I have come into possession of a Wii U.
It’s the younger, trendier brother of the original Wii, and it comes with a special “game pad” in the box. It’s quite the thing, with a tablet-sized display embedded in it. Well, okay, a small tablet-sized display. Still, it’s a unique device as we’ve come to expect of Nintendo. It does allow for some nice features and functionality though.
Perhaps most significantly, the display on the game pad can act as the sole display for the console. Games can be played on the controller itself, so the need for a television screen is gone. Of course it’s still much nicer to be playing on the big screen, but when someone wants to watch TV, you can simple switch the source on the monitor and continue playing by looking at the controller.
“But then it’s just a big handheld, isn’t it?” Well yeah, in a sense. Your game still runs on the big bulky console, but you can walk around the room (not the house, its range isn’t that good) with the controller and play like it’s a big handheld. It plays around the limits of traditional consoles, in that regard.
Definitely another fun casual machine, can’t wait to play more than Smash 4.