I had been looking forward to another great year with my PS3; I was enjoying Far Cry 3, working on a ghost run on Dishonored, and really excited about Bioshock Infinite and GTA V coming out. And then it happened. Once, twice my PS3 shut off randomly, and before I realized I should back up my data, YLOD!
Frantically, I searched for a solution. I'd had my PS3 for four and a half years. I thought that I would have already gotten YLOD if it was going to happen to me, so I had never really researched what to do about it. After looking at various repair options, it became clear to me that the only sure-fire solution was to buy a Slim. I started looking at prices, but even the cheapest vendors were charging north of $200. At that point I thought "if I'm gonna buy a new console, I might as well buy a new console."
After much deliberation and self-negotiation, I decided to buy a Wii U. I'd missed out on quite a few quality titles since I'd sold my Wii. Since the Wii U is backwards compatible, I'd finally get to play Skyward Sword, DKC Returns, and Mario Galaxy 2 just to name a few. Also, people talk shit about the Wii U's game library, but I honestly don't know what they're talking about. As it stands, the Wii U has 7 games I'm interested in--Mario U, ZombiU, Darksiders 2, Assassin's Creed 3, Batman, Trine 2, and Little Inferno. There are also three games on the horizon that I'm interested in--Rayman Legends, Bayonetta 2, and Pikmin 3. That's 10 games within the first half year of release. I don't think I've ever had five games within the first year of a console's life, let alone 10. Yeah, I'd have to play Bioshock Infinite and GTA V at a friend's house, but I could live with that. And, even if the PS4 shuns backwards compatibility, any soon-to-be-released games will probably (hopefully) be available for digital download real cheap on next gen systems.
So, I went to Target and bought a Wii U and Mario U. It was quite a different experience from when I bought the Wii. I remember going to another Target in February of 2007 and standing in line before the store opened because I'd gotten a tip that the store had just gotten a shipment of Wiis. This time around things were a lot simpler, I walked into the store around 2, asked for a Wii U, picked out the one I wanted, and walked out within 10 minutes. I was a bit concerned that there doesn't seem to be the same craze around the Wii U as there was around the Wii. In fact, I've had a suspicion that the Wii U might end up being Nintendo's Dreamcast. But, I really didn't care. I was mainly looking for something that's going to keep me busy until the PS4 and NextBox are reasonably priced, not something that's necessarily going to last me another 10 years.
So far, I'm really enjoying the Wii U. Mario U is a FANTASTIC title. The game isn't too hard (especially for those of us who have ventured through the Mushroom Kingdom before), but I'm having a lot of fun searching for star coins as I go, which adds quite a bit of challenge. Each level has a unique feel to it and it's really rewarding when you finally find star coins and other secrets. I also like the feature with other people's comments on each level, it's interesting seeing what other people thought when they played through a level and fun thinking up something clever to say after finishing a level. On that note, playing around on MiiVerse is also a lot of fun. I've mainly looked at the Mario U community so far, which is kind of hard to keep up with since that seems to be the most popular game. But, it looks like it could be a more rewarding experience with "quieter" game communities.
A lot of people have complained about the OS being really slow, but I honestly haven't had a problem with it. This might just be because I'm so used to using my SLOW laptop. The apps I've tried work pretty well. YouTube cut out on me once, but I haven't had any problems since. I'm streaming American Dad on HuluPlus right now and it's working fine. I've also heard about the system update taking forever. It took about an hour for me, which was a lot quicker than I had expected. The shop is pretty easy to use and I'm downloading Trine 2 right now. It took me a minute to figure out how to check my download progress, but other than that i haven't had any problems.
It really is tragic that my PS3 failed me because I loved that console. That being said, I really like the Wii U so far. Of course, I've only had it for three days, so there's still plenty of time for me to have a change of heart, but for now I'm looking forward to spending at least a few good years with Nintendo's new console.