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Hello! Many of you will have purchased a Wii back in 2006, and have now decided to take the plunge and get a Wii U. There is a nice price drop coming up in the UK in the form of a bundle including the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD which you should definitely check out if you are on the fence!

Where are the games now?! This is where the money lies for Nintendo, and it is only recent software that finally convinced my to pick one up... after the console has been on the market for practically a whole year! The included (deluxe bundle) Nintendo Land game was actually a lot better than I expected it to be after seeing Nintendo's laughable E3 (Electronic Entertainment Exposition) presentation last year... where they showed some fireworks going off and didn't really highlight the mini games. Mini games tend to have a bad stigma attached to them in the sense that people think of them as throwaway and not full games, but a few, (especially the Metroid mini games) kept me coming back as they simply work so well with the gamepad!! Flying around and using the Wii U gamepad to aim sounds quite cheesy on paper, but in action it is a joy to behold. No wonder Sony and Microsoft are trying to also cash in on the multiscreen formula.

Add to this Mario, Pikmin 3 and MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE, you will be having fun for many years (months, weeks? ;) ) to come! The only disappointingly buggy game I have encountered so far is Zombie U, which is probably why it is so much cheaper at £18 on amazon compared to the ridiculously high £32 for Pikmin. Guess they have to make money from somewhere though right? So suck it up and play! ;)

The one problem many people have aired around the time of the hardware launch is that Wii U optical out is missing from the console!! There are ways around this hardware limitation, however, as I did some research and obtained a HDMI matrix enabling me to get 1080P video and optical toslink audio! I've written up a thorough guide for if you have an older set of speakers like me with no HDMI input.

It would have been better (and cheaper for us!) if Nintendo had simply had hardware support for optical in the first place but as they didn't this is the only doable workaround that I am aware of, other than going completely analogue for the display and sound... which for me is a big "No, no!"

Once you have it up and running, the console itself has been a fantastic investment in my opinion - Nintendo already make a loss (or close to break even) on the sale of every console, and the price drop will further this loss - so what you get in the box is technically worth the money even if the games might be over priced!

Thanks for reading,


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