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Video games!  We talk a whole lot about World of Warcraft Classic, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Control!  Oh yeah, and I guess there was a big Nintendo Direct this last week or something.

Big shout-out to our hero of the week for this week: The twitter account “Can You Pet The Dog!

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Kam Konek & Thomas Egan

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music by Lifeformed

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

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Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

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Social Media @GamerHeroesPod | @GG_Kansas_City | @tegannotsara1 | @TheKamdyman

The Dark Souls of Urination

We’re back for Episode 101!  We talk about the hype leading up to World of Warcraft Classic, the Solstice of Heroes event in Destiny 2, and what games we’re looking forward to over the next year or so! Gamescom 2019 and Nintendo Indie World announcements, too!  Shout-out to the urination mechanic in Death Stranding, I guess?

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Kam Konek & Thomas Egan

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music by Lifeformed

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

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Social Media @GamerHeroesPod | @GG_Kansas_City | @tegannotsara1 | @TheKamdyman

Who is Your Gamer Hero?

We made it!  Sound the air horns! Episode 100 has arrived!  A big shout-out to each and every one of you for allowing us to continue bringing this show to you (mostly) weekly.  We literally couldn’t have done it without you.

This week, we have a very special episode for you, featuring some very special guests answering one question: Who is your Gamer Hero?

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this project:

Go give them all the love and support you possibly can!  They all deserve it! Who is your personal Gamer Hero?  Let us know by tweeting @GamerHeroesPod

We’d love to hear about it! Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music:

  • Lifeformed
  • Music from https://filmmusic.io
    “Beauty Flow” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

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Social Media @GamerHeroesPod | @GG_Kansas_City | @tegannotsara1 | @TheKamdyman

E3 2019 Recap

It’s time!  E3 2019 has come and gone, and you get the opportunity to have it summarized by three guys who didn’t attend! Come hang out for TWO HOURS while we talk about our favorite moments from the show!

Links are below for the articles we used for our recap!  Go give ’em a click!

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

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Sources:

EA: https://www.gamesradar.com/ea-e3-2019/
Microsoft:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/microsoft-xbox-e3-2019/
Bethesda:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/bethesda-e3-2019/
Ubisoft:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/ubisoft-e3-2019/
Kinda Funny Games Showcase:
 https://www.onlysp.com/kinda-funny-games-showcase-e3-2019-all-games-list/
Square-Enix:
 https://www.gamesradar.com/square-enix-e3-2019/
Nintendo: 
https://www.gamesradar.com/nintendo-e3-2019/

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Host Kam Konek

Guests Jimmy Hart, Chris Mowry

Editor Kam Konek  

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Puzzling Bonds

Apologies for the audio quality issues!  They’ll be fixed next week, we promise.  🙂

Also light spoiler warning for Undertale in the first half of the episode.  Just FYI.

This week, Thomas played Undertale on a livestream with no commentary! Kam is hopelessly addicted to manual labor and social interaction in Stardew Valley!  An eternal friendship is forged through an unlikely source: Tetris Plus. We also take some time to talk Super Mario Maker 2, and Sony and Microsoft playing friendly!  We recorded this podcast in the pouring rain and thunder because we’re CRAZY!

Got questions to ask the hosts?  Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

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Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Review

Live action Pokemon? Yeah, we went there. This week, we bring Gamer Heroes co-host Kam Konek in to discuss Pokemon: Detective Pikachu in all its HD glory. We also talk news including the newly announced Mortal Kombat movie, the Honey I Shrunk the kids sequel, Disney’s Hulu takeover and rumored Wolverine casting.

What did you think of Detective Pikachu? Do you want to see move in this universe? Hit us on on Twitter or Facebook!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0eK6BHFwO2hrM92kbjLtbu

Spreaker: bit.ly/ScreenHeroesSpreaker

Google Play: bit.ly/ScreenHeroesGooglePlay

RSS Feed: bit.ly/ScreenHeroesRSS

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Review

2019 Game Releases Check-in

EDITOR’S NOTE: We ran into some issues during that we didn’t catch until after everything was exported.  Occasionally, you may here brief sections of conversation where the audio drops out and unfortunately we couldn’t recover it.  The issue has been addressed for the future. So we likely won’t run into this again.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, friends!

In this week’s episode, Kam talks Persona 5 Royal and Thomas talks Hearthstone. It’s like nothing’s changed!  We also realized that too many games have been announced and decide to go through the remaining list of 2019 game releases!

Are there any video games you’re looking forward to in 2019?  Anything a must buy? Let us know by tweeting at us @GamerHeroesPod and we could feature your picks on the next episode!

Feel free to give us some love on our socials! 

You could even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

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Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

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Social Media @GamerHeroesPod & @GG_Kansas_City

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Thomas and Kam are joined this week by their friend Liang to discuss the news of the week!  Enjoy truly riveting conversation on the new Pokemon games, the nature and legitimacy of eSports, and a look at their most anticipated games of 2019! Why is the title of this episode a very small, very dumb joke Kam made in this episode?  Because he wrote this copy and thinks it’s funnier than it actually is.  Enjoy! Feel free to give us some feedback by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Guest Liang Deng

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod

@GG_Kansas_City

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Doug Bowser’s Inside Story

Join us this week as we talk about some spicy rumors surrounding Nintendo and Microsoft’s growing relationship, how to tactically play Tetris, and the fact that an heir to the Koopa throne is Mario’s new boss.  Yikes.  But, seriously is name is actually Doug Bowser.

Feel free to listen and let us know what you think by hitting up our socials!  Or even just forget we’re playing on your phone all day while your headphones are plugged in at work.  That’s cool too, we won’t mind.

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

Find more about the GGKC folks at gg-kc.com.

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Thomas Egan & Kam Konek

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music Lifeformed

iTunes Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6x6MugEKoQAgV99OKkZmWp

Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Linkhttps://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Linkhttp://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media @GamerHeroesPod

@GG_Kansas_City

Doug Bowser’s Inside Story

GH73: The Game Awards

In this week’s episode, we had an absolute blast talking about The Game Awards! Each of the Big 3 figureheads on stage together? Endearing looks behind the gaming curtain? Slow motion dogs in flying cars? We talk about all of it including the winners, world premieres and our favorite moments. Check it out!

Don’t forget to subscribe! Find us on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts
Thomas Egan
Mike Madsen
Joshua Welch

Editor
Joshua Welch

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Music
Lifeformed

iTunes Link
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Blog Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gamerheroes

Spreaker
https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link
https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link
http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media

Twitter: @GamerHeroesPod and @GG_Kansas_City

Connect with GGKC and the community at GG-KC.com

 

GH73: The Game Awards

GH71: The Artifact Robbery

In this episode, our heroes talk about Artifact, the new valve digital CCG, and try to decide if sounds like anything but a money grab, they talk more about Red Dead Redemption 2 now that John finally has it, and they discuss some of the most recent gaming news. Tune in to hear the question of the week!

Don’t forget to subscribe. We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts
Thomas Egan
Mike Madsen
John Marney
Joshua Welch

Editor
Joshua Welch

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Music
Lifeformed

iTunes Link
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gamer-heroes-video-games-pc/id1193204259?mt=2

Blog Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gamerheroes

Spreaker
https://www.spreaker.com/show/gamer-heroes

Google Play Link
https://play.google.com/music/m/I6qwdjccfc4sxi5urxuebuisatq?t=Gamer_Heroes_Video_Games__PC_Gaming__Console_Gaming_Mobile_Gaming

RSS Feed Link
http://heroespodcasts.com/feed/podcast/gamerheroes

Social Media
@GamerHeroesPod

GH71: The Artifact Robbery

Wii U – A Farewell

This month marks the closure of the official Wii U Facebook page. While the low-selling Nintendo home console was officially discontinued in the beginning of 2017, games are still being produced with 16 games released in 2018 and two more on the horizon by the end of 2019, at least in the North America region. In fact, over 760 Wii U games have been released to date worldwide.

So what went wrong with the Wii U? Being that it came out in 2012, there’s certainly a lot of articles that attempt to explain why the Wii U was not the hit success the Wii before it was or why the Nintendo Switch has already done better from a sales perspective. First, I do want to sum-up what people mean by the Wii U being a failure, a black sheep, or not a success. Normally, video game console success is measured by number of units sold in addition to how long the console or an iteration of it, is on the market.

We know that the Wii U sold just over 13.5 million consoles worldwide. This makes the Wii U Nintendo’s lowest selling home console, not counting the NES Classic, SNES Classic, and VirtualBOY. That’s right, the GameCube not only outsold the Wii U but actually sold over 21 million units by comparison. The Nintendo Switch has already passed the GameCube’s sales numbers (sold from 2001-2007) in less than two years on the market, with around 23 million Switch units sold.

Successful consoles like the PlayStation 2 (2000-2013) and Wii (2006-2017) have both sold over 100 million units with the PS2 selling over 150 million if you include every version released over that console’s incredible production run. The Wii U had two versions, both at launch, the white 8GB model and the Deluxe 32GB model in black. The Wii would have several versions over the years, just like the PS2. They’d release in different sizes, colors, and with different features from their original counterparts.

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Alright, so it didn’t sell well. But why didn’t people buy the Wii U after the Wii’s success? Was it the game library? Boasting over 760 games might not sound impressive when the Nintendo Switch already has over 1,200 games in 1/3 the time but the Wii U’s game library actually isn’t as small as you think. The Nintendo 64 (1996-2002), which outsold the original Xbox (2001-2009) by over 37%, had a library about half the size of the Wii U at just 388 games but sold almost 33 million units.

It must have been the launch window then. Nothing to play at launch? That’s a fair criticism. I don’t shy away from saying I’m a Nintendo fanboy, because I most certainly am. If you ever listened to my time on the Gamer Heroes podcast’s first 60 episodes, you’d get that pretty quick. But to be clear, I own a lot of Nintendo consoles leaving out the VirtualBOY and a few of the GameBoy and DS iterations. I camped out for the Wii in 2006… for 39.5 hours. But when the Wii U came along, I didn’t camp out. I didn’t pre-order. I didn’t even go to the store to pick one up. This was due to the games available at launch, for me. There wasn’t much to choose from that I cared about, personally, at least not on a Nintendo console.

Sure, New Super Mario Bros. U was there but Super Mario 3D World wouldn’t release for just over a year. There wasn’t even a Zelda game at launch. The Wind Waker HD wouldn’t come out for 11 months and it wasn’t even a new game! It was a remaster of the 2002 GameCube game. The only actually new Zelda game released on the Wii U was Breath of the Wild which was also released on the brand new Switch console. Mario Kart 8 took until May of 2014, about 18 months after release of the Wii U and 6 years since the previous Wii incarnation. Super Smash Bros. was two full years after the console came out. It never got a Metroid game. No Castlevania. And Splatoon, the game that so many people love now, didn’t release until May 2015, about 30 months AFTER the console launched.Wii U

I eventually bought a Wii U in the summer of 2013, about 9 or so months after it came out. I played New Super Mario Bros and ZombiU, along with Nintendo Land. But I mainly played my Wii which was now living as a legit, official emulator inside my Wii U thanks to their transfer process. So, I upgraded because I could use a single console and play the newer games. Of course I ended up with some great games like Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, ZombiU, and the surprisingly fun Luigi U. All-in-all, I only have 9 physical Wii U games at this point. I had a few others like Pokken Tournament, but traded them in long ago for something else. The only Nintendo console I own fewer games for is the GameCube and that’s because I didn’t actually own one until last year, aside from the built-in Wii functionality that led to a couple games like Super Smash Bros. Melee. So when it’s all said and done, the Wii U might have had a larger library than the N64 but I have countless more games for the older console that one could argue hasn’t even aged as well.

People were confused too. I still have to explain to people that the Wii and Wii U were completely different things. No, the Wii U is not a Wii with a tablet. No, the Wii U isn’t just the tablet as an add-on to the Wii. The Wii U was Nintendo’s next generation console, a mid-gen console to many in the industry due to its more Nintendo-esque limited hardware. So here’s a little explanation. The Wii U was the next step in Wii development. It had better hardware, a larger form factor, no GameCube controller or memory card support, no mini-disc support, and its primary controller was a handheld tablet with physical buttons.

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Okay, so you know what it is but was it a good thing? Well, the tablet was a neat concept. Some games leveraged it really well, like ZombiU. In that game, a zombie game, you watch the TV for what you, as a character, can see and then the tablet acted as your inventory, map, details, etc. Other games, like New Super Mario Bros., just mirrored the TV screen, which did mean you could play on the tablet while someone else used the TV for another console or something. Some games like Nintendo Land allowed one player to use the tablet to perform a task like hiding, while the other players saw everything else on the TV and tried to find the hiding player. Some took advantage of the motion controls like StarFox Zero, with the tablet being inside the cockpit and the TV being a third-person view. The final group didn’t use the tablet screen at all, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U. It was blank, basically.

At the end of the day, the Wii U was essentially a Nintendo Switch prototype. It had the tablet; you could play away from the TV. But it still required a full console box and the range of the tablet was only a few feet and certainly not through walls… I tried. Even though the Wii U was no powerhouse, it did have some cool features. It kept the Wii alive along with the Virtual Console we all miss on the Switch. It was compatible with essentially all of the Wii controllers, accessories, and such, save a few. It kept the GameCube controller alive with its USB adapter for Smash Bros., which we will see again this December. And it ended up with a substantial library of games, some of which I wish more people had tried out.

To that end, as the Facebook pages for the Wii U close on the day I’m writing this, I’d like to just say goodbye to the Wii U. For a Nintendo fanboy, the Wii U is a prime example of Nintendo’s guts, quirkiness, and style. For a general consumer, the Wii U was an odd, confusing, and seemingly unnecessary upgrade to the Wii.

If you owned a Wii U, I’d love to hear your stories. What were your favorite games? What about features? I’d love to hear about all of it because I do love the Wii U, as strange as that might be.

R.I.P.
Wii U
2012-2017
13.5 million sold

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Wii U – A Farewell