In case all the uninformed people aren't aware, Nintendo rushed this console to make sure it comes out before next gen consoles. There have been tons of similiar issues with games. Expect another huge update soon and remember that this is pretty new tech. I'm more concerned that you bought the Wii HD (i.e. Wii U) for games. If you want games then go with the XB360. I feel like people that buy the Wii HD have no clue what they are getting themselves into. When Zelda HD is out then I will definitely pick it up but for right now this is a horrible investment.
I have a 360. And a pc. And we play games on those as well.
We happen to like the Nintendo 1st party stuff too. And play a good chunk of the 1st party releases on the Nintendo consoles (and handhelds to a lesser degree.)
The Wii U was never an "investment." And with any console purchase this early in the lifecycle you are definitely opening up yourself to early adopter pains like possible bugs, hardware failures/problems and lack of games to play. The bugs generally get stamped out after time. The hardware problems get ironed in minor and major hardware revisions, but are covered under warranty for us early adopters and the games worth playing gradually add up. You never know how it is going to turn out though. So there is risk. There definitely is less risk and it is much cheaper to wait a good 3 years before jumping on a console though. I have done that before too. But I got the money. I mean the console is most likely going to take a few years to hit $200 so paying $150 to play it a few years early is nothing. The game are the most expensive thing. But if you manage the purchase well and resale of them well then you control those costs somewhat. I often resell games a bit quick and sometimes buy them back later years later when they drop way down in price.
Anyway quite a bit less mad now because my replacement Wii U has done a 180 since my previous post. I tested it again after that some hours later and played the F-Zero mini game and it worked perfect. Not sure why exactly yet. I have 3 thoughts. First the replacement Gamepad arrived with a completely dead battery and my original test was seconds after plugging it into the wall. Not enough charge or cable causing problems? Second I had a relevation that I had needed to hold the Gamepad up higher so it had a cleaner line of sight to the sensor bar which made me realize my sensor bar is higher up now that my tv is mounted on the wall. Possible cause? Not sure. My TV was lower on a stand for most of the first 45 days I owned the Wii U before it started having problems.
Third I recalibrated the Gamepad while in the Wii U menu before performing my 2nd successful test run. I held down the Home button and while pressing the Y+B buttons for 5 seconds to bring up the calibration menu. I came across this on the internet. It didn't seem like a different calibration setup than the one I was doing constantly while in-game during F-Zero, but it is a step that I had not taken before.
I am going to play around in the next few days to see if I can figure out why the replacement Gamepad wasn't working initially. But mostly happy camper now except I need to bug Nintendo about sending me a dirty scuzzy console and not a shiny brand new one.
Last edited by trip1eX; 01-22-2013 at 11:16 PM..