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5 Reasons the Wii U Is Better Than the Nintendo Switch

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, was a greatly anticipated gaming system that enjoyed huge success with titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Over 55 million Nintendo Switches have been sold worldwide (as of May 2020, according to Nintendo Life), since being released in March 2017.

The Nintendo Wii U, an upgrade from the Wii, has a sales count of 13 million in comparison, over three quarters fewer than the newer Switch.

Though this would make the Switch a more financially successful console, I actually believe that the Wii U was better. Here are five big reasons why.

1. Online Mode Was Infinitely Better on the Wii U

One of my favourite things about settling down of an evening in the early 2010s was chatting and playing with friends, either people I knew in person or those I'd met playing Smash or Kart. I'd shoot their little Mii a message asking if they wanted a round, and we'd be happily battling or racing a few minutes later.

Nintendo really messed up with Switch online, because there is no way to contact people on your friends' list. You can't even send them a virtual gaming invitation like you can on the PlayStation 4. So what's the point in adding people, especially those I've found in-game, if there's no way to contact them afterward?

1.5 Online Was Free on the Wii U

There's really no arguing with this. Wii U Online came free as long as you had an internet connection. For the Switch, we have to pay. Not only that, but we need to be able to communicate with our friends outside the console. Not easy when I'm looking to replay a foe in Smash or trade some Pokémon in Let's Go. Sort it out, Nintendo.

2. It Could Play Gamecube Games (With Some Modding)

The original Wii console could play Gamecube games, which was great when revisiting some classics. The Wii U could actually do this, too, as long as you installed a modification.

Nintendo must have panicked at this, because they've switched (ha!) back to DS-style contraptions instead of discs. No chance of playing Pikmin on the Switch, then.

3. The Input Lag in the Switch is Shocking

The Switch's input lag drives me crazy, especially when playing Smash online. After playing the PlayStation 4 for a while, having that small delay between pushing a button and having the character actually react to it on-screen feels like a broken console from the '90s.

Seriously, when I want Kirby to dodge, I expect him to dodge on time, not when I've already been smacked around by a foe! Even after buying a new controller, the Switch's incessant input lag makes me wish I'd spent my money elsewhere.

4. Let's Face It, the Miiverse Was Fun

I remember being quite sad when the Miiverse and Wii U's shop was shut down. Though they leaned a little towards the cringe side, the Miis were a cute addition to Nintendo and fun for the more family-oriented games like Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and Wii Sports.

Miis are still used on the Switch... sort of. You can make your avatar for your profile and even get your Miis to fight in Smash. But it just isn't the same. Perhaps it's just the nostalgia talking, but I miss the welcoming patter of tiny Mii feet when powering up the console.

5. WindWaker Was On The Wii U

Fine, fine, this isn't a real reason. But I miss the older Zelda games. You can't play Ocarina of Time, WindWaker, Majora's Mask, or Twilight Princess on the Switch, whereas you could on the Wii U (either with the Virtual Console or with the Gamecube mod).

You could also download some awesome old Nintendo 64 games such as Yoshi's Story, Super Mario 64, and Pokémon Snap. Yeah, the Wii U was great.

Some might suggest that this is an unpopular opinion, but I bet there are others out there who miss the Wii U and are comparing it to the new, arguably overrated Switch. The Switch isn't a terrible console, but it seems fans are being a bit harsh towards the Wii U. I'll always be a fan, and always feel a bit "meh" towards the Switch.

© 2019 Poppy


Ur mom on July 13, 2020:

Obviously the Wii U is better.

JohnJohn on July 12, 2020:

Wii U is better without a doubt.

EvaloutionX on July 08, 2020:

Oh ok lmao. The Wii U is still better than the Switch and will always be.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 06, 2020:

I'm saying it isn't worth me buying a Wii U because I already have too many games.

EvaloutionX on July 06, 2020:

I have no idea what u mean.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 05, 2020:

I already have too many games haha

EvaloutionX on July 05, 2020:

Then buy it by selling one of the things u no longer need.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 04, 2020:

Hi! Unfortunately, I don't have a Wii U anymore. Selling it was a terrible mistake!

EvaloutionX on July 04, 2020:

Btw do u play Mario Kart 8 Wii U? If so, let’s play together one day. I am really good at the game so good luck.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 27, 2020:

I agree!

EvaloutionX on June 27, 2020:

The Wii U is better than the Switch. I have no idea why people don’t see that. I mean people only like the Switch cause it is cool looking and had better games but tbh the Wii U had better games. The Wii u had a huge library of games and u can play Wii games, DS games and even SNES games. They really messed this up with the Switch. And this Switch is better than Wii U thing should stop.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 23, 2020:

You... forgot you're 8...

??? on June 23, 2020:

Sorry I haven’t played the Wii U so I voted nintendo switch(I forgot I’m 8)

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 07, 2019:

Hi, Angel! The Switch isn't a bad console by any means, and there are many great games for it. I think another reason the Wii U didn't sell well was because it wasn't much more than an updated Wii. I hope your son gets his Switch soon!

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on June 06, 2019:

My 5 year old son wants a Nintendo Switch. We have a Wii U and I worked for Nintendo promoting the Wii U a couple of marketing events. The Wii U is a great system but it suffered by not much 3rd party support. I almost feel it was Nintendo's Sega Dreamcast. Most likely I'll buy a Switch sometime later this year. Great read. You should have mentioned Nintendoland and Super Mario 3D World.