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5 Reasons Black Ops II Is Best On Wii U

Posted on Thursday, October 18 @ 11:30:00 Eastern by

The other week, Nintendo invited me up to San Francisco to play a bunch of Wii U games and generally get a better feel for the system in the weeks leading up to its launch. In addition to U Sing, a handful of 3DS games, ZombiU, and plenty of time with Nintendo Land, I got to try my hand at a quick multiplayer match against some bots in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

When I got home, I went to Gamestop and changed my preorder from Xbox 360 to Wii U. Here are five reasons why.

Touch Screen Killstreaks


I'm a little too nervous to fiddle with my rewards in the middle of combat. I always feel like I'll be at risk if I hesitate even a second. Not so with the Wii U's GamePad. That big touchscreen puts visual icons next to your right thumb for easy access.

This meant I didn't have to move my left thumb from the analog stick to the D-pad and back again. Instead, I could simply tap the icon on the right-hand-side next to the map, as if I were climbing over cover or switching weapons. I didn't have to hit up or down to select the Hunter Killer Drone over my tier-3 killstreak reward. What's more, the touchscreen was easier to reach with my right thumb than the D-pad was, adding to the in-game convenience.


True Split Screen Gaming

My brother and I never bothered to fight over first or second player, but I'm sure that dispute will be unavoidable when it comes to choosing who gets to play on the TV and who gets the GamePad screen all to themselves. With the Wii U GamePad, you don't have to miss out on half of your field of view, just because you have a friend over.

With the second screen, each player gets the full aspect ratio. No more complaining when the guy on the second floor balcony pops you in the head. It's the small things that make Black Ops II really sing on Nintendo's next-gen console.

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