As you are probably well informed by now (as you can tell from 90% of my posts on this site) I'm a huge Nintendo fan. Starting from the NES all the way to the Wii. Heck I even camped out overnight at a Best Buy after a concert to own a Wii on the first day. So you may be asking, Murph, are you getting the Wii U at launch? My answer: No, and I'll tell you why.
So the Wii U has left a sour taste in my mouth ever since the first unveil at E3 2011. The GamePad seems interesting enough, but all they had on display was the games I've grown to despise... mini-games. Now even though the mini-games looked neat (Chase Mii, Battle Mii, etc.) they are not Wii Sports and they are not system sellers. Also, Reggie said in no uncertain terms that they are bringing back the hardcore Nintendo audience with this system. Not with mini-games Reggie... and that fast forwards me to E3 2012 where not a single, albeit for Pikmin 3, hardcore Wii U exclusive title is being released. How are you supposed to capture the hardcore demographic without games at launch? That's reason #1.
If you watched Microsoft's conference at E3 2012 or read my write-up , Microsoft is emulating the Wii U with devices you already own using its new Smart Glass technology. On top of that, Sony has now gone on record and said that they can accomplish the same feats that the Wii U can with a PS3 and Vita combo . So if this new gimmick can be done with devices we as consumers already own... why do I need a Wii U? That's reason #2. Only if reason #1 is fulfilled then this question will become a moot point because it ultimately comes down to the games in the end and regardless if someone can perform the same functionality, you still need something to play on it.
This kind of ties back to reason #1, but I cannot get behind Wii U because I don't feel Nintendo is 100% behind Wii U at this moment. The launch line-up has nothing in it that appeals to me and E3 2012's press conference was abysmal. The only game that interests me at this moment is Pikmin 3, and I'm not about to drop $350 (who would buy the Basic Edition honestly :)) just to play one game and have the chance to MAYBE play something decent next year. Nintendo has done a poor job marketing this product to every type of consumer. The older folks who enjoyed the Wii have no idea what Wii U is and they probably won't buy it because they truly didn't play their Wii to begin with. Also, the hardcore gamers that were alienated by Nintendo with the Wii haven't been marketed to because there hasn't been a single game (except Pikmin 3) that they can't get on another console. I honestly don't even remember seeing any commercials for Wii U, and the system is being released in November! I can't get behind a console that Nintendo itself is not getting behind. That's reason #3.
I have a hunch the Wii U will not be as successful as the Wii because of the reasons listed above. A lot of people who owned a Wii didn't buy many games for it and really didn't play it extensively (this doesn't include me but I know a lot of Wii owners). The older demographic who bought the system will not buy the Wii U because they have no reason to. Why would they upgrade to a system that they don't understand? Maybe if the system doesn't sell well then it will cause Nintendo to backtrack and release more hardcore titles immediately. However, typically if the systems don't do well Nintendo doesn't go after the hardcore... they go after the casual audience because they are more abundant and easy to please. I know most people will think I'm crazy as the Wii U pre-orders are selling like hotcakes, but I just don't know how many people are ready for a new Wii. I for one am not... at this moment at least and Nintendo is known for causing supply issues at launch to create a higher demand for their products. Come on Nintendo, show me something that I and other hardcore Nintendo fans can look forward to.