Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch
The Nintendo Switch had a lot of pressure put on it, considering how poorly in sales the Wii U did. The Switch itself is going strong, partly due to all of the games — both first-party and third-party — that are scheduled to appear on the console, something that the Wii U did not have. Yet, a handful of the Switch’s best selling games are Wii U ports.

I think the Switch is mainly what the Wii U didn’t–and couldn’t–do. For example, they put so much hype into the gamepad so you could play the game “on the go.” Yet, it only lasts about three feet. Now we have the Switch, where you can literally take it anywhere. And not only that but play it anywhere with friends or yourself as a handheld.

The Switch definitely has the portability that the Wii U failed with. With the ported Wii U games, Nintendo does seem to be hyping up the Switch to be the better Wii U. Along with the updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and Pokken Tournament coming to the console in a couple of months, the Switch has games promised throughout the rest of the year and beyond, a far cry from the scheduled list of games that the Wii U had gotten.

When the Switch was announced, we wanted to play through a few of our Wii U games because we knew we would be focusing on the Switch. When we went through our games, we realized that we really didn’t have a lot of Wii U games. Yet, we use our Wii U all the time. However, at this point, we mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube.

Yes, YouTube seems to be the Wii U’s greatest workout, haha! Honestly, we’ve even used the original Wii’s Virtual Console more than the Wii U. We still have a few Wii U games that we haven’t tried just yet, due to us being focused on the Switch. Still, the Wii U had some great games, and I’m curious as to what else Nintendo may port over to the Switch. I’d be surprised if there were no plans to bring over the Super Smash Bros. franchise onto the new console.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Yes, we still have quite a few Wii U games to play through. But the bottom line is, Kris, which console is your favorite?

I’m quite enjoying the Switch, but it could also be because it’s still new and shiny for us. I’m loving Breath of the Wild and the extra content of Mario Kart 8, and the Joy-Con are fun, easy to use controllers for the games. The major downside of the console, however, is the price. Not just for the main console itself, which wasn’t too bad, but for all the accessories. What about you?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
As of right now, I’d have to say the Switch. Mainly for the same reasons you just said. But, while the Wii U got a lot of backlash and I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of it, I absolutely love the Wii U. Not just because of Netflix and YouTube, but I found the overall console to be great and they had a lot of good games for it as well. It reminded me of the 3DS, which I love. Even with the Switch, I’m sure we’ll be playing our Wii U for a long time to come.

Which console do you think is better? Let us know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. Good points of view, I feel the same about the Wii U, when I look at my library, there are few games… But when I see my digital games, I have more than 20 options to play.

  2. The Wii U did have some great games but after 4+ years there doesn’t really seem to be as much as past Nintendo consoles. That and the fact that the selling point of the system, it’s tablet was only good in a very limited range, the Switch right now is my winner, even if I only have three games for it right now. Still, I have my Wii U hooked up on my other TV and will for the foreseeable future.

    • I’m definitely enjoying the Switch more so than the Wii U. I just wish they had more games for the Switch right away, especially since we waited so long for it to come out. Though I’m not going to complain since the technology is wonderful and I’m sure it takes much more time than all the previous games for other consoles.

  3. The Wii U despite it’s poor sales had many great games. Bayonetta 2, Super Mario 3d World, Smash Bros just to name a few. I hate comparing it because I see the Switch being a place where much of these games may get ported, simply because of the poor install base, games like Bayonetta 2 really didn’t get the exposure it deserved.
    I think the Switch does have a brighter future than the Wii U ever could have hoped for. From a technological perspective as well and taking games out of the chat, Switch hands down. To be able to play huge games like breath of the wild in the palm of your hands is unreal, i still can’t get over a 2 hour road trip i just did where i played a good 2 hours of botw.

    • I agree with everything you just said. The Wii U was fantastic, had a lot of great games, but technology-wise, the Switch has it down pat.
      Still, I think every “new” console is going to be “better” than the previous one. Just one or two years in between them and a lot changes in technology. New things are discovered and new ideas are waiting to be explored.

  4. I love everything about the Switch so far, from how it feels to the portability. Honestly, the Wii U had excellent games, but I still technically love the Switch more. Once the Switch’s library is complete, I’ll probably be able to better compare, but unless the Switch’s library miraculously ends abruptly, I’m predicting that I will like it more, overall.

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