For a long time I’ve been seeing people say they think the Wii U years from now is going to hit the same ridiculous prices that the GameCube is currently at right now. Personally, I don’t really understand this take at all, when the sole reason it’s being said is because of the “Wii U didn’t sell well” argument. The Wii U absolutely did not sell well, but just because that’s the case doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to run you $100 in a few years to play The Wonderful 101 (for example) on it.
The majority of the quality games on the system are playable on other systems, most notably the Nintendo Switch of course. The thing too is that the versions on these other platforms are significantly more enhanced and polished than their Wii U counterparts. Realistically, why would you spend a ridiculous amount of money to play a game like Super Mario 3D World, or Pikmin 3, on the Wii U when you could spend a more reasonable price on let’s face it, a better video game console with better controls, more content, and more polish.
Compared to the GameCube, part of the reason why most of these games are so ridiculously expensive nowadays is because you can’t (legitimately) play these games anywhere else. Paper Mario TTYD? Still Exclusive. Pokémon XD and Colosseum? Still Exclusive. Kirby Air Ride? Still Exclusive. Mario Kart Double Dash? Still Exclusive. I could go on, but you get the point. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker is considered one of the best on the entire system, it’s fairly expensive currently, but for the longest time it didn’t really reach above $35, why is that? It’s because it has a superior version on the Wii U, and even then, part of the reason people might still buy it on the GameCube is because they don’t have any interest in owning a Wii U. Super Mario Sunshine shot down a ton in price over the past few months, why is that? It’s because it has a superior version on a more accessible system.
Now I’m not saying every single Wii U game will be worthless years down the road, there are some exceptions to the rule. Legitimately rare games like Devil’s Third and Axiom Verge will shoot up in price, those are worth collecting. Stuff like Game and Wario, Wii Party U, Wii Sports Club, and Mario Party 10 will probably continue to increase over time as well, since those basically have zero chance of making it onto another platform. But games like Mario Kart 8, DK Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, Breath of the Wild, and New Super Mario Bros becoming very pricey in the future simply make zero sense, because you can play better versions of these games on a more accessible system, and on top of that, the Switch has tons of other games to check out too, so you have a larger library to choose from.
Not to mention, some of the biggest games like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker will become more worthless over time when the online features are shut down, Splatoon might be a slight exception because of the story mode, but the online is the biggest draw regardless. Once the Wii U Gamepads start to die out more and become more scarce, these games that will require the controller will become significantly less accessible and won’t be worth the hassle, if you’re able to play them somewhere else.
This isn’t an article meant to bury the Wii U, back in its era I LOVED the Wii U, and I loved the games, but like a lot of people I’ve moved on. I’ve excepted that these games are just straight up way better without the clunky tablet. Casual games like Nintendo Land and Wii Party U are absolutely still worth it and worth checking out, if you can find them for a reasonable price. But the best games, the games that made the Wii U worth a damn back in the day, are all much more enjoyable on the Nintendo Switch.
This article is basically meant to help people control their expectations for the future value of their collection. I’ve seen hundreds of comments all across the Internet of people thinking they have a gold mine because they’ve got a bunch of Wii U games and they think because the GameCube shot up in popularity and value over time it’ll happen once again here. I’ll admit that there’s always a chance it could and I could absolutely be wrong, and if I am please come back here and clown on me all you want, because I’d deserve it. But I’m very confident that with the facts and logic I’ve used here, I think the majority of the Wii U library won’t have nearly as much value as a small corner of the Internet is pretending.
I saw one comment today that inspired me to write this all, saying The Wonderful 101 is going to reach a value of $200 and be the Wii U’s Chibi-Robo, I don’t think I need to get into how silly that take is, so I’ll just let that sit with you. Thank you for reading, I appreciate you hearing me out.
Also, play Wii Party U, it’s fantastic and definitely the best current Wii U exclusive.
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