Let's talk quantity. Roughly 21 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold since it's introduction to the market and the Xbox One has had over 12 million units sold also. Trailing behind both of them is Nintendo's Wii U, with around 9.5 million consoles sold. That's still a great amount of sales. However, the Wii U was the first of this generation's consoles to hit the shelves - it cannot be denied that the lower sales indicate gamers are opting for other mediums or consoles to play on instead. This may be partly due to the growing popularity of PC gaming.
However, the console is certainly not inadequate in today's gaming market. It has features and perks enough that I opted for it over it's competitors. To be honest I've never regretted that choice. On paper, this console should sink against it's competitors, but a number of elements keep it afloat with a growing fan base.
Nintendo had not previously done DLC. There was the eShop, used to buy virtual console games and other items. I was skeptical upon hearing the news Nintendo would join the DLC bandwagon, but the content you can purchase for many games is justifiable. Nintendo's DLC is not required to get all you want out of the game, it just allows you to put more hours into the games you already enjoy. The use of Wii U DLC is demonstrated well in one of the newest Zelda games. Hyrule Warriors was certainly a step away from classic Zelda. It mixed the fast-pace of Dynasty Warriors with a few of the puzzle and combat elements from the Zelda games of the past. Once you sink your teeth into it though, the game is really enjoyable. I sped through the main campaign in just under a week using almost all the combatants that the base game offers. The Wii U's DLC provides the opportunity to expand on that, with new characters and weapons. Some of it is mere aesthetics, such as Ocarina of Time skins for characters. For the most part, it provides new characters such as Young Link and Twili Midna with new combos and play styles. The DLC for this Wii U game certainly adds some new dimension to it, and I believe products like this to be a positive step for Nintendo and their consoles.
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Maybe it's not everyone's favourite, and maybe it won't win this console war, but there's reason enough to get a Wii U. I won't be getting either of it's competitors anytime soon. That's not out of protest and not because I'm a long-term Nintendo fan. It's simply that the Wii U offers everything I want from console gaming in this day and age.