I probably should make more time to play with my Wii U and 3DS

I’ve been spending the last few days wrapping my head around how to talk about my experiences with both the Nintendo Wii U and the 3DS. With the recent news that Nintendo is shutting off eShop support for both over the next 13 months, I’m about to lose the ability to grow my collection of games without having to spend huge markups on physical copies. I spend the majority of my gaming free time playing Nintendo hardware, so this news is big. While I never spent enough time with the Wii U, I am still actively playing with my 3DS.

An infographic by Nintendo showing my Wii U game play tendencies from launch until Feb 2020

I didn’t appreciate the Wii U enough

I’ve had a Wii U since at least 2014. But I barely used it. In fact, I only have one disc game for it while I donated the others. The only disc I still have is for Twilight Princess HD and it’s still in its shrink wrap. On the unit, I do have a few games installed, including recently buying both Earthbound Beginnings and Earthbound. This is funny since I did that only a few weeks before Nintendo made both available via Nintendo Switch Online.

The Wii U was a poorly marketed console that was a lot better than we will remember it for. Everyone has fond memories of the Sega Dreamcast and I feel the Wii U will have the same nostalgic response down the road. It improved the Wii and gave us everything we love about the Switch. It certainly had the Nintendo support, just none from most other publishers.

The biggest issue is that most of its best games are playable now on Switch. I did a quick scan at IGN’s Top 25 Wii U Games and the majority of the games here have either been ported to the Switch, have recent sequels, or are mu