Time for a little positive thinking. (I deserve this after a month of Family Guy posts. Just let me have this.)
With November 22nd now past us, the big three have all released their eighth-generation consoles. Notably, November saw the release of two of those three consoles within a week of one another, and both have reportedly broken the “million units sold” mark. Which console won the first fight in the latest and greatest war yet? Which one will go on to claim true victory over all others?
Frankly, I could care less. Right now the Wii U’s the winner in my book.
That’s not to say that the PS4 or Xbox One are worthless or useless. And that’s not to say that the Wii U’s flawless, or that it’ll suddenly overwhelm the competition to become a financial juggernaut (though that’d be totally awesome and I kind of hope it happens). But when I look at the games for the “real” consoles and see games that are getting browner, grayer, duller, shootier, stabbier, and microtransactionier…well, I hope you’ll forgive me for not exploding with hype. (Seriously, you know your console’s messed up when new technology makes it HARDER to do colors.) Comparatively, Nintendo’s first real step into the HD generation has given us colors, aesthetics, imagination, and a level of splendor that almost heals the wounds left by DmC. Almost.
So you know what? It’s almost Christmas. Let’s make it a special one, and gab about Wii U games -- starting with the kinda-sorta fantastic Super Mario 3D World. Because as it turns out, it’s fantastic in a way you’ll never see coming.