So I haven't sat down and thought this out thoroughly, just some quick word vomit.
First off, I've pretty much had it with novelty gaming. So I don't particularly care about motion sensors, or giant tablet controllers. It's a very gimmicky way to make and market games, which I guess is why it got so popular. Not that I'm condemning the existence of these novelty peripherals or games, just resenting that they've become so dominant in the gaming market. I'm completely content with my current console experience- not once have I turned on one of my devices and thought that it was outdated or tiresome, so I don't feel the need for a new generation of consoles. Not to say any of my previous feelings reflect on the WiiU specifically, but that they affect my overall judgement (or maybe I should say prejudice) towards it.
I'm a big fan of nostalgia, especially when it comes to classic Nintendo gaming, but there are some improvements I'm very happy to see. Improvements such as 1080p and pro controllers suggest that Nintendo is returning to its serious gamer roots. It will also be backwards compatible with Wii games (as well as peripheral compatibility), so as much money as I will be losing, I take solace knowing my current games will have some re-playability. So as much as I'm not ready for a new generation of consoles, in some ways, it does feel like Nintendo is catching up. The new Gamepad touchscreen controller looks fascinating and will be offering some fantastic, engaging features including being able to play games on the controller itself (very useful if you're sharing a tv). There will be more of our favorites, like Zelda and Mario, as well as games from third party developers such as Assassin's Creed and Arkham city.
Nintendo is meant to be enjoyed with groups of friends. Smashbros anyone? So knowing only 2 gamepads per device are supported is a little disappointing, but at least there will be other controller options. Price will also be a huge factor, and Nintendo is playing coy for now. Gaming is expensive enough as is, and I haven't seen anything that's convincing me I need to be shelling out even more money, especially if the rumours of a 600$ price range are true. Initial reactions seem to make it clear that Nintendo is going to be facing an uphill battle for a while, and as it appears to me, the WiiU's strength isn't in explaining its features, or elaborate marketing. Their strength is going to be getting a controller into a players hands and letting them get the full interactive experience. At least, that's what my decision will be based on, I won't have a strong opinion until I've played it, which means I'll be apprehensive and need a little convincing along the way. The new graphics are exciting, but they are not up to par with Xbox or Playstation. And as fantastic as these third party, more serious gamer oriented games will be, there aren't many announced yet, or anything new, and that can make or break the WiiU.
Despite initial doubts (from myself, and others), the WiiU will probably be massively successful. I'm happy to see them appealing to the hardcore market. I have my reservations that I think can be taken care of with a demo and maybe some more game announcements. I'm not happy to have to shell out for a new console, but at least content to see that if they are doing it right.