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Another U-logy

Another U-logy

Last week, I wrote a couple of blog posts that were spurred on by the news that Nintendo will be closing up the 3DS eShop. What I hadn’t mentioned was that the Wii U’s eShop is closing as well. It’s… less of a big deal. I think that I bought every game I wanted on Wii U while it was still Nintendo’s active platform. It’s not like there were a whole lot of them.

What I’m getting to here, is that there was also a statistics thingy for Wii U games on Nintendo’s website. Look at mine!

I think it says a lot that I have almost exactly half the total play time on Wii U as I do on 3DS. And also nearly 500 of those hours were spent watching Netflix. The Wii U had the best Netflix app! And the Gamepad was a great tool for browsing it! My current Netflix machine, the PS5, does a pretty darn good job, but it’s nowhere near as good as Wii U was.

When I checked the playtime on all my 3DS software, I was shocked at how little I’d played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. This kind of explains it. 167 hours spent on the Wii U version. I wish more games had cross-save like that, but I suppose that I don’t often play games on two platforms concurrently.

I am blown away, however, that Xenoblade Chronicles X only clocked in at 129 hours. It is, by a vast margin, my favourite Wii U game, and I remember spending many entire evenings with it. Still nowhere near finished with it, but I think that at this point, if there isn’t ever a Switch re-release, it’s just never going to happen. I’d sure like to play it again, though!

There really isn’t much more to discuss on this infographic. The favourite Genres thing is impossible to analyze without knowing how exactly Nintendo categorized each game. Both MH3U and XCX could potentially fall under action, adventure, RPG, and multiplayer, so I have no idea why those points aren’t all roughly equal. Nice to see Shantae on the board, though.

So I think that’s it for now. Will I review all my Wii U software like I did for the 3DS? No. Because the Wii U’s activity log is lame and only shows you play time by day, rather than by software. And there’s no way I’m going to scroll through every day back to November 2021 to see how much I played any given Wii U game.

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