Nintendo is the best known name in gaming for a reason. Even though it's fallen behind Microsoft and Sony recently in the marketplace, the company is pushing for a big comeback thanks to its number one strength - creating fun games that are perfect for the whole family.
Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are unbeatable when it comes to complexity and graphics that are so good they look real. But, most of their popular games have adult themes like war and shooting. Nintendo's Wii U, on the other hand, has a bunch of really fun titles that both adults and kids can enjoy. But, even with its family-friendly games, the Wii U has not done so hot lately.
As for the Wii U? It's been a sorry tale so far. A bungled announcement, an inability to explain what the GamePad is for, a lack of games, the dwindling support of the major third-party game publishers. It all looked pretty grim for a while.
That tough start could end pretty soon. Nintendo is working on games that will work better with the GamePad. It also has created an update that improves the online experience and allow users to transfer accounts between gadgets.
Between those updates and its great games, the Wii U looks ready to make a big push with summer buyers, especially parents who are looking for games they can play with their kids. Most of Nintendo's games are designed for multiple players, which makes it great for the family. And, research has shown that consumers are still interested in Nintendo's game console. There aren't any great titles coming out for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for a few months.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has introduced the new Mario Kart 8. It's another fun addition to the Mario Kart family and the reviews so far are great.
This gives Nintendo several weeks to really push the Wii U, centred [sic] on Mario Kart 8, but also reminding people about a back catalogue that, while hardly an embarrassment of riches, is certainly not an actual embarrassment. Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 and Lego City Undercover are all there to be discovered.
Wii U is also pretty cheap compared to its competitors. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 start at $399. But, you can get a Wii U with Mario Kart 8 for just $299!