Nintendo is launching it’s HD next-gen Wii U console this Sunday, and several of us on staff have the system pre-ordered and are eagerly awaiting its arrival.
Unfortunately, we won’t have any reviews up at launch. For me, my pre-order isn’t expected to arrive until sometime between November 21st and November 26th. (I pre-ordered the Deluxe from Wal-Mart.com, and unfortunately it wasn’t available with a ship-to-store option).
Considering I have no classes next week, Thanksgiving week, I’m really hoping the system arrives on the 21st. Because of the unknown arrival date, I can pinpoint a specific date for our first Wii U reviews. But I can say that the first game reviewed for the next-gen console on this site will be Madden NFL 13.
Why Madden over something like New Super Mario Bros U. or ZombiU? Well for starters EA Sports was gracious enough to provide me with a review copy, which means I actually have an obligation to get that review written. Beyond that though, I’m just super interested in playing Madden 13 with the Wii U’s GamePad.
Hopefully you’ve watched the trailer above for the Wii U version. You may recall back in August I reviewed the PS3 version of the game and scored it a superb 9.5. I loved most things about the game. I’m expecting the Wii U version to be just as good, but there is always the chance it could be a bad port. I hope not. If the GamePad features like drawing routes and changing things up works as well as it should, then Wii U will probably become my go-to console for football games (I assume NCAA Football 14 will be coming to Wii U and will feature similar GamePad features).
Now I await the arrival of the system to find out if the GamePad is a game changer for a superb football game, or if it falls flat and the game itself is a bad port.