I was amongst the few who managed to get a brand spanking new Nintendo Wii U console the week of its release date. The console has become more and more difficult to get hold of, and it will only grow more tedious as the holidays draw in on us.
However, with being one of the lucky ones, I had to mention that the new
system, 32GB or 8GB, it does not matter; this console has one major
flaw that has new owners of the system raving mad.
The Game Pad
Now do not get me wrong, the new game pad that comes with the Nintendo
Wii U is nothing short of gnarly, with a beautiful 6.2 inch responsive
and flawless touch screen stealing all of the attention. It's
interesting, and reeks of divine technology, but with that said, the
game pad has a battery life that touches in at just around 3 hours even
on a full charge.
Gamers, especially those who just picked up the new console are bound to
waste away way more than just 3 hours trying to make their way around
the new controls, and toying with the new on screen applications. What
an unpleasant surprise that the game pad only gives 3 hours of game play
till it turns black.
Talks of possible higher end game pads that are less lower end in
quality, and have more battery life being sold in the future has been
mentioned amongst gamers most wanted wish list for the Wii U.
Besides the poor battery life, the Wii U touch screen game pad has a few other flaws that need to be mentioned.
Although the game pad is sleek, with a nice design and feel. The
undeniable fact is that the controller feels very low in quality, with
lightweight plastic that feels cheap in your hand. I imagine a spill to a
hard floor and it could easily crack.
The touchscreen itself is also quickly scratched with lots of use. If
you plan on getting a Wii U, please make sure you pick up a screen
protector, as I have managed to scratch mine after just 4 uses.
The next issue that I am sure will be quickly remedied, is the fact that
you cannot find game pads being sold separately at this time. If you
break your game pad before Nintendo releases a stand alone game pad for
purchase, you are out of luck. Or you will be forced to buy a brand new
console. So if you pick up a Wii U early on, be sure to baby that game
pad until Nintendo begins selling them alone. God only knows what the
game pad pricing will be either if you would ever need to replace yours.
My guess would be in the $120.00 range, possibly more.