Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack - Black

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Discover a wealth of exciting new ways to enjoy home entertainment with Wii U, Nintendo's next home console. With a revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics, a whole new world of play styles and gaming possibilities is on the horizon. The time is coming to truly expand your idea about what a game console is - and can be. The system launches in 2012 and includes the new Wii U console and amazing new controller.

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Wii U Console: Premium pack includes:

  • 32 GB memory
  • Wii U Console in Black
  • Wii U GamePad in Black
  • Wii U AC Adapter
  • Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
  • High Speed HDMI Cable
  • Sensor Bar
  • Wii U GamePad Cradle (for charging)
  • Wii U GamePad Stand
  • Wii U Console Stand

A New Wii Console Experience:
According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, "Wii U redefines the structure of home entertainment by fundamentally changing how the TV, the game console and the Internet function and interact together", he continues, "The experience enabled by Wii U and its new controller takes players deeper into their games, while reaching out wider than ever before to be inviting to all kinds of gamers".
Wii U combines motion-sensing gameplay with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be paired with a new groundbreaking controller, with its 6.2-inch wide screen. Previously, video games played on home consoles have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multiplayer environment. The Wii U controller enhances that experience with different viewpoints available in-game and in differing games/game situations. Also, watching TV and playing console games have been completely separate experiences. The new controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience.

Within Single Player Games:
While in-game, the new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV. The information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope.

Within Multiplayer Games:
The player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV creating a wider variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.

The New Controller
In addition to its 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controller button scheme -- two analogue Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons -- will enable a breadth of gameplay experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated video game players. The Wii U system can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers and is backward compatible to all Wii games and all Wii accessories. The Wii console has sold more than 86 million units globally and greatly expanded the overall audience for video games. Wii U aims to expand that audience even further.

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  • PEGI 7
Main Language:
  • English
Platform:
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5

Delivery

Excellent service, delivered on time, well packed Than You

16 December 2013 by

5

Kids are delighted with Wii U console,however might suggest choice of titles for inclusion in pack.

1 July 2013 by

5

Excellent

The Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack was for my son's 8th birthday. I'm so happy with my purchase it is worth every penny! I will definitely be buying from Zavvi again. They offer good prices and an excellent delivery time. Thanks again Zavvi.

29 April 2013 by

5

Brilliant console, great service from Zavvi

This Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is brilliant! I advise anyone to buy it, don't hesitate over thinking about next gen Xbox/Playstation, this will be able to stand up to them!

22 April 2013 by

5

Buy it here now!!

The Wii U Console is as good as you've heard elsewhere. The Nintendoland game proves this. I'm waiting for Wii Fit U especially. Be aware that while an upgrade function from Wii exists, not all content can be transferred e.g while you gain with Wii U channels for Netflix & You Tube, you lose (for the moment) BBC iplayer. Miiverse is miles better than the Nintendo channel, and TVii is also coming. It's great that if the console is downstairs, the gamepad still works upstairs if you don't need the TV to play.

18 March 2013 by

5

fantastic again from nintendo

Wii U is a great console the Wii in HD with loads of great games to come like Mario and Mario kart and many others. If you liked the Wii you will love this get one.

15 March 2013 by

5

Interesting hardware

Wii U Console is a great piece of hardware, hopefully game developers can unleash the potential. Portable screen that can be used for games and tv around the house, even if someone else is using the TV the Wii U is hooked up to. With Pikmin 3, Monster hunter ultimate and fire emblem coming this year the future looks good too.

13 March 2013 by

5

new wii u

I was very suprised by the wii u having owned the wii previously and to be honest not playing it much. The wii u is much more fun the asymmetric gameplay with included nintendoland is great fun with the kids. This is where the wii u is exceptional playing as a group with local multiplayer which is something microsoft and sony have moved away from in favour of online multiplayer. Speaking of online mii verse is brilliant the whole tone is much more friendly than other online services and some of the artwork drawn using the pad is unbelievable. In short really happy with my purchase a looking forward to seeing what nintendo and other developers have in store for this console.

13 March 2013 by

4

Near perfect machine

Like many people, I had my reservations when it came to getting a WiiU or not due to the currently less than ample selection of games, but given the latest offer from Zavvi I decided to take the plunge and get one. And I am so very glad I did! Though I only have two games so far, I am fully sold on the gamepad being a great new addition to gaming with huge possibilities of what it can be used for. With games aside the system itself is absolutely amazing, from the way you can completely control all functions of your TV, to the surprisingly quick and easy to use internet browser. Not to mention all the hiden extras they don't tell you about like the ability to stream videos straight from a PC. In short, the gamepad has almost rendered my laptop completely useless. The only downsides I see are: 1. Current selection of games is a bit thin. 2. Some applications take a bit of time to load. Although there is an upcoming update that will apparently address this issue.

13 March 2013 by

5

Wii u

I purchased the Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack due to hearing about ZombiU and the new Zelda, and I don't regret it. The controls are great fun, and even my sister who isn't a gamer loves it. We always have multi-plays on Nintendo land.

13 March 2013 by

5

wii u console

The Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is a brilliant item.

12 March 2013 by

5

Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack

The Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is a brilliant console! That is all I can say.

11 March 2013 by

5

Nintendo continues innovating

I've had the machine for a while now and can say that the Wii U is yet another great little machine from Nintendo. As with all of their coinsoles though, it's setting out to do things a little differently. There is the obvious innovation in the shape of the new game pad and the Kyoto firm's insistence on sticking with existing graphics chips that hardly set the pulse racing. The biggest new feature of the Wii U for me, is the online infrastructure. As a PS3, Xbox 360, and PC gamer for the past few years, I've come to accept a certain way of gaming online. In the space of one console, Nintendo have completely changed the way I look at taking a console online. It has the usual Netflix, YouTube and lovefilm apps and a snappy little browser. But holding it all together is the MiiVerse. This new platform is absent of all the annoying, non-game related advertising rubbish that my Xbox and ps3 try to ram down my throat. Instead you have groups of miis crowding around game logos to indicate the hottest topics of the moment, complemented by what I can only describe as the natural evolution of the online forum. It's a strange hybrid of social network (albeit one specifically for games) coupled with gaming discussion, fan art produced on the tablet and videos or notes posted by the games developers. It feels so far removed from the cold, shop-window style of both Microsoft and Sony's dashboards that I honestly don't know why it hasn't been done sooner- and that's always the mark of a genius idea. Graphically the machine isn't doing anything you won't have seen before on the 360 or PS3. But there is something wonderful about seeing Nintendo's artwork in HD for the first time. Ultimately the Wii U will be left lagging behind the PS4 and new Xbox but I don't think the difference will be anything like as pronounced as the gap between the Wii and current crop of HD consoles. The games will set it apart though and the amazing game pad with its myriad functions (streaming multiplayer COD in bed on a Sunday morning is something everyone should try) will result in another slew of Nintendo greats along with plenty of third party classics as well hopefully. To summarise then, if you are looking for a big graphical leap from the ps3 or the 360 you should give the Wii U a miss. Similarly, if you are after an all-in-one media box that plays blu rays, streams from your home server and acts as a PVR, the Wii U won't be what you're looking for. If, on the other hand, you miss when games machines were primarily for playing games then you will really enjoy the Wii U. If you have to share the family tv and are tired of getting kicked off your games to let the wife watch American idol then you should also seriously consider getting one for the streaming functionality. You should also seriously consider putting a Wii U in your living room if you enjoy same-room multiplayer as Nintendo seem to really be pushing for its return with the use of the Wii U pad.

11 March 2013 by

5

Great console just needs more games

I've been enjoying playing my Wii U for a few weeks now finally I can play proper games that were only on other consoles, HD graphics are awesome the game pad takes a while to get used to but I'll get there also I'm looking forward to buying great games in the coming months, another Nintendo console that hopefully will be part of my living room for years to come.

7 March 2013 by

5

Wii u premium

The Wii U is a fantastic console with a difference the game pad . It makes the difference between Microsoft and Sony, and is a pleasure to use. Netflix is brilliant on there too.

6 March 2013 by

4

Nintendo wii u

This console offers great potential and innovation but lacks games and content currently. Still at the price it was I had to snap one up thinking of games like zelda, mario kart, super smash brothers, pikmin and super mario, I think it's worth the wait. Just hope some good games come soon to realise the potential of the machine.

6 March 2013 by

4

Good Fun

I bought this Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack for my son who is 12 years old. He says it is good, but it takes some time to set up due to the downloads. It's not an 'out of the box and start to play' console. He says the graphics are good, and an improvement on the Wii.

5 March 2013 by

5

Wii U console

I received my Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack within 2 days, with free postage. The price was brilliant. It's highly recommended.

5 March 2013 by

5

Impressive upgrade to old Wii

The Wii U is fantastic! Slightly bigger than its predecessor, but looks just as good. I got the black version, which goes very well with all the blu-ray/ surround sound/ cable box etc. The new controller takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do, its actually very good, being able to control the TV from it to change the input to the game hdmi setting, or voume, power etc. So basically, sit down with the game pad, turn on the wii U, the TV and change to the right setting without needing to get up! Brilliant! The old controllers work with the wii U too, in the same way as before. The initial set up can feel a bit slow from first turning on/ accounts/ internet set up etc, but once you've done this, its much quicker than the original wii from turning on. You can also play the old wii games, which basically restarts the console in Wii mode and looks exactly the same as before! Played mario kart without any trouble at all, except that we didn't move any save data, but you could almost certainly do that with a usb stick or something, if desired. Looking forward to some more release titles like HD Mario, mario kart, zelda etc, as currently have nintendo land, which annoyed me at first go, and since I bought mario bros wii u, haven't looked at Nintendo Land again, but it does seem a bit more like a "get to know how to use your Wii U" demo type game. But like I said, haven't spent much time on it, and it did come as part of the console, so shouldn't mark down for that! Great buy though, and great price.

5 March 2013 by

5

AMAZING

OK, so there aren't many games out for the Wii U at the minute, but they are coming. This is by far the best game console I have owned. I also have a PS3 but that doesn't come close. I have so far got Super Mario and Nintendo Land and subscribed to Netflix. I can't recommend this console enough, especially at this price!

25 February 2013 by

5

Bargin bargin bargin

I've been hunting online for a while to find the Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack and this can't be beaten, buy it now before they all go, I love this console the graphics are awesome over the wii and finely I can get Xbox games on a Nintendo system, a big contender for console of the year and onwards.

20 February 2013 by

5

Wii u Console 32GB

I bought this Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack for my son as an upgrade to the Wii. He just loves everything about it, the Game Pad is fantasic and is very easy to use, ( even for me ). The Wii U console looks very smart on his desk. This was a very good buy, and I would highly recommend it.

19 February 2013 by

5

Sons Wii U

My son (12 years) absolutely loves his Wii U. I have trouble parting him from it to do homework, eat or sleep!

11 February 2013 by

4

Brilliant console

The console was easy to set up out of the box and updated reasonably quickly. The control pad is not as unwieldy as expected given how big it is. While game pad does need charging regularly as long as you have a socket near where you play this is not a problem. The reason I have given 4 rather than 5 stars is that I have had some slight freezing issues however this seems to be software related so hopefully will be resolved before long. Nintendoland is much better than expected and far more fun than wii sport was and includes several very addictive games.

20 January 2013 by

5

great console, great service from Zavvi

This Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack has more of a family tone, but don't be put off by that. The games are great fun and engaging. Nintendoland has much more depth than you realise, and is worth having in this pack. I genuinely can't wait until they finally do Mario Cart for Wii U, as it'll be stunning.

15 January 2013 by

4

Wii U, What A Console!

I don't think it matters how old you are, this is a must have console for all Nintendo fans. The graphics are what you would expect from a HD-console and the game that you get with it (Nintendo Land) truly shows what this console is capable of. The 6.2-inch touch screen controller that you get with it fits the hands just perfectly; it'll be exciting to see what game developers will be able to do with it. If you are thinking of downloading games, then it would be worth investing in the 32GB because the update uses quite a bit of memory. It's also compatible with Wii games but at the time of writing this, you can't stream it through your tablet which is a shame.

14 January 2013 by

5

wii u

The Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is a fantastic product which my son loves. He has not stopped playing it since it arrived.

10 January 2013 by

4

Great

This Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is good hardware, with great potential for software.

8 January 2013 by

5

Fun

Great console, loads of fun!

7 January 2013 by

5

Many, many thanks for making an old man very happy. My wife loves the Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack and what's more it gives me time to do all those things us blokes like to do around our castle.

7 January 2013 by

5

lovely!

The Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack is a fantastic product! It provides hours and hours of fun! You can now make your little Mii character by taking a photo, which gave us endless fun at Christmas with my ten family members! Beware before you give it as a gift, as it takes a long time to update the console so you may wish to do this before you give it as a present .

31 December 2012 by

5

Wii U Console

I must admit I was unsure about the Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack. I'm a fan of Nintendo and have owned all of their previous consoles. The lack of a core franchise launch game really put me off buying one, but I have to say Nintendo have done it again! ZombiU is a must have game and really takes advantage of the new game pad. The online experience is a massive improvement over the Wii and at the moment is free! Roll on Aliens Colonial Marines, Zelda HD and Metroid HD!

31 December 2012 by

5

superb

I'm not a gamer myself, I bought this Wii U Console: 32GB Nintendo Land Premium Pack as a last minute gift for my 11 year old son, an avid Nintendo fan. The console was a hit.

28 December 2012 by

4

Great console!

Bought this for my fellah (and kids) for Christmas. There were a few initial problems getting it started up, something to do with connecting to our wi-fi. (luckily I have a technological wizard as a brother in law)! It takes a while to download all the info before you get going (not good for impatient young ones). Easy to transfer all our stuff from our old wii onto the wii u, in fact it was quite entertaining watching the pickmin move all the files. We've only been playing a couple of days but it has been a BIG hit in the family. Nintendoland is good fun, the new controller is really good, also like the fact my stepson can play on the wii u using the new controller but we can be watching the TV.

27 December 2012 by

4

Off on a good start

I've got to say, the Wii U Console is a good start for Nintendo's foray into HD gaming. The controller is light and when used well, it can add something rarely seen in home consoles, offering up new ways to interact with the games in question. There are still some things which need to be worked out but it looks like Nintendo has built better foundations which should see it do well in the next generation.

20 December 2012 by

5

A great new addition

Firstly, let me make it clear that I am a Nintendo fan. I have owned all their consoles since the NES. With that out of the way, I have to say that I am very happy with the WiiU. True, it doesn't have the same innovative impact as the Wii did. We're all used to the motion controls that Nintendo introduced us too years ago, and now adopted by the other consoles. We're all used to touch screens since the DS and now tablets and mobile phones all have them. The biggest innovations this time are the social integration of the MiiVerse, a very friendly and collaborative gaming social network, and the asymmetrical gameplay that Nintendo demonstrate so well in Nintendo Land. Nintendo have never really done 'online' very well, they've addressed that here with the new eShop and the MiiVerse. They've never done HD before......ticked that box too. What they add is that hard to define 'Nintendoness' that akes this a console for everyone now, as even the true gamers can get cross format releases that compete with other console versions, and in many cases improve on them. It's early days, and I am sure there is more to come. I'm loving every minute of the wait.

16 December 2012 by

4

Great but could be better.

Having used the Wii console for several years I was expecting the Wii U to offer a marked improvement but was slightly disappointed. The graphics on the Wii U are great and the game pad is a touch of genius but it is much slower than the Wii when booting up and loading games. The launch games were mostly of the same genre but Nintendo Land offers choices for all the family and is great fun. The older Wii games can be played on this console but it has to reboot into the old Wii menu to run them and the connect24 news and weather channels are no longer available. Notwithstanding these negative points the console certainly holds its own against the rival systems and is great fun to use and I would heartily recommend it for the whole family.

14 December 2012 by

5

At last

The Wii U Console definitely does not disappoint. It's light years ahead in terms of innovative game play and use of technology. Then again, a console is only as good as its games. Nintendo land is a fantastic example of how the console's game pad can change the way games are played, whilst ZombieU is brilliant for hardcore players looking for a strong, survival challenge.

11 December 2012 by

5

Wii U Premium Pack

Having received the Wii U bang on the release date, I was not sure what to expect as there has been a lot of skepticism and negative press surrounding the launch. However, once the machine was powered up and the initial update had finished, I was mightily impressed. The game pad is excellent and everything about the set up just feels right. NintendoLand is a very enjoyable compilation of mini games and there's something for everyone in it. I also ordered ZombiU and, even though the graphics are not as polished as a game might be a couple of years into the consoles life, the atmosphere and gameplay are excellent. It genuinely is a survival horror game, so don't expect to be running around with an arsenal of weapons, annihilating anything that moves. The inability to go berserk on the zombies really adds to the tension and forces to you consider your next move and think ahead. The gamepad is integral to the gameplay and tension, as when you use it for inventory the zombies can still get to you. I could go on about the Miiverse and eShop and countless other features but I'll just say one more thing: before you decide the Wii U is not for you on the strength of other peoples opinions, PLAY IT.

11 December 2012 by

4

I'm happy

The Wii U is a good console with an array of games. Nintendo Land is a good game but it's to be played with friends. I would suggest you buy an extra game with it for solo play. The ability to play with just the game pad is very welcome. Overall I'm happy and look forward to more games.

10 December 2012 by

5

Loving it!

Let's get one thing very clear, this console with Nintendo Land is a LOT of fun. I find every feature about this console to be robust and entertaining. However, it is a family console, just as every Nintendo console has been since the 80's. It is cute, it is charming and you will love it. However it is definitely not a console for technology buffs, tech heads and gamers who like their consoles gritty and grey. If you don't like smiling, then don't buy one. Everybody else can come and join the party!

10 December 2012 by

5

Perfection

Between the choices of the Wii U available, i can honestly say I chose wisely. The console itself is a dream to play, doing anything you want it to. The packaged game, Nintendoland, is just fantastic, it uses and introduces you to everything the Wii U can do in a familiar colourful environment. There is so much to choose it is impossible not to find something you like. For me the Zelda attraction is the best thing on the Wii U, especially with a friend!

10 December 2012 by

5

Magicial Machine

Nintendo have done it again, bringing a console out that is something new and different. Having a smaller screen in your grasp is great for when everyone else wants to watch TV and you want to continue gaming. With a simple swap you can move what you're playing onto the hand-held so you need never miss a moment of playing Mario! There's a great community on the Miiverse where, if you're stuck in a game, you just post what you need and other players can help you immediately. With the 32GB edition you have plenty of space for saves. Add to this that there are more 'adult' games being released for this system and it's a fantastic console to have in your home.

10 December 2012 by

5

Great Purchase!

I decided to pre order the wii u for the exclusive Nintendo developed games, as they are some of the best around. It arrived on launch day with a copy of Nintendo Land, which I have been enjoying with my family. As many of you will know, the Wii U comes with an innovative touch screen tablet style game-pad (see pics). The Wii U also backwards compatible with Wii controllers and even Wii games. You can use the Wii controllers with certain Wii U games while another player uses the 'private' Wii U tablet game-pad (which also has traditional buttons and thumbsticks), allowing for a new style of multiplayer gaming known as 'asymmetric multiplayer' and it works great! The graphics are in HD and on a par with ps3 and xbox 360. A HUGE upgrade over the Wii. I would suggest you get the premium (black) model as it has more flash memory, so more room for downloading games from the online nintendo store. But be warned, there is VERY little space for them. If you really want to download games, you will need to buy a separate external hard disk drive (look this up online for further info). If you have friends or family willing to play it with you, then I would highly recommend the Wii U. If not, I suggest you wait a few more months for more single player focused games to be released.

10 December 2012 by

5

Oh my yes.

I don't know if I've ever been as happy with a new console in my 15 years as a gamer. Nintendoland is just brimming with ideas and the Nintendo Wii U itself is a lovely, ergonomic piece of kit. Once again Nintendo have changed the game by out thinking their opponents. I recommend you purchase this, get four friends round and lose hours to Mario Chase.

10 December 2012 by

5

Wii U is Brilliant

After playing Wii U for the first time, I knew this was the console that I wanted to stick with in future. The controller is surprisingly light (even lighter than Xbox or PS3 controllers) considering that it packs motion sensors, rumble functionality, TV remote functionality and a touch screen that is large and clear as day which allows you to play games entirely off the controller. It's my favourite feature, as the Wii U does what all consoles are failing to do, try to make the most out of the TV. It comes with a punch, too. The graphical capabilities are wonderful, and no I don't care about what Microsoft or Sony will make that's more powerful later, they're gonna do too much too soon and fail. The launch library is far better than the Wii's, bar the fact we are missing a Zelda title. But I'm sure ZombiU, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Assassin's Creed 3 will see you over for a long while until the likes of Pikmin are released next year. Overall, don't think it's perfect, as there's the issue of day 1 updates taking a lot of time in order to install a feature that should already be on the freaking console to begin with, but this is a small price to pay for an otherwise great console.

10 December 2012 by

5

Brilliant!

Great successor to the original Wii. The Wii U has far superior online capabilities and the game-pad controller is surprisingly comfortable to hold. There's a good range of titles available already and more to come in the future. Definitely worth buy this Christmas. This is the better pack because Nintendoland is a title no Wii U owner should be without.

10 December 2012 by

5

Great console

Fantastic console. Looks well sleek in black though the gloss finish may attract fingerprints. The tablet controller is large and responsive. Nintendoland is great for my 6 year old and our family as a whole and can't wait to try Super Mario at Xmas. Little short of quality titles right now but once the Mariokarts, Zeldas, Metroids and other signature nineties games come out it should provide a lot of fun for years to come. 1080p over supplied HDMI cable is awesome, if long needed, and great that the new controllers are motion plus integrated. The addition of the similar-to-the-xbox360 'Pro' controller is great for 1st person shooters too. With COD, assassins creed, zombii u and aliens games, this is a console that older players can enjoy too. Great that it's backwards compatible with previous Wii (non-U) games and accessories. Only downside is that if, like us, you don't have them already, be prepared to budget a lot more for extra controllers etc. At £32 for a wii u remote (ouch), 4 of them and pro controller plus couple of nunchuks (+steering wheels?) could set you back about £200 or the cost of another Wii U basic package!!

10 December 2012 by

5

What an innovative console

The Wii U is just simply fun. I bought it with Nintendo Land which is packed with games that showcase some of the features of the innovative game-pad that comes with the console. After connecting it to the internet (which worked in the end, but took 30 minutes on the phone to Nintendo to sort) everything else has been plain sailing. I transferred my game save data off my old Wii and everything just works brilliantly. The graphics are stunning, the game play is great. The only gripes are (a) the hassle of connecting it to the internet and (b) initial load times are a little slow (but once games are loaded they are super fast).

10 December 2012 by

3

Good, but it doesn't deliver everything they promised

The Wii U is a good but not great. It has graphics and performance that are as good or better than the PS3 and Xbox, but they are not substantially better. The games console seems to be well build and is very quiet, nothing about the core system jumps out. What does jump out is the game pad (tablet controller) that comes with it. It's like having a tablet PC with joysticks to control your game with and that opens a lot of windows. It's got a big enough screen that you could happily play most games without even turning on the TV which is great, yet small enough that it doesn't feel heavy or awkward to hold. My only complaint about the gamepad is that it rattles like a can of nails. I actually thought mine had screws rattling around inside it until I compared it to a couple other gamepads that did the same thing. My big complaints about the console are down to the operating software. Much of what Nintendo promised never happened. They were going to have an innovative TV system that is basically just a universal remote that doesn't work as well as a real universal remote. They were going to let you morph photo's and draw like you can on the 3DS but that doesn't exist at all on this system. They promised a web browser but because it doesn't use flash most sites don't work. They promised youtube that you let you find the video on the gamepad and then link it to the tv but the youtube is a watered down version that does require the TV to use in any way. There is no such thing as letting your kids find the video while you watch sports and then during a break let your kids show you the video they found. Most of the great things this console promised were never delivered but the games are good and I do think it's going to be Nintendo's best chance at getting into a market for real gamers. Knowing what I know now I would have held out for another year or two and gotten the next PS or Xbox system however I'm not sad that I got it. If you love Nintendo titles and want the gamepad for gaming then get this system and you won't be disappointed. If you are after the "Extra Features" that are meant to turn this from games system into a family entertainment system then, at this point in time, you will be very disappointed. I do remain optimistic that Nintendo will fix the problems and deliver what they promised over the next few months but only time will tell.

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