Wii U Selected as CNET’s 4th Worst Holiday Tech Gift for 2013


This morning, CNET released a video detailing it’s “top 5 worst tech gifts” for the 2013 holiday season, and sadly, the Nintendo Wii U made the list.

While the Wii U is not particularly a game console I would like for Christmas or Chanukah or whatever you and yours celebrate, I don’t know if it is in the same category as a DVD player. Many Wii U owners and fans were upset by its inclusion in the list. As much as I dislike it, CNET does cast a pretty wide net as far as general public/mass audiences are concerned, and given that the Wii U definitely doesn’t need anymore bad press than it already has, I can understand the discontent of fans and early adopters.

I will give it to Nintendo that Wii U did bounce back last month increasing sales by 1400 percent in Japan with the release of Wii Party U. Unfortunately, even that much of a percentage increase only netted the struggling console a paltry 37k in unit sales. Also, I can imagine that the Wii U sales increase due to Wii Party U is largely over; the game currently holds a lackluster 64 Metascore and an even lower user score of 6.3.

Is the Wii U one of the worst gifts you can receive for the holiday season? No, probably not, but I have a feeling that most gamers would rather wake up Christmas morning to find a box with an “X” or a “4″ on it. Who knows? Maybe Super Mario 3D World will be the holiday boon Nintendo is hoping for? In any case, the buzz of the PS4 and Xbox One will certainly be hard for the Wii U to overcome.

What do you think? Is the Wii U one of the worst gifts you could possibly receive this year? Be sure to check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.



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Dalton Miller
Dalton Miller

@TalesofDalton Analyst, Writer, Technologist, Futurist, e-cigarette aficionado, drinker of TAB cola, I'm ready for the dystopia, are you?


  1. I’ve owned a Wii U since launch and CNET are absolutely right. It’s not that there aren’t some great games on the system, but there are so few of them and they’re so overpriced and never receive any price drops or discounts. It makes the Wii U a very expensive system to own with not nearly enough games to play, considering most gamers already own a 360 or PS3 and don’t need the Wii U versions of multiplatform titles.

  2. I think CNET needs to not be telling investors what is and isn’t a proper holiday gift.
    This sounds so much like a bought and paid for smear campaign against certain products that it’s almost laughable.

    • I think some Nintendo cult member is butthurt that the Wii U is dead…It’s what Nintendo should have released in 2006…At least I guess they’re making money on the 3DS…You need to tighten up your tinfoil hat with your lame conspiracy theory…Smear campaign LOL NOBODY WANTS A Wii U….

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