Join the PA community by having your Nintendo Network ID posted here!
READ THE SPOILER FOR INSTRUCTIONS OR YOU WON'T GET ON THE LIST!
Start by sending a PM containing your forum name/NNID to @ " MNC Dover " (remove the spaces before and after the " " marks or it won't work) to get added to the list. Please send me your info like it's shown below to make my job easier.
Also, make sure to enable your friend's list. Do this by hitting the home button on your gamepad and selecting the "friend list" icon on the far left OR going to the MiiVerse and searching for the NNID manually (recommended).
Xenogears of Bore/KingSheet
MOVE IT WITH BUNMASTER!!!/spinach
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Some important notes/tips from PA posters to help smooth out your initial Wii U experience.
1) Improving Wifi performance
-- It looks like the WII U has some issues with DHCP and automatic configuration of wifi. If you know how, manually enter your IP information into the Wii U, setting the IP Address, Subnet, and gateway to match your DHCP settings but in an area that the modem isn't giving out (up around 240-250 is usually safe). Then manually set DNS - if you don't know it, use 220.127.116.11 (google's DNS). This allowed things to work much better for me.
2) Opting in to friend requests must be done before you can receive friend requests. Do this by hitting the Home button, tapping on Friend List orange button on the left, tap on Settings, enable friend requests.
3) Why the Friends Lists are like they are:
--I wouldn't be surprised if the Miiverse servers really are integral to the Wii U's experience, and timeouts were what was causing the lag.
--Also, I think I've figured out how friend invites work, and why there are 2 different ways to enter them.
--Miiverse: Social integration. You have to opt in to allow friend requests on Miiverse (which at least 4 people in the OP haven't done, *cough cough*) . If you allow friend requests in that, then you'll get notifications when people add you through it, which can be due to profile posts or from playing with other people or all that jazz.
--If, however, you don't want the world to be able to add you, you can just have friends add you via mutual NNID exchange. This is where someone puts in your NNID into their console, and you are not informed about it... But if you put their NNID in as well, then voila! You have each other as friends. (This is how I added the 4 people in the OP who didn't have their friend requests turned on).
--So basically, Nintendo's created two avenues to add friends that are NOT mutually exclusive and can be used as a gatekeeper. If you want the world to be your friend, awesome! If you don't want the world up in your grill but you still want the ability to add friends, awesome! If you want the whole world to leave you alone, go for it.
4) The home button takes a screen shot. Once the home menu is up, you can jump to the miiverse and post it in a comment there. If you don't post it, it's gone as soon as you go back to the game, to be replaced with a new one next time you hit Home.
5) Game updates can be downloaded in the background. If you click the "Start Game" button it will begin background downloading. Then you can do whatever you want while the game update downloads. I don't know if it specifically downloads while you are in the game you're downloading for, but it definitely does if you quit out of it. There is also a "Download Manager" app on the Home button where you can see what it's doing with the downloads.
So the Wii U is Nintendo's newest console. If you wish to buy it, then you have around four flavors: Basic Humble, Deluxe Cheesecake, and Hyrulian Pecan Pie. There's also a ZombiU edition floating around.
The best bet is the Zelda edition. You get most of the perks of the Deluxe version, which means a 32gb HDD, fancy cradles for the gamepad, and a black console. You also get a shiny Wind Waker-theme gamepad and a digital copy of Wind Waker HD AND the Hyrule Historia (a book for Zelda nerds). The only reason to get the Deluxe version over this is that you don't want Wind Waker and/or REALLY want Nintendland (which, I should note, is already going for around $15 used so Wind Waker is more savings) Yes, the Zelda Wii U gets the Deluxe eShop Promotion
(more about that further down this post). Either way you go, these two sets cost $299.99.
The Basic Set is pretty much on its way out. The HDD is one-fourth the size, you get none of the fancy cradles nor pack-in game, and the system is white. The only reason to want this over any other bundle is A) It's really cheap, especially used. However, this is offset by the fact that you'll need to buy a game, at which point the savings are negated. There's also B) You really don't want a black system, which makes you a total racist. In other words: do not buy the Basic System. If you decide you just have to own one, it should run about $250 (not worth it), but I've seen used ones go as low as $220 (you save about twenty bucks after buying one retail-priced game...not really worth it)
The ZombiU set was a limited run that, at the time, had some appealing features. You get ZombiU and Nintendoland, both fine games, a ZombiU book about its development, the standard black 32 gig Wii U, the fancy cradles for the gamepad, and a black Pro Controller. I dunno if it has the eShop promotion that the Deluxe set has. While this WOULD be a fantastic deal, you have to understand that both ZombiU and Nintendoland have plummeted in value, and it's not difficult to get both for around forty or so dollars. Throw in the controller and it's roughly the same value as Wind Waker HD. It's also harder to find, and not priced well (four hundred bucks in some places, a true rip-off). It is the best deal if you can find it for around $300 and would prefer ZombiU and Nintendoland over Wind Waker (with the added bonus of a pro controller). Good luck with that.
At the heart of the Wii U is the new tablet-esque controller that allows the player to free themselves from the cruel tyranny of the TV. The screen is touch sensitive and can be used via stylus or finger. The controller features dual stick controller (and the sticks can click for extra functionality), four trigger/bumper buttons, four face buttons, and both accelerometer and gyroscope for motion control. The Wii U actually streams content to the game pad, meaning that many games can be played entirely on the pad while your TV gets used for other crap. In fact, after you do the initial set up, you don't even need to have the Wii U connected to a TV to play it.
Meanwhile, other titles will make use of the controller for a variety of gameplay purposes such as inventory management, aiming weapons, and so forth. These titles, obviously, will require a TV to play.
Another important thing to note: the tablet controller also features a camera and microphone. This will be utilized in things like Miiverse, and the Wii U comes with a video chat program installed. This video shows us some of the ways the GamePad can be utilized.
The Wii U can support two of these controllers at the same time, albeit capping the frame rate at 30fps when you do so. The hardware also supports just about everything from the Wii, including the remotes, balance board, motion plus, and so forth. The Wii U also includes a sensor bar for special pointer stuff. There is also a new controller for games that don't require the extra screen. The Pro Controller is intended to be a more comfortable controller for more conventional control schemes.
The GamePad will NOT be available for sale in North America (and probably not Europe). The price in Japan is the equivalent of around $175, so expect a price point of $150 or so. However, until Nintendo decides to stock 'em, you're stuck with the GamePad included with your system. You will
be able to call for a replacement, so don't' fret about breaking one. Note that no Wii U games at launch will make use of two GamePads.
The Pro Controller RSVPs for $49.99.
Hey, let's talk about Miiverse
Nintendo is basically diving head-first into online. The Wii U features standard entertainment such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and so forth. The new thing here is Miiverse, which is a network that shows what people are playing, and allows you to brag, get assistance, offer comments, or post crude drawings of genitals
get nailed by the frightfully alert moderation staff. The image above shows the Miis clustering around games they play, be they friends or some stranger from Utah, and comments/drawings will pop up every so often. Miiverse is entirely optional, and you can control whether you get posts from just friends, the whole internet, or nobody at all. It also can label posts as spoilers so your gaming experience is never sullied like when your friend tells you that Bowser kidnapped Peach and ruined the whole plot. There are also communities for each game that kinda act like bulletin boards, and many games will feature Miiverse posts in the game itself.
Friend Codes are dead
. You make a Nintendo Network ID, and you're done. You got a friend's list, can send messages to friends, follow friend activity (kinda like Twitter), and so forth. WARNING:
Your NNID is tied to the console, along with any eShop purchases you make. While it is possible to unlink an NNID, it requires a lengthy phone call to customer service and is unlikely to be fruitful unless your system broke or something. Furthermore, you can only link one Club Nintendo account to just one NNID. They're a bit more lenient about unlinking Club Nintendo accounts, but it still requires an hour on the phone listening to the lowest quality version of the Zelda theme.
Here's an annoying video to demonstrate the feature.
The Miiverse won't just be a Wii U thing. It'll eventually be ported over to the 3DS, and you'll be able to utilize certain parts of the Miiverse on your PC, smartphones, and tablets-that-aren't-controllers. When this happens is anyone's guess.
TVii is a rather ambition system that tries to be an all-in-one hub for couch potatoes. Using the Wii U controller like a remote, you can browse and control various programs at any time. This is completely cross-platform, and TVii will search all of the popular streaming services in addition to live TV. Supposedly, you can control your cable box, DVR, and more with the remote for unfettered touch-based television control.
If you don't have a subscription, you can purchase the episode/subscription from the controller.
Hey, the Wii U has games. Okay, not a lot, but it has some, and they're pretty great.
What's cool about the Wii U is that it's the first Nintendo home console to allow for digital purchases of full retail titles. It's worth noting that the average size of a Wii U title is 10+ GB, so you will probably need to purchase an external USB Hard Disk Drive if that is the way you want to go. The Wii U supports USB 2.0 HDDs with a maximum size of 2TB, but Nintendo says that a firmware update in the future will allow the hardware to recognize larger drives. HOWEVER, the Wii U will NEVER recognize any storage past the initial 2TB, so...just get a 2TB drive. Honestly, you don't even NEED more space than that.
It's also worth noting that Deluxe Set owners get a deal on the eShop. Every purchase you make on the eShop will give you a number of points back based on a percentage of the purchase. The end result is that you average about 10% off all digital purchases, but since the money you save goes straight into your account it's...not as nice a deal as you'd expect. You still have to spend $59.99 on Darksiders II, you just will have $5.99 on your account for other eShop purchases. This offer ends December 2014
, so take advantage of it while you can.
These are all NA dates. Go...somewhere else, Europe
OUT RIGHT THE FUCK NOW
Games in PINK
are pretty much sure-deals. Games in PURPLE
may require consideration, either because there are issues with the port, gameplay hiccups you may or may not tolerate, or there is simply a cheaper alternative on another platform. Everything else is probably trash or I don't know enough about it. An asterisk indicates that the game is fully playable on the game pad. Stuff in gray
is shovelware or crap.
Are you lazy and just want some quick recommendations? Okay: New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, ZombiU, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, and Rayman Legends.
On the Horizon
- Nintendo Land
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii U*
- Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Sonic & All-Stars: Racing Transformed* (it's really cheap on Steam now)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2*
- Assassin’s Creed III*
- Darksiders II*
- FIFA 13
- Just Dance 4
- Madden NFL 13
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge*
- Mass Effect 3: Special Edition*
- Tank! Tank! Tank!
- Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition*
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Rabbids Land
- Skylanders Giants
- Trine 2*
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2*
- Funky Barn
- Toki Tori 2
- Nano Assault Neo*
- Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition* (An HD remake of the 3DS version)
- Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
- Game Party Champions
- Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
- 007 Legends
- Little Inferno
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
- Avengers: Battle for Earth
- NBA 2K13
- Wipeout 3 (THIS IS NOT THE RACING SERIES)
- Sing Party
- Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts
- Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
- Transformers Prime
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- ESPN Sports Connection
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate*
- LEGO City Undercover
- Game and Wario
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist*
- Pikmin 3
- New Super Luigi U*
- The Wonderful 101*
- Rayman Legends (This is the definitive version, as the touch screen stuff was half-assed on other consoles. The only other version that comes close is maybe PC because it's twenty bucks cheaper)
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (consider this a MUST BUY if you've never played it, but otherwise your purchase depends on whether or not an HD remake is worth sixty bucks)
- Disney Infinity (it's basically Skylanders from Disney, with all of the expense that infers)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Wii Party U*
- Wii Fit U
- Jett Tailfin
- Super Mario 3D World
- Super Smash Bros.
- Just Dance 4
- Mario Kart 8
- X (Xenosaga 2?)
- Bayonetta 2
- Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
Do not get attached to this thread. At some point after the Wii U launches (probably after the first holiday season), the thread will be retired.
Okay, at this point it's obvious the Wii U Thread has gotten a stay of execution. This is because the system is doing terribly and there'd be practically no Wii U talk without this thread. Do not point to this thread if we decide to shut down the mega thread for some other console. Instead, take solace in knowing your hardware isn't struggling to beat the PS Vita in sales each month. Having said that, the mod staff reserves the right to shut this thread down whenever it deems fit. Especially if behavior becomes routinely toxic.
I'd like this note in every future Wii U thread.