Gamers love new consoles, there’s no feeling like getting home from a launch and plugging your new baby up for the first time. When the Wii U launches, many will camp outside their local game store, most will use cash, debit, or credit to pay for their new toy. But they’ll probably be at least a few gamers with PS3s, Xbox 360s and tons of games ready to trade them in towards the purchase of a Wii U. Well.. this would be a huge mistake, here’s why you shouldn’t trade in your current consoles for a Wii U.
When the Wii U hits shelves a decent amount of the launch titles will be ports of existing games. It makes no sense to get rid of your current console(s) to play games that are already available. Slightly better graphics isn’t good enough; you should demand completely new games.
Sadly, what we’ll see is ports with a lame tagline added to the end of their name, and some tacked on touchscreen controls. I don’t know about you—but I’m not too excited for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations “Animus Edition”.
If the PS4 or Next Xbox came out today no one would have the right to complain because their predecessors had a great run. The same can’t be said for the Wii U—the original never reached its full potential because it was handicapped from the start. During the Wii’s lifetime it’s only had about a dozen or so “must have” games (this is my opinion, I’ve owned one since 2007). And now it feels like Nintendo isn’t even trying when it comes to the Wii, the same could happen with the Wii U. Why trade in a PS3 that will have a 10 year life-cycle for something that Nintendo will pull the plug on in 5-6 years?
The perfect time to buy a Wii U is when the PS4 and Next Xbox come out. By then the price of the system should fall, because there’s no way Microsoft or Sony will price their new consoles above $399, that’s the sweet spot, Sony learned this the hard way, and it’s a mistake they won’t repeat (Microsoft won’t attempt a high price either). If the Wii U is in within $100 of these new consoles, Nintendo will have a tough time moving units. That’s why it needs a $250 price point à la Wii. This price probably won’t happen at launch—but Nintendo will have to lower its price when it’s no longer the most powerful console on the block.
Finally, the number one reason you shouldn’t trade in your PS3 or Xbox 360 for the Wii U is… you’ll miss out on some good exclusives. That’s why the only time you should even think about trading them in is when their successors are on the market. I like Nintendo first party games as much as the next gamer—but they rely too much on rehashes and they only release a few great titles a year. You’d be doing a disservice to yourself as a gamer if you owned a Wii U exclusively.