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Reviews for the new generation home entertainment consoles are rolling in from all over the web. One series of reviews unfolding for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo's latest consoles comes from the DAGER System, a website dedicated to disabled gamers and video game accessibility. Interestingly enough, the Wii U ranked quite high in their review of the system.
Casting aside petty fanboyism and brand allegiance, the review of the Wii U is cut and dry and shows that Nintendo is still the king of the home console arena. No arguments, that's just the way it is. You have to take it and deal with it. There's no debating it. It's just the truth. It's undeniable fact... it really is, because the Wii U has sold more than the Xbox One and PS4.
Anyway, DAGER's review is straight to the point and highlights some of the promising features of the Wii U, such as its ability to compliment those with hearing disabilities by having audio options available from the TV and from the Wii U's GamePad.
Author Josh Straub also highlights the GamePad's functionality... being able to easily and conveniently make use of the analog sticks and buttons without any sort of impediments or complications. The setup of the controller allows for those – even with motor skill disabilities – to access the controller, operate menus and play games with very little encumbrance.
Nintendo is also given props for including both audio and visual cues, so those who can't hear at least get prompts via pop-up menus and bubbles. It's an interesting thing that Nintendo would be so forward and broad thinking in both the hardware and software compatibility design of the Wii U to afford for such features.
Straub – highly impressed with the system's capabilities and functionality – concludes that...
“On the whole, the Wii U is very impressive from the standpoint of accessibility. However the real test for game accessibility will be how developers choose to implement its various features.”
I'm more curious how both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will fare in their reviews on DAGER System. I can easily imagine the voice features of the Xbox One coming up short, where-as the PS4's controller might seem like it could be a bit of a stumbling block on the road to easy accessibility. However, we won't know for sure until the reviews go up for the other two consoles.
In the end, if you or someone in your household suffers a debilitating state but they enjoy gaming nonetheless, you at least have the Wii U as a very viable option to offer you and your household a great gaming alternative, without any worries about getting banned on Skype or worrying about jet fans of doom ruining all the fun of your game time.
You can learn more about the DAGER System review of Nintendo's Wii U by paying a visit to the review page.