Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch

krismii
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.

rachmii
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.

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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.

rachmii
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.

krismii
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?

krismii
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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Walkthroughs: Yay or Nay?

 krismii
Hello, everyone! Today we’d like to throw an interesting question at you all — what do you think of video game walkthroughs? I tend not to use them much, not unless I’m truly stuck on a level or something equivalent to that. I’m definitely more of an explorer when it comes to video games, and figuring out what needs to be done next on my own is definitely part of that experience.

rachmii
Meanwhile, I collect game guides. I try not to use them too often, especially if it’s my first time playing the game. I don’t want to spoil things for myself. Yet I still need the guide to find all those extra things in the game and have some help here and there if I get really stuck.

krismii
Some would say using a walkthrough is cheating. However, with how quickly walkthroughs, hacks, and spoilers appear on the Internet for games, I’m not sure if I entirely agree. It does take out the element of surprise from the games if the guides are used, but the surprise may already be gone if you’re an avid Internet browser.

rachmii
Using a walkthrough is a choice. I don’t think it necessarily cheating. It’s there to help and give you hints and tricks on hidden gems in the game. Seriously, if I didn’t know the levels of the gym leaders in Pokemon, my whole team would suffer.

krismii
With that, though, you can lose the sense of challenge with the use of a guide. I think we had a happy medium going when we were using guides to find the Wonder Wools for Yoshi’s Woolly World to collect the Yoshis at the end of each stage. While we beat the levels ourselves, if we missed a Wonder Wool, we looked it up before diving back into the level so we wouldn’t miss it again.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
There’s no point in playing a video game if there is no challenge to it. However, I love having the walkthrough there by my side just in case.

What about you? Do you like using walkthroughs?

Console vs Handheld

Debate:
Console vs Handheld

 krismii
Hi everyone! We hope you’re all having a good week! Today Rachel and I are debating on whether or not consoles — like the Wii U — or handhelds — like the Nintendo 3DS — are better platforms for games. Personally, I prefer the consoles. There’s nothing like playing a fantastic adventure game and seeing the gorgeous details of the world on a big television screen. Handhelds, while their graphics can be pretty, just don’t hold a candle to consoles.

rachmii
It’s hard to pick and choose one or the other. Though for the post’s sake, I’m going to say that I prefer handhelds. Yes, the screen is bigger on a TV, but the XL 3DS is pretty good as well. Plus I love being able to put my 3DS in my pocket and bring it with me where ever I go.

krismii
Okay, so the handhelds have the pro of being portable. That’s cool and great for vacations, but with the convenient travel size also comes smaller games. Not only are they easier to lose, I feel as if the game data themselves are smaller. The console games are bigger, more expansive than the handheld ones.

rachmii
Yes, but you can download so many games onto the handheld. You don’t even have to bring a cartridge with you. Sure, the games may not hold as much information, but you can still get hours of play from each game.

krismii
You can download a plethora of games onto the consoles as well. It’s something that they’re all starting to do, as well as include special apps like Netflix and YouTube. While it is awesome being able to bring Netflix and YouTube around with you on a handheld, there is nothing like watching it on the television with the help of your console.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
But you can’t take those games with you… So there.
I never use YouTube and Netflix on my 3DS because the screen is so small. It’s supposed to be used for video games anyway. Not watching TV. Tell me, how often do we play video games on our Wii U and how often do we watch Let’s Plays on YouTube on the Wii U? We play more games on the handheld than we do the console.

krismii
Yes, the handhelds are more convenient for playing games… But how often do we wish for games like Professor Layton to be on the console so we don’t have to huddle over one little 3DS screen to play together? Games for consoles like the Wii U are fantastic for sharing with friends, especially ones like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Yes, there’s a nifty thing called WiFi to let you play with others through the Internet, but that can be spotty, even in today’s age of technology.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Okay, okay… Good point.
However not much of our friends enjoy video games like we do. We don’t really have anyone to play with. Sure it would be nice to play games on the big screen with each other, but we manage. Sometimes it can be nice to lay on the couch with coffee in hand, relaxing and quiet.

krismii
We can force encourage our friends to enjoy video games like us… Seriously, we have a decent handful who love our video game nights and are annoyed that we don’t do them more often. Maybe we should fix that…
We can relax just as well with console games too, such as Pokemon Ranch or, again, Super Smash Bros. with computer characters duking it out. My vote, with the bigger screen, fuller games, and sociability, goes to the consoles!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
My vote is the smaller screen, shorter games, yet portable!
That sounds pretty bad when I say it like that, but I was just trying to write the opposite of what you said… Oh well!
I’ll play video games no matter what platform they’re on.

Whose side are you on? Do you prefer console games or handhelds?