick your arse.
Enjoy it as it won't last, Nintendo have apparently decided to cancel the console, they won't announce any new titles around E3 and the previously announced ones have all been cancelled.