Nintendo Wii U next-gen status debated

When we take a look at some of what is being said on social media websites about the Nintendo Wii U we can’t help feeling that this console is not being held in as high regard as it should, with many consumers questioning whether this is a current-gen system or a next generation one. While some may suggest this comes somewhere in between we understand that owners of the Wii U feel that Nintendo makes some of the best first party games and the innovative GamePad has taken this console into the next generation.

With the arrival of the new PS4 and Xbox One the Wii U has fallen further down the pecking order, but many gamers feel that the Nintendo system is a small step up from the 360 and PS3. The specs and graphics are not much different to the current systems and the option to play on the Gamepad while someone is watching the TV is bound to be a step up, but can it still be classed as a next-gen console?

The new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are rapidly catching up to the Wii U as far as sales are concerned, which is not good news for Nintendo as we enter a New Year and this has prompted some game developers to start pulling support for the struggling system, with refunds offered to customers on DLC they are not continuing to release.

In addition, the Wii U has a few first party titles coming out in 2014 and this could accumulate more business, but we are unsure whether the next-gen consoles are too much competition for Nintendo. Below this post we have embedded a video debating whether the Wii U really is a next-gen system and this six and half minute video by Techno Buffalo runs through all the positives as they contemplate this as a true next-gen console.

This brings us to a post we wrote over a year ago as we discussed whether the Wii U is first to next-gen, but still a decade too late. We mentioned comments by industry analyst Michael Pachter claiming Nintendo always arrives too late as far as releasing products onto the market is concerned.

We explained the innovative features back then and questioned whether the Wii U can attract users prior to the release of the PS4 and the Xbox One, but now they are both in circulation we are intrigued to know whether people are still going to want to buy a Wii U, even if it is remarkably cheaper than the new consoles.

While some consumers feel that the Wii U is stuck in limbo between the likes of the current and next-gen system we would like to know if you consider the Nintendo Wii U, as a next-gen console?

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