Enlarge / The Wii U’s great games will live on long after its death. (credit: Farley Santos on Flickr)
I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I suspect I’m the only person on the Ars staff who happily and without reservation plunked down for the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild instead of springing for a copy of the game and a brand-new Nintendo Switch.
Though the game was originally developed as a Wii U game, it’s clear that this version is being released almost as an afterthought. The Wii U version comes with the same content as the Switch version and the DLC will be available for both platforms, but the pricey Special and Master Editions are Switch-exclusive. Breath of the Wild will be a quiet coda for Nintendo’s least successful home console since the company helped birth the modern game industry back in the 80s. This is a system that Nintendo pretty much gave up on before concrete details on its successor had even been announced.
But somehow, I think history will vindicate the Wii U; at the very least, it should go down as a “good” failure like the Dreamcast rather than a “bad” one like the Virtual Boy. It was and is a system that’s worthy of attention, it was just done in by poor timing and messaging and a central gimmick that nobody (Nintendo included) ever really managed to figure out.
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