Fighting for the Throne in the Gaming Arena: Nintendo Wii U vs. Microsoft Xbox 360

By on Apr 18th, 2013.

The new vs. the old—this comparison might look something like that to some readers, and that is true. The Microsoft Xbox 360 has been in the gaming market for several years now. And while Nintendo has been here for long with its original Wii, its Wii U update has been launched only late last year. This would have naturally come with some excitement for many gamers, especially for Nintendo loyalists. After all, who doesn’t want something new when it comes to gaming?

Earlier this year, however, news broke that the newest Wii U was lagging in sales and was doing quite slow in the market, with the Xbox 360 selling more than thrice the number of units compared to the U. Is it simply the 360’s age that’s contributing to its credibility, or is there something lacking in the Wii U? In this article, we’ll compare these two gaming machines and see where they excel (and fail) when it comes to the gaming aspects that affect users the most.

xbox 360PERFORMANCE and FEATURES

Nintendo has incorporated some pretty interesting features in its new Wii U. Its tablet-style controller is a unique feature that cannot be found in other gaming machines. This touch-screen controller provides a means of viewing the game from another angle, which is a source of interest and fun among many gamers. The said device can also be used as a remote, and this add-on makes it possible to switch from game to TV shows in an instant. If you’re playing on the TV and someone wants to watch a TV show, you can easily switch to the gamepad for your game and let that person watch his show—you can do this without even getting out of your seat.

That last feature can also be found in the Xbox 360, and it offers different ways of connecting to your HDTV. And even though the 360 doesn’t have the touch screen feature of the Wii U, its Kinect console allows for playing games without the need for your controller. It comes with a sensor that allows you to ‘actually’ play—a unique adventure and gaming experience that 360 followers have come to love.

wii uRANGE of GAMES AVAILABLE

Game choices is another area in which the Nintendo Wii U is lacking. It has new games in store for Nintendo players, but many of these games have long been in the Xbox 360. You can attribute this to the 360’s long standing in the market and to the online support that Microsoft offers for Xbox

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users. Its Xbox Live service boasts not only of a huge collection of games (which can be played online) but also of movies, music, and TV programs. These make the Xbox 360 not just a game machine but also a complete entertainment center. The Nintendo Wii U doesn’t have this much range, although its games are varied enough as to cater to different gaming personalities and interests. That, however, does not seem to suffice for many gamers, and Nintendo has some more work to do to meet gamers’ demands.

As of now, Nintendo has announced the release of updates to the Wii U sometime this month. Updates will include the Virtual Console, which will allow users to play classic games in the U, as well as background download to address downloading issues in the present U (and enable downloading even while you’re playing and even with the Wii U off).

For now, though, these are just plans, so we can’t make updated actual comparisons until the new upgrades are released. If you’re a hard-core gamer, the Microsoft Xbox 360 will be a great choice. However, if you are a Nintendo fan and you want the latest in the gaming industry, you can get the Nintendo Wii U or wait for the upgrades Nintendo is planning before buying. You will find a wide range of options when you check out Geekie Store.

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