There are a lot of great things coming in March; Mass Effect Andromeda, Nier Automata and the #NintendoSwitch are but a few, which means it's going to be a pretty tough month on our wallets. Though if you're looking to save a few pennies and still get your #Nintendo fix, then perhaps you'd consider picking up a #WiiU instead.
Switch It Up: Why March Is A Great Time To Pick Up A Wii U
There aren't many times I feel like wading into an angry mob, so put the pitchforks down for a moment and hear me out, because there are some pretty solid reasons why now is the best time to pick up a Wii U—even after Nintendo's (slightly disappointing) Nintendo Switch livestream.
The Line-Up Is Pretty Stacked
Admittedly, launch line-ups tend to be a little on the sparse side, but Nintendo seem to be relying almost entirely on Breath of the Wild to shift the Switch. I have no doubt that the latest Legend of Zelda will be an epic adventure, but beyond that there's not a lot of games to sink your teeth into when the new console launches.
On the other hand, despite how it struggled to gain momentum at launch, the Wii U now has a line-up filled with some excellent exclusives:
- Bayonetta 2
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions
- Super Smash Bros
- Mario Maker
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Mario Kart 8
- and much more
An impressive bunch, and a lot cheaper to get your hands on then the Switch!
The Wii U Will Have 'Breath Of The Wild' Too
#BreathOfTheWild will certainly be a system seller, but was originally developed for Wii U and will launch at the same time as its Switch counterpart. Series producer, Eiji Aonuma, has stated that Breath of the Wild will be the same experience whether you're playing on the Wii U or Switch—graphics and everything.
The Wii U version might even become a rarity like the Gamecube version of Twilight Princess. Admittedly you won't be able to take the Wii U version out of the house, but if you were only planning to play from the comfort of your sofa it shouldn't be a problem.
The Switch Is Probably Going To Sell Out
Whilst preorders have been open for some time, with the release date reveal, the flood gates are open, and considering Nintendo's track record with hardware, the Switch might be sold out at launch.
Amazon have already stated they've exceeded their preallocated consoles, with any additional orders being dispatched according to stock availability. This is pretty good for Nintendo, who, provided they've met the demand by the end of summer, will be in a good position for the holiday 2017 period.
You Can Expect The Wii U To Be Going For Pennies
Some of you may ask, why buy a Wii U when I can just buy a Switch? This mentality is the exact reason there will be bargains all over the show. Don't forget there are some fantastic Wii U bundles that include games like Mario Kart 8, Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker or Mario Maker.
The Switch is a standalone console at $299, meaning any game purchases will only bolster the price. If you're planning on picking up Zelda, Bomberman and an additional controller, expect the total price to balloon with it. Wii U is looking mighty cheap right now.
The Switch Is Going To Be Awesome, But Will Need Time To Settle Into A Groove
The Nintendo Switch might have some hard-hitting RPGs in its line-up and we're certainly stoked for more Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei, but most of these aren't even confirmed for a 2017 launch.
Even Nintendo's mustachioed mascot is notably absent! Super Mario Odyssey is an odd entry for the franchise, but one we wont see until the holiday 2017 period.
You might get a little less bang out of your buck with a #WiiU, but I promise you get a lot more bullets. So ask yourself when the Switch is released whether you want a Desert Eagle or a Tommy Gun, because as it stands, some of us would prefer the Tommy Gun.
Would you consider purchasing a Wii U instead of the Switch? Do you have a Wii U already? Are you planning on buying a Switch?