I liked it more than the Wii honestly.
I felt like Mario Galaxy 1/2 were the really great Wii titles, but the rest of the lineup ... not so much.
Splatoon and Mario Maker were really great new franchises, Splatoon obviously blossoming into quite a phenomenon for Nintendo in Japan specifically. Mario 3D World wasn't quite as good as Galaxy, but it was pretty close. Bayonetta 2 was cool too. Mario Kart 8 versus Mario Kart Wii was a bit of a wash probably Mario Kart 8 takes that. DKC: Tropical Freeze was better than DKC Returns. NSMBU was better than NSMB Wii even though it was getting really bland by that point. Smash Wii U is better than Smash Brawl on Wii. For share/ported Zelda games, Zelda: BOTW is considerably better than Twilight Princess.
The design/branding/look of the system was so bad though, lol. The tablet looked like a child's tablet instead of something sleek/cool looking and the system looked like a bland version of the Wii. It was an aesthetic disaster.
The remote control functionality of the tablet was low-key a super cool feature. I would use the Wii U tablet as my default TV remote to flip through channels and what not, and when something would go to commercial I'd sometimes turn on a game (usually Virtual Console SNES games like F-Zero) to play on the tablet screen while waiting for the TV show/live sports to resume.
Stuff like that was pretty clever actually but I felt like Nintendo made this product and Apple/smartphones/tablets basically started to do all this stuff too in a more attractive package and it kind of stole Nintendo's thunder.
Last edited by Soundwave - on 18 November 2022