Drevin wrote:For those of you who picked one up... let's hear some initial impressions!
I can't say anything about the online because my school still sucks a big wet one when it comes to internet but as far as the rest of it goes, it's one solid console.
As mentioned before, holding the controller feels really natural. I will say after an extended period of time it'll definitely wear on you, after say maybe 2-3 hours of holding it, because it's not as light as a Wiimote, but overall it feels great.
I was never much of a graphics guy but after seeing Super Mario Bros. in HD I don't think I can go back. It just looks so good! I mean it's partially because they put in a ton of effort into the foreground and background so the detail looks great but the extra resolution really makes those things pop, even on the Gamepad.
Speaking of Gamepad play, it's pretty amazing. For those of you picking up NSMBU, playing on the Gamepad is great because you don't have to waggle; ZR or ZL can do that for you in addition to the Gamepad being able to waggle as well. In addition, you can play pretty much the entire game, as well as a few other games, on the Gamepad so I frequently turn my TV off and head on my laptop to chat with others. I have run into no problems so far with connectivity though I will say my laptop is pretty close. When I get home I'll do some testing on the range though I've heard the signal can even go through a ceiling or two depending on your floor type.
I've gotten NSMBU and Scribblenauts with Sonic Racing just for shits and giggles. If you've ever played a Scribblenauts game or just love solving puzzles creatively, get this game. It's incredibly fun, very very smooth, and the object editor is so fun to mess around with. It has a lot of depth too; in addition to changing how it looks you can change how it moves, how it can be grabbed, how it sounds, how it interacts with other objects, and even add a small script of what it does when it completes a certain action. It's very fun and being able to mess around is very addicting.
As for Mario, it's the classic Mario but with some added things to make it feel both nostalgic and fresh at the same time. The extra power the Wii U puts out allows them to do a lot with both the graphics and the puzzles/stages so I'd definitely give it a try. It's definitely the best New Super Mario Bros. yet. Baby Yoshis are so awesome. They even sing! Seriously. It's so adorable and it actually adds a nice little addition to the level songs.
Overall, Wii U is very sleek and very fun. I'll post more impressions once I get online to work.