That's why you're seeing reports of a PS4 blue light of death and faulty Xbox One disc drives. It's a very small percentage, and it happened to first-run Wii U units, too. It's not a big deal, it affects every OEM, and companies are usually more than happy to replace bum hardware. But! By this point, the Wii U's manufacturing process is fine-tuned and butter smooth. And that assurance is worth (a very little) something.


This is not a good reason not to buy a console. But it's worth mentioning, as an improbable reality that can still happen. And it's an even better reason to at least wait on the new breeds.

I'm Cheap Frugal

Okay, cheap. I'm fine with cheap. The Wii U does everything I want it to do, has games that I want to play that I won't find elsewhere, and does it for $100 less (bundled with a pretty great game) than the PS4, and $200 less than the Xbox One.


Yes, that amortizes over the lifetime of the console. Yes, in the grand scheme of things it's not a huge amount of money. But right now, today, it feels a whole lot like not paying more for stuff I don't need. Especially knowing that PS4 and Xbox One price drops are themselves inevitable, and will likely kick in right around when there are finally games you actually want to play on them.

It's entirely possible—probable, even!—that the Xbox One or PS4 is right for you. That's fine. But it's a shame that the Wii U has been left out of this particular conversation altogether. Especially since for some of us, it's the exact right fit.