First of all: the Wii U is a great console. It's everything the Wii could have been, and more. FINALLY you get to play games in HD, which should mollify your x-box envy.
But even so, I'm not sure if most people really need this device. The drawbacks:
- It's expensive! As much so as an x-box/Kinect combination, which I think offers as good or better opportunities for casual and hardcore gaming. Nintendo says they're taking a loss on each system, but it's not clear how it's superior to the 6-year old consoles of last generation, all of which sell for the same amount or less (profitably so, I've been told).
- It's immature, and doesn't have as many games and accessories as other consoles.
- The social/online component is crippled by Nintendo in the interests of protecting children.
So why get one? Nintendo itself is the answer. They're the only ones that have Nintendo franchises, such as Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc. Want to play Mario Kart? You need a Wii U. Really, that's the only major plus for the system. But it's a HUGE plus.
So is it right for you? I don't know, but by this point in the review, I bet you've made up your mind.
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