...and here's what I think of it so far. ^_^
Last week, I was having a particularly crappy day, and I was like, I need something to lift my spirits. And, since I've wanted a Wii U for a little while now, I decided to go ahead and get one. Better late than never. >_<
I *really* like it. I mean, it feels so good to play. I was worried that the controller would be big and heavy, or feel too wide (like I was playing with a cereal box or something ) but thankfully none of that was true. The controller is surprising light in the hand and feels really good! Also, the 'play games while looking at the gamepad instead of the TV' thing that I thought I would never use, I use ALL THE TIME. I often play in bed and when I get too sleepy, I just put the controller aside. It's been really cool! So far, I'm loving it!
SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD
One of the games that came pre-installed in the system (the other being NintendoLand) was Super Mario 3D World. Let me just say -- it's fantastic. Just mind-blowingly fantastic. The art design, the music, the controls, the power-ups, the absolute joy in everything that's happening -- just freakin' amazing across the board. I'm already at World 3 and look forward to playing more! Wow, it's so good. It feels really good to be really into a game again, and have it be a platformer! Quite frankly, they don't make games like these any more, so to see one that is done this well - is just fantastic. No exaggeration - it brought tears to my eyes. It's just wonderful.
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY - TROPICAL FREEZE
I also picked up this game and started playing it. I must say -- I'm a bit disappointed. Especially since the original Donkey Kong Country for the SNES is my **favorite game**. I started to second guess myself - "Maybe I don't really like 'Donkey Kong Country' after all". Of course I still love it, but it made me stop and think: Why was I not connecting to this game? Here are a few of the reasons I came up with:
1.) In the Donkey Kong Country games, I exclusively played as Diddy Kong (not Donkey Kong). Diddy is faster and in my opinion controls better. But in this new game, that's not an option. Thus, I have to play as Donkey - which annoyed me more than I thought it would.
2.) The controls are not immediately intuitive and wonderful (like in 'Super Mario 3D World'). It's 'A' or 'B' to jump (that's fine), but then it's 'X' to roll AND ground-pound. So, I often end up unintentionally rolling off something if I haven't completely stopped moving. And the momentum with the roll is HUGE. It feels like something akin to Super Meat Boy - I really don't like how 'turned to eleven' the momentum of the roll-jump is.
Then, it's 'ZR' (right trigger) to hold onto vines or pick something up. So, when jumping from vine to vine, you need to hold down 'ZR' but at times you need to hit 'X' while holding 'ZR' down, and then pressing 'A' to jump off --- ugh --- the controls very quickly felt unnatural and overwhelming. What's interesting is that 'Super Mario 3D World' has an IMMENSE amount of variety - but never once felt overwhelming (at least not yet - I haven't beaten it).
3.) The level design is not what I wanted (I hope this improves as the game goes on). Clearly it's good - but it relies more on memorization than seeing situations and adjusting/changing behavior based on what you understand.
If Mario felt like this... I honestly would have taken the system back. I'm so glad that I have at least ONE game I love on the system right now. Looking forward to getting 'Bayonetta 2', 'Splatoon' and 'Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker'. And I think 'Super Mario Maker' comes out in September. I hope that's good. ^_^
Anyway, just sharing some thoughts and hope you all are doing well. Much love and I'll talk to you soon!