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I owned a...

Wii U 10 8.40%
3DS 14 11.76%
Both 80 67.23%
Neither 15 12.61%

I got both consoles quite late in their life. I wish I got them sooner. I have so few Wii U games. So many I want to play and so many are now on the Switch..

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I got the white Wii U when it dropped to $199 in the first year of release.

There was only a handful of games I bought and enjoyed but they gave me so many hours of gameplay that even though the Wii U itself was a failure, it was a huge success for me.

I bought a Wii U a few months after it was released. I really enjoyed it. I also bought a 3DS XL about 6 years ago or so, though I never got many games for it. I bought a Switch on day one.

I got both Wii U and 3DS, both pretty late into their lifecycle.

The Wii U was a fluke in that a store in the UK called Argos was doing it at a good bundle and discount back in May 2015; it was £180 for the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD special edition console and bundled game, with a £20 voucher, a Wii game in Metroid Other M and two Wii U games in FIFA 13 and Mario & Sonic: 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Those three free games I just sold off after playing them a little while to reduce the cost further. Never regretted the purchase as it was the gaming fix I needed and reignited my passion, after having moved away from gaming for a few years at the time. Uni studies, socialising and all that.

The 3DS I bought in November 2016 for the New version which was a Happy Home Designer edition as it was pretty well priced again and I was willing to have a crack at Fire Emblem for the first time as the games were getting reduced. Oddly, I only played Fire Emblem and Pokemon on it! I got it mainly to tide me over until the Switch came out and I was missing playing Pokemon after being hooked on Go and not touched another Pokemon game since Diamond.

I've enjoyed the games they both offered, even if it was limited; they were greatly flawed consoles for sure but I had a lot of fun with what I played on them and helped me to broaden my favoured genres outside of racers and platformers.

I had both.

Bought a Wii U in November 2013. While it did have some great games that I enjoyed enormously like BOTW, Bayonetta 2, and Mario Kart 8, the droughts were absolutely brutal and really soured my overall feelings towards it.

Bought a 3DS in 2015; Monster Hunter Tri was one of my favourite games of the 7th gen so when MH4 came out only on 3DS, I decided to grab one for it. Big mistake. To this day it's the only gaming system I have ever regretted buying. Disliked it immensely and whenever I played on it I just couldn't help thinking "man, I'd be enjoying this so much more if it was on a console."

Still, it taught me a valuable lesson; never buy a system that doesn't excite you just cos it has a game or two that do.

Got a Switch in October 2017; I decided to wait a few months beyond the launch window, until Nintendo proved it wasn't another Wii U. So far I absolutely love it; if it can manage three more years as good as 2017/2019 it has a shot at dethroning the SNES as my favourite system of all time.

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Nope, never had either one. Didn't get a 3DS because I have very little interest in handheld gaming, and didn't get a Wii U because I never saw that much reason to get one, especially when 2 of my friends had the console, so whatever games I wanted to play I could do so when I visited them. We got the Switch for christmas last year, basically as the secondary console so we could play the games that aren't on any other platforms.

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Yes and yes. 3DS is possibly my favorite system ever. Wii U had enough first party games to keep me interested.

Had I known then what I know now, I would've skipped both Wii U and 3DS and just waited for the Switch, but hindsight is 20:20.

Had a Wii U and was quite pleased with it.

The 3DS struck me a bit too much as "more of the same" of the DS family, and I wasn't really interested in most of the games that came out the first few years. Subsequently I never bought in to it, despite probably considering the DS family my favorite game systems ever.

curl-6 said:

Had I known then what I know now, I would've skipped both Wii U and 3DS and just waited for the Switch, but hindsight is 20:20.

It's my impression that most of what was good on the 3DS has yet to be ported to Switch.
Whereas the Wii U's library has been almost completely compromised.

But maybe this isn't your specific concern?