-by Dylan DiBona
I didn’t fully take it in until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the Wii U has been the home to countless fun-filled memories; my friends and I love the little system. After 72 hours exploring Hyrule and putting my gamepad down for what felt like the last time, I was sad. The Wii U was my second big step into the Zelda series, it’s how I played both Super Mario Galaxy games, got into Pikmin and of course spent almost 400 hours playing the new Smash Bros. Simply put, the Wii U is a great console and I don’t want my time with it to end, so I bought Bayonetta 1 & 2, and in a month or so I’ll be getting Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Am I just in denial?
When I was younger I didn’t really care when a system became obsolete, I always wanted new stuff; but now I’m old enough to feel things like sentimentality and nostalgia. Placing that ever so comfortable gamepad down for the “last time” instantly gave me flashbacks of playing Super Mario 3D World at 2am with a buddy, trying to get every Green Star. Now that the Nintendo Switch is out and about, I’m going back and bulking up my Wii U collection. Is it a smart idea?
Well, yes! In most cases, whenever a new system comes out, a game store will practically throw away their last-gen games with “buy three get two free” sales and the like. If you want to game for an extremely affordable rate and don’t care about release hype, it’s actually smartest to be a generation behind. I’ve seen deals at GameStop for an Xbox 360 and three games for less than a hundred dollars. Now remember how I said “most” cases? Nintendo isn’t like that. I’m not sure if it’s a tight grip from the company themselves or game stores realizing that Nintendo is a quality brand, but their games stay at a high forty dollars or more mostly. Collecting for their older systems may be a headache, so make sure you definitely want to.
Another reason doing something like this is a good idea is, it’s fun! I never would’ve played Bayonetta without extra incentive to fill up my Wii U shelf. It’s another example of how life or feelings can change our gaming tastes.
So will I accept the end of my Wii U? Not quite yet. I’m pretty sure the Breath of the Wild story DLC at the end of the year will be the true finale for Nintendo’s little console.
So guys have there ever been any systems you clung onto for dear life? Let me know down below and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading.