The Wii U Did 7 Things Better Than The Switch

The Wii U Did 7 Things Better Than The Switch ...

Nintendo's Nintendo Switch has been a total sales juggernaut: As of May, it had sold over 100 million units, compared to the Wii Us's 13.56 million units, making it the lowest selling console outside of the Virtual Boy.

Despite this, the Switch is not superior in every respect. There are a few minor areas in which the Wii U outperforms its competitor, ranging from the user interface to the accessibility of features. These minor advantages make playing the Wii U a unique experience on its own.

7 The Game Pad is more comfortable.

It's fantastic to be able to switch from watching the Switch on the TV to playing the game anywhere, but the Switch itself isn't the finest in terms of ergonomics. To improve this, one needs to acquire a third-party comfort grip or alternative controllers.

The Wii U Game Pad, by contrast, is a lot more comfortable. The grips on the back of the Game Pad sit in the palms of one's hand, and the triggers are indented, so that the pointer fingers hook nicely around them. This is a great way to alleviate wrist pain while playing on the Wii U for hours at a time.

6 It Has A D-Pad

The Switch Joy Cons lacks a legitimate directional pad, which has been a staple of Nintendo controllers since the Famicom/NES days. Instead, the Switch has independent directional buttons on the left Joy Con. The only way Switch owners can have a D-Pad is by purchasing another controller. The Switch Lite has a D-Pad, but it also lacks the functionality of the original Switch.

The Wii U Game Pad, however, has a directional pad right from the start. The concave design fits the thumb's finger's shape, making it ideal for the Wii Us Virtual Console Library and 2-D side scrollers, especially Shovel Knight.

5 The Buttons Are Spaced Out Much Better

The Switch is more portable than the Wii U, which required the console to be within reach of the controller to play games on it. The switches are smaller and closer together, which might not be the ideal setup for some hands.

The Game Pad's buttons are larger and more spaced out. This is an ideal setup for players with long fingers because they will not have to twist their thumbs too much to access the buttons.

4 More Controller Options

The Nintendo Switch's uniqueness is that it's modular. Each of its two Joy Cons can be attached to the Switch console, used in one hand, such as the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and can be used independently of one another. A Switch Pro is also an option, which is great for having friends over and playing the game they like.

The Wii U supports many controller choices as well. The Game Pad or a Wii U pro controller is also compatible with the system. If players wanted to play classic controller-compatible games, that was also an option.

3 Backwards Compatibility

The Switch has a great selection of games for any gamer, but it isn't backwards compatible with previous generations of consoles. Yes, Switch online has a lot of games to play, but it doesn't have any Wii titles. So if players want to play their Wii Games on a separate Wii console, they will have to do it.

The Wii U, by contrast, is backwards compatible with the entire Wii library. So on top of the Wii Us physical and digital games, the Wii U can also play the Wiis tens of thousands of titles. The Wii U also sharpens the visuals of Wii games.

2 Online Play is Free

The Switch is a bustling online community, especially when it comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The only issue is, if players want to play their games online, then they will need a Switch Online subscription. It's not that expensive, but Nintendo is forcing players to pay for something that has been free for decades.

The Wii U does not have a problem with this. As long as someone has a game that is available online, it may be played online. Some Wii U games still have an online community. For example, it is still possible to play eight-player matches in the original Splatoonand to compete in matches on Smash for the Wii U.

1 The Wii U Menu Is A Unique Experience.

The Switch's home menu is slick and minimalist. It does not require much fancy equipment, but it works fine. What it lacks, ultimately, is some personality.

The Wii U menu is much more polished, and it utilizes the console's dual-screen capabilities. The first part of the menu is a lobby that connected to Nintendo's Miiverse, allowing players to see what the Wii U community was talking about in a layout similar to apps on smartphones.