glad i ran across this thread, i've been considering picking up a wii u for mario kart and mario maker.. I've been playing back through some of my old mario stuff on snes and have really enjoyed playing. Problem is I didn't see much out there game wise that looked interesting to me. Would hate to buy it new or used for just a couple games
Well Mario Kart for Wii U is one of the best racing games ever made and it is by far my favorite Mario Kart game. There is also a healthy community of players online so you can race against others world wide at any time. It is simply terrific.
Super Mario U is my favorite 2D Mario since Super Mario World. It is perfect and totally retro. Super Luigi World is in some ways even better and is a lot more challenging. Terrific graphics too.
Super Mario 3D World is a masterpiece and merges the best of 2D and 3D Mario games into one game. I have played through it many times. I liked it better than Galaxy or Galaxy 2. It is pure joy.
From a Mario standpoint, Wii U is a tremendous success.The console itself I believe is great there is just so much lag time between the launch of good titles that the machine collects dust for a time, but if you look at the whole first party library by the time this machine is end of life it will have as a good a first party library as any Nintendo console.
Then of course you have Mario Maker but you'd want to play through the games above first. So between those four games you would be busy for quite some time.