After using the Wii U for about a week, I've had a decidedly mixed experience.
The positive future-forward idea of a tabletlike GamePad that works away from the TV, Nintendo's fun family-oriented ideas of same-room party play -- well, so far, those benefits have been outweighed by a lot of question marks.
You've probably heard about some of the issues in our still-unfolding Wii U review. The Wii U, as it currently stands, is a new game console that's in need of a confidence boost. It needs to compete against the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and even Apple's devices, and be good enough to succeed.
Here's what I think it needs most, and what's standing in the way of success. (Credit: CNET)
Better battery life for the GamePad. This is a big, big deal. The included GamePad, which is the only controller that the Wii U comes packaged with, may be futuristic and fun to play with, but its 2 to 5 hours of battery life pales in comparison to a regular Wii remote, not to mention any other wireless game controller, or even tablet. My typical night gaming session is at least several hours. The GamePad can barely survive without a recharge, and it can't be plugged in to the Wii U to do so... [Read more]