5 Reasons the Wii U Is Better Than the Nintendo Switch

Updated on June 7, 2019
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Poppy lives near Tokyo and likes to read novels and play video games, especially fantasy RPGs.

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 34 million Nintendo Switches have been sold worldwide (as of March 2019, according to Nintendo Enthusiast), since being released in March 2017.

The Nintendo Wii U, an upgrade from the Wii, has a sales count of 13 million in comparison (according to VG24/7), nearly two thirds less than the newer Switch.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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      • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

        Poppy 

        2 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

        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!

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        Angel Guzman 

        2 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

        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.

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