Is It Time to Buy Nintendo’s Cheaper Wii U? Here’s a List of Pros and Cons

Nintendo's Wii U just got $50 cheaper.

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Pikmin 3 played with the Wii U GamePad.

In hopes of ramping up Wii U sales momentum, Nintendo finally dropped the price of the Wii U Deluxe from $350 to $300 this week, bringing the only game console that ships with a dedicated gaming tablet in line with what you’d pay for a new PS3 or Xbox 360, while putting a bit more distance between the system and Sony‘s upcoming PS4 ($400) or Microsoft‘s Xbox One ($500), both due in November.

Should you buy one? Let’s step through a few pros and cons.

$300 still looks pricey to me.

The Wii cost $250 at launch and its price fell from there (it’s now in the $130-$140 range). The Wii U’s significantly higher price, according to Nintendo, has to do with the Wii U GamePad. And yet Nintendo’s never really made the case for that GamePad to the sort of consumers who snatched up the Wii in droves. I suspect so-called casual gamers still don’t understand what’s so great about it or what it even does — it lacks the grab-and-go simplicity of the Wii’s motion controls — while more traditional gamers probably look at the tablet as an overpriced toy, inclined to view the second screen as a novelty mechanic when playing games on their TVs.

Right or wrong, I also suspect many view the Wii U as a souped up Wii, not a grand gameplay shift in the sense the Wii was. And even then, while the Wii did very well for Nintendo, it was reputedly a system you bought to play a handful of games or dragged out over the holidays for family shenanigans, then shelved for the better part of the year.

Nintendo had a chance to tie the Wii U to the DS — the bestselling dedicated games handheld in history, after all — and botched it. Had the company instead sold the Wii U as emblematic of Nintendo’s unique dual-screen philosophy, it might have appealed more to skeptics (and DS wonks).

Doesn’t it lag behind the competition, power-wise?

Never mind its precise position in the hierarchy of polygon-and-texel-crunching architectures, the Wii U can’t do what the PS4 and Xbox One can, visually speaking. That means multi-platform next-gen games — if they’re made for the Wii U at all — are going to lack some of that next-gen chrome. I could care less about most of that, since everyone’s outputting at high-def, but I’m aware that plenty do (care), and in any case, system performance is definitely a problem if it causes developers to ignore a platform outright.

Hey, the 3DS is killing the PS Vita!

It sure is — heck, the 3DS has been killing everything (much like the DS before it). So power isn’t the be all, end all. That said, the 3DS costs a lot less than a Wii U, and it boasts a much stronger games library at this point.

Okay, but the Wii U’s games are cheaper than the competition.

Correction: some of the games are cheaper. Nintendo hopped on the $60 bandwagon with games like New Super Mario Bros. U as well as much of its third-party lineup. On balance, it probably has the most non-indie sub-$60 games, from New Super Luigi U and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD to LEGO City: Undercover, Nintendo Land and Wii Party U. In other words, you’ll probably spend less on Wii U games than you would when buying non-indie PS4 or Xbox One titles.

Yeah, but Nintendo’s Nintendo, right?

Sure, there’s always that. Where else can you play Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong and the like? No one else has Nintendo’s IP lineup or cross-demographic brand recognition (and no one else has Shigeru Miyamoto). Whether you think the company’s been resting on its laurels (and Miyamoto’s) with said IP and not rewriting the rules in the sense it did with games like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or Super Mario Galaxy is another matter.

The games are finally worth playing.

Here’s your strongest argument in favor of buying a Wii U today: a slew of great Wii U-exclusive games. LEGO City Undercover is one of the finest sandbox games around. The Wonderful 101 sounds pretty darned wonderful indeed (says one of the hardest, smartest graders around). Who doesn’t want to play The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (my personal favorite in the series) in high-def? And you’ve got Pikmin 3, Wii Party UDonkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World — all in the hopper before the year’s out.

There’s the entire Nintendo back-catalog to think about.

Can anyone match Nintendo for nostalgic appeal? Alright, maybe Sony, if it ever pulls the PlayStation 2 out of mothballs, but until then, Nintendo’s eShop is the only place to play beloved Game Boy and NES classics.

Indies, too.

If you’re an indie fan, the Wii U’s definitely ready to dish: Cloudberry KingdomA World of KeflingsSo Hungry, Mutant Mudds DeluxeNihilumbraCubemen 2Q.U.B.E. and Tengami, just for starters.

It’s more than just a game system.

Most consoles are nowadays, but the Wii U has a few unique tricks up its sleeve: You can use the Wii U GamePad as a TV remote, use it to control your TiVo DVR or scan information about programs (or sports events, updated in real time) while they’re playing on your TV screen. You can also use the GamePad as a portable TV of sorts, watching programs on it while someone else is using the television.

Isn’t it a problem that Nintendo isn’t moving systems?

It is a problem, because you can’t lure triple-A developers with a crappy install base, and the Wii U’s been a sales dog since it launched. If you’re not the betting type, you might wait until after the holiday season to see how things go, though that’s a problem if everyone does it. Make no mistake about it: Platforms are investments — if you want one to succeed, at some point you have to throw in.

That’s the question you have to ask at this point then: Is there enough in Nintendo’s quiver to convince you to tip your wallet? To make the purchase pay off whether the system surges ahead or eventually settles for third? Figure that out, and you’ve got your answer.

33 comments
dvsbobloblaw
dvsbobloblaw

The Gamecube did not do that good. But it had the greatest fighting game of all time, SUPER SMASH BROS. MELEE!

can0biccies
can0biccies

See, the whole game library thing could be sorted if Nintendo just released a 3DS/DS game card reader that plugged into the U via USB. Think about it. The U has all the buttons, the dual/touch screen thing, the 3D (if your TV supports it) - If that were a thing, I would snap up a Wii U right now, and I know a lot of other people would, too.

YienwaePerezfam-miiz
YienwaePerezfam-miiz

We purchased Pikman 3 two weeks ago.  Wonderful game.  It's my first time ever playing Pikman.  We are playing it little by little through the story mode just so we can get the logistics down.  But it is a fun game to play.  I personally just purchased Splinter Cell Blacklist and I'm currently downloading it from the e-shop.  I want to show my support to the 3rd parties even if some features are missing.  I figure invest now and even more will be developed later for the U, which I think is a very powerful console with very unique gameplay.


AllCreation
AllCreation

@JonnyLeighton @JoffreArteaga 

I get carried writing these crazy long responses so I just wanted to apologize again for all of my typos. But here are some of the quotes released by EA after Nintendo Refused to let them take control of the Nintendo Network.

"EA has a strong partnership and an active agreement with Nintendo to develop games for the WiiU. Last year we released Mass Effect 3 and several of our EA Sports titles on that platform. So far, we have not announced any new titles for Wii U this year, but that does not preclude more games in the future"

Those games were all lackluster ports and Nintendo was only given a fraction of the Support that EA had originally promised 

And Then EA Wrote:

 "The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet," tweeted Bob Summerwill, listed as a senior software engineer at EA Canada, in a reply to a tweet posting a link about EA's no-Wii U news. "Nintendo are walking dead at this point."

Though the tweets, made early yesterday morning, have since been deleted, screenshots of them mushroomed across multiple sites, most prominently on NeoGAF.

Summerwill didn't let up after that first tweet. "Nintendo are still operating like it's 1990," he goes on, saying it should have gotten out of the hardware business and made its Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises exclusives on either the PlayStation 4 or next Xbox.

"Instead, they make this awful console," he added. Then, of EA's withdrawal from developing for Wii U, he said, "It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter."

And again at the time it wasn't common knowledge and actually still isn't that the EA was just bitter because Nintendo told them No and wouldn't give them a controlling interest in the Nintendo Network/EShop. In the public eye EA had no reason to attack Nintendo  so many people just assumed all of the Slander was true and the Console never really fully recovered.

dcast2
dcast2

My family and I have really enjoyed owning a Wii U.  We can  play our entire Wii library, including the Wii Virtual Console library.  Nintendo Land, Lego City Undercover, and New Super Mario Bros, has kept us entertained for hours.  Now we are enjoying Pikmin 3, Game and Wario, Skylanders Giants.  My wife really likes the game pad interface on the Wii U for watching Netflix and Amazon videos.  I am enjoying Earthound, Zelda Skyward Sword, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario World.  With the exception of Skylander: Giants, none of these experiences can happen on any other console.  We are really looking forward to Sonic Lost World, Wonderful 101, Mario 3D Land, Wii Party U, Lego Marvel, Mario 3D Land, Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  All of which can only be played on a Wii U (except Lego Marvel).  I know the Call of Duty/God of War crowd hates Nintendo and prowls the internet trying slam everything Nintendo does, but there are millions of gamers out there who prefer more casual and non-M-rated games.  Just check out the top games in the itunes store or check out what is Ubisoft's best selling franchise of all time (it's not Assassins Creed or Splinter Cell, it's Just Dance).  If you don't like Nintendo or family friendly games that is your right, but please quit ranting all over the internet about how terrible you think Nintendo is.

JonnyLeighton
JonnyLeighton

walk into a game store look at th lack of support or software ....this thing been out a year and nothin hardcore ,zombiu 2 should be out by now ,i dont think they have even started it yet ...kids games and more kids games,sold mine good ..............

MMBTycalibre
MMBTycalibre

" I could care less about most of that"

 You mean you couldn't. The phrase is "I couldn't care less". To imply that your caring is at a minimum already.

rschilling
rschilling

With inflation, the Wii U is $10.32 more than the Wii was when it launched in 2006.

JoffreArteaga
JoffreArteaga

The minute the PS4 and Xbox one get released, i hate to say this but Wii U sales will come to a halt, i don't want to hate but

their best days are behind them unless they change management , the last true machine worth getting was the Super Nintendo ,, it had a huge library of games, now  every generation is Mario, Zelda , Mario Kart , donkey Kong , they regurgitate the same titles every console i understand they have to have franchises but pump out new ones . I mean Nintendo in this console the U has just broken into HD when Sony and Xbox were hd a generation ago, and people are treating the Wii U HD capabilities as some sort of breakthrough in gaming, the only reason the first Wii was so successful was because of the motion controls ,lets be honest nothing more, i am not just hating or being negative, but they need to break out of making cartoon based games for children.

AllCreation
AllCreation

This article seems to be very bias... Isn't this supposed to be News? Shouldn't there be sum degree of objectivity? I mean, one of the very first lines after the intro reads "$300 still looks pricey to me" And the writer justifies that statement with a comparison to the much weaker non-HD orginial Wii launch price from over 6 years ago which was only $50 less.

PaladinrjaOmega
PaladinrjaOmega

 "Never mind its precise position in the hierarchy of polygon-and-texel-crunching architectures, the Wii U can’t do what the PS4 and Xbox One can, visually speaking. That means multi-platform next-gen games — if they’re made for the Wii U at all — are going to lack some of that next-gen chrome."
Yes it can; and whats more its on custom hardware. Sony and MS whom orient the system towards PC centrism use practically off-the-shelf BGA parts, with none of the highly interconnected on-chip customization.
Theres plenty of "Chrome" to be had with Wii U and quite a bit thats not available to its competitors due lack of custom graphics featureset provided free of system resource. Its a falacy to say otherwise.

element187
element187

Why didn't you mention all the goodies that are planned for the first half of 2014?? 'X' the online-MMO sequel to Xenoblade chronicles, Bayonetta 2. Its now a multiplayer bayonetta. Smash, Mario Kart 8.... and sooner or later we will see that Shin Megami Tensei crossover with Fire Emblem.

Carson21
Carson21

@dcast2 The reason I am interested in a Wii U is for more family games for me, my husband, and my 4 & 9 year old. I agree, Nintendo is a family company with family games as they always have been. They always have been great, always will be, and were the first system, (besides ATARI) to create great games. People are forgetting that, or kids just don't know their history. because they didn't live it like us Without Nintendo...the other game companies wouldn't exist. They are the starters of a great game system.  They get bashed for not making games that involve sex, or someone's arm getting sawed off. They probably don't sell their Nintendo games to those companies because they don't want tied to some of the non-family products they put out...and don't want the family Nintendo name tied to that. Way to go Nintendo!!! :--)

AllCreation
AllCreation

@JonnyLeighton  

Its very upsetting to me that this information isn't as widely publicized as it should be but a huge reason for the poor sales performance of the Wii U is its feud with EA who were completely unprofessional in their negotiations. Nintendo lacks the Huge Online Capabilities that we see with Sony's PSN and MS's XBLive so in trying to rectify that situation they were in negotiations with EA. The Negotiations Broke down when Nintendo refused to give EA complete control of the Nintendo Network which they had every right to do. But, as result EA completely pulled its support for the Wii U and a great many high profile games that were in development for the system were shelved or given half hearted port releases. 

That would have been fine but EA didn't simply stop there. They slandered the console and allowed on of their developers to make statements they were completely false about the console and its lack of power in complaisant to current gen tech. Since the feud with EA concerning the Nintendo Network was generally unknown in the eyes of the people EA had no reason to make those things up. This lead to consumers believing that the Wii U isn't as strong as current gen tech, when it is in fact much stronger. Also developers seeing a prominent company like EA pull support for what they claimed were hardware issues created a viscous cycle where Games like Devil May Cry, Tomb Raider, and Bioshock Infinite skipped the Wii U altogether.

Nintendo is only just now recovering from their ruined launch and will soon be releasing a slew of games that people actually WANT to play... Still even more so than creating "kids games" I feel like Nintendo has always tried to place an emphasis on producing fun games and not just games that are really nice to look at. However, Nintendo does primarily target families and younger audiences. This has been the case since the early 80s when they first released the NES. They're simply not Sony who generally targets an older audience. Were you seriously unaware of that distinction before you purchased your Wii U? I mean it seem a little unorthodox that any would purchase a Nintendo console fully expecting a banquet of "Adult" themed games.

Hitch_Lives
Hitch_Lives

@MMBTycalibre Agreed. I never understood why people use the saying in this way - adding supposed sarcasm to an already glib statement seems redundant and dilutes its meaning. But then again, I personally couldn't care less.

blasterman1
blasterman1

@rschilling Since you like inflationary factoids and think that stating that it's only a little more expensive in 2006 dollars, did you know that the median income is down nearly 10% from 2006 in inflation adjusted dollars?  That means it should be nearly 10% less exensive, not $10 more expensive.  In other words, it should be around $260 in order to be properly adjusted for inflation and average inflation adjusted wages.  If they wanted it to have the same affordability as the original Wii then it would have to have that $10 inflation adjusted premium shaved off.  In other words, if they wanted this thing to have the same price in terms of inflation and median income, it would have to be $250 in inflation adjusted dollars. 


The country (and world) has gone through a depression.  To discuss price inflation while pretending that this didn't happen is disingenuous.

Carson21
Carson21

@JoffreArteaga I disagree. Their games like that have always been great. My 9 yr. old son is bugging me constantly right now for a Wii U. Non-Stop. I'd rather him play Mario, then use a large dildo to fight like in an X-Box game, or saw off someone's head like in Gears of War. Their DS is SO popular in grade school right now, and the Wii U console is pulling DS kids right in.  

Stratsonfire
Stratsonfire

 @JoffreArteaga Do you not remember every console generation prior to Ps3, 360 and Wii? People have always layed claim that Nintendo will fail, and that they should just stick to handheld. Blah Blah Blah. I own a PS3 , my brother has owned 6 different 360's , because of the 3 rings of death. But i won't talk about that. Halo is a great franchise, thanks to Bungie. Killzone 3 was why i bought a PS3. I think that all 3 corporation's have excellent exclusive reason's to buy their respective console's. I play games. I could care less about which console it is on. But for you to say Wii U sales will come to a halt is just ignorant. Nintendo is not going anywhere man. The best days are ahead, which is clear to see if you have been paying attention to Nintendo's release schedule. If you don't want a Wii U, don't buy one. I could care less if you do or not, but to say that the sales will halt, is an uneducated statement that has been said time and time again in previous generations.

AllCreation
AllCreation

@JoffreArteaga Why? You realize that you just made an argument that Nintendo should stop focusing on making the games that actually sell right? Not only do theses games sell but one game from a Nintendo spin off  franchise (for example the Mario Kart for the Wii) has out sold entire franchises on other consoles. IE Uncharted /Halo.  And  The Mario Kart Franchise itself has sold almost as much as The Entire Halo Franchise.. The Entire God of War Franchise... The Entire Uncharted Franchise... AND The Entire Gears of War Franchise COMBINED... That's over 22 games from MS and Sony's most popular Franchises vs 8 games from one of Nintendo's Spin Off Franchises... And Mario Kart isn't even close to being their best selling franchise... Nintendo's game market share is over twice that of MS and Sony's Combined.. 

The fact of the matter is that Nintendo has been around a lot longer and have actually created and forgotten more IPs than Sony and MS will probably ever have. They can dust off a classic at any given moment but they've already got a pretty good formula for what Their Consumers want and what sells... Bottom line... They Remake those games because those are the games that people Want... Its why you buy a Nintendo console and its the one thing that Nintendo has that MS and Sony do Not... 

 Also i would be remiss if i didn't mention a few things... One Sony and MS are both Huge corporations with Sony being at least 8 times the size of Nintendo  and MS being much much larger than that.. So by comparison Nintendo is very much a Ma N Pa gaming company and they don't have the resources That a company like Sony has to just keep pushing games out until they finally get a hit. instead Nintendo must place quality above all else and this is most evident when you look at a game like Pikmin 3 which was supposed to be a lunch title but has only just been released. Of course Nintendo wanted to have More 1st party games released by now. Also they refuse to commit to some of the business practices IE the buying out and firing methods that the like of Sony and MS are known to use to acquire their talent.. I mean do you honestly think that Sony would keep naughty Dog around if they weren't profitable? Nintendo has already stated that they refuse to lay off any one no matter how bad their personal economy becomes... 

Of course it seems like Nintendo is just continually exploiting its core franchises but even if they are... whats wrong with that? Nintendo may reuse its characters but they have a myraid of genres under their belt.. Mario Pant is a completely different gaming experience than Mario Party and Mario Party is something completely different and unique when compared to a game like Mario Galaxy.. Nintendo is nearly 20 years older than the competition and they Simply have more to remake... BUT make no mistake  MS and Sony are clearly doing the same thing.. If you recall i only named four franchise earlier but there are over 22 games... 

Since 1983 (30 years ago) Nintendo has released 15 games that fall directly in line with the Mario franchise and that is considering you don't make the distinction that the 3D Mario Series and the 2D Series are separate entities. This number also includes obscure handheld titles like lost levels etc... At the same time Sony since 2005 (8 years ago) has created 7 God of War games and 6 Uncharted games.. All of the Uncharted games being created this generation.. And even outside of his core games Kratos for instance has been featured in three separate fighting games including Sony's own All Stars Game, He's been a Golfer in Hot Shots Golf, A Race Car Driver in Mod Nation Racers and even a Puppet in Little Big Planet.. He Still has years of exploitation ahead of him because Sony wouldn't be very smart to ignore one of their most popular IPs.

mcowdery
mcowdery

@element187 What the? Just when did they announce the 'X' is an online-MMO or a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles? Seriously, stop making stuff up and scaring the crap out of me. Both of those scenerios would suck >:/

RoyanRannedos
RoyanRannedos

@element187 On Shin and Fire Emblem, they had a deal recently where you could buy one and get credit for the other. That may have been what they were teasing.

mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@element187 All fair points element, I was just thinking of reasons to buy yet this year.

Stratsonfire
Stratsonfire

 @element187 I was thinking the same thing.. I enjoy reading these articles.. It is very entertaining.. Fact is.. Wii U has its best days ahead.. Never doubt the big N.. They have been there since the beginning, and they won't be going anywhere.. Everyone just needs to accept it..

PatsyWalker
PatsyWalker

@AllCreation @JonnyLeighton 

1- Nintendo did advertise the Wii U as a hardcore console at launch to target that demographic. Zombie U was meant to be a big launch game for the Wii U, it was advertised and even bundled with the Wii U in some regions such as the UK. 

2- 3rd Party Game support, Nintendo definitely game the image that they would be supporting third party developers so core gamers didn't feel so ostracized and waiting for Nintendo only releases every couple of months. This support could be seen as the start of the Wii U such as Batman Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 etc However this support soon started dying down as you acknowledge. Generally 3rd party support games are where core games often flourish. 

The problem is that Nintendo sold the Wii U on the basis to core consumers that it wouldn't forgot about that demographic like it happened on Wii. The problem is that Nintendo did exactly that. They didn't get 3rd party support to cover for core gamers. Basically Nintendo just gave up and called it a day yet people still don't put any blame on them for a lack of "Adult" themed games which is rather laughable. It's their console and they proven time and time again that they haven't caught up with the times to realise that 3rd party support is relevant and they should be reaching out to developers. Other companies like Sony and Microsoft don't use these excuses so why is that Nintendo is still let off the hook by most fans?


JoffreArteaga
JoffreArteaga

@AllCreation @JoffreArteagathanks for your reply you make really good points but their problems is not coming out with a machine the same or above the competition in specs , infrastructure , you cant put a mid range hardware and expect developers to back you up , it does not make sense for developers to make a high end game for Sony or Microsoft then have to dumb it down for the Wii u , and i am not being mean but that's whats happening now developers are walking away or pulling their games from Nintendo why because the wii u spec wise cant handle it,now i understand not everyone is pulling support but most of the big players are and they are pulling away games that move consoles, that's the problem. The gimmick of motion controls, its over that's what the last Wii had going for it, also i do realise its not all over  yet there are some big titles coming in 2014 but by then both Sony and Microsoft will have their consoles out both with full and exclusive support from indie and mayor studios, it wont matter what games come to the Wii u sales will drop, you see the success of any console its defined by launch and truth be told Nintendo should had a strong catalog from day one and this would have created momentum, you say people ignore them now when they get a big game on the Wii u and the answer to this is , because those big games missed launch day, its no good saying coming 2014 in tech world that's decades away all the mean while you have killer titles and 2 state of the art consoles are coming in less then 5 weeks. they need to bring out in 2014  a Wii u that matches the specs of the ps4 and Xbox one, period they need to give developers an advance system it is then up to the developer if they want to use the full force of the console or only mildly  and make this wii u and entry level system and discontinue the 8gb version, if you give them a mid range and restrictive console they are going to be hesitant to develop for it.

AllCreation
AllCreation

@JoffreArteagaYou'll have to excuse all of the typos in my earlier message... But I did fail to mention one thing, which is simply that Nintendo makes the bulk of its money targeting families and younger audiences. There's nothing wrong with that. They're not Sony who generally target older audiences and and college students. Would you ask Disney to include a Pulp Fiction  themed ride to its amusement park? You Can't Fault Nintendo for Not Being MS or Sony.

Twilord1
Twilord1

@RoyanRannedos @element187 Does make sense that they'd want to introduce the fan-bases of each to the other series in preparation for the cross-over alright.

nashismox3
nashismox3

@AllCreation @JoffreArteaga @JonnyLeighton 

No. The WiiU uses a weak IBM CPU from 1999, the same Gamecube CPU, only overclocked, and having 3 of them. Graphic wise is ok, but without the CPU backing it up, it is a wothless machine. The 360 and PS3 wipe the floor with the Wii U in terms of CPU boasting, each, 6 threaded multicore CPU's at 3.2ghz, using technology from 2005. The WiiU CPU workd at 1.24ghz using tech from 1999. The Wii U is crap stupid fanboy, that's why developers don't want to make games for it.

AllCreation
AllCreation

@JoffreArteaga@AllCreation 

I fully agree with a lot of the points you make. A Good launch is fundamental but, first of all I'd like to ask you to to scroll up and read my response to @JonnyLeighton where I explain the calamity of the Wii U's launch for those of us who didn't not already have this information.... 

Now in moving on, the Hardware issue If when you say "Now" you're speaking in terms of current 7th gen tech the Wii U is Stronger than the PS3 and 360 cut and dry but even so it's still not getting the 3rd party support that even these older systems are getting. It IS in part because of the aforementioned EA scandal. But also because the Wii U's infrastructure is completely different from everything else and developers simply haven't learned how to maximize it yet. It will also be years before the PS4 and XB1 have their limits tapped as well. In truth the only games that will actually be to powerful for the Wii U will be games with ridiculous production values that take years to develop and millions to create and the bulk of these games will need will be developed my MS or Sony themselves. Even big names like Square Enix are having finical issues trying to remain ahead graphically and technologically because of the production cost and scale of their games. The most powerful console has NEVER won a console generation war. Most of the big name games that are coming are releasing on the PS3 and 360 as well so the matter of of Power is moot. With is current install base developers have simply chosen not to develop for the Wii U. 

However, The fact of the matter is that third party support came to the Original Wii as a result of its enormous install base and NOT the other way around. Historically speaking even with the Wii and its 100,000,000 console install base 3rd party games Don't sell as well on Nintendo consoles. If you look at the numbers you'll see that when you say "games that move consoles" those games have only EVER moved MS and Sony consoles. This is more than likely because of Nintendo affinity to target families and younger audiences. I say this because Nintendo has NEVER been a company to rely on 3rd party support. While they do welcome the support its a pretty well know fact at this point that People Buy Nintendo Consoles To Play Nintendo Games. 

I also have to disagree with the notion of motion control being dead as Sony has announced a slew of new (mostly child based) Move software and have even heavily integrated motion control into the Standard Controller that will release with the PS4. Then we all know the emphasis that MS has placed on its Kinect effectively forcing you to purchase one with every XB1 console and Of course the Wii U is the Wii U. The Only next gen console that is backwards compatible (Another attractive feature that should help spawn sales especially if Nintendo/GameStop pick up the Wii trade in special they had last holiday season) So of course they still rely heavily on motion controls for the Wii and even so, many Wii U games are more fun with the Wiimote and Nunchuck than they are without them (Pikmin 3)

Also lets forget Sony and MS DO have to overcome their own launches. Months and then even Weeks before the Wii U launch every thing was all peaches an cream and nobody saw that EA thing coming... Could you imagine if EA suddenly pulled support for MS or Sony or some similar disaster were to occur. I would say its highly unlikely at this point but there will definitely be issues on a smaller scale. Issues like the initial install and months of working out bugs from the online infrastructure and there will definitely be some broken promises and features that were discussed but wont be present right away some perhaps not even for months or years. This is the nature of a console launch and I'm Still waiting for Color Mii Verse Art and that game where you use a Wiimote and hit a Golf Ball off of the Gamepad and into the TV!! 

Now allow me to retort, The most powerful console has NEVER won a console generation war. But, in this case I do have to agree with you... With the power of the PS4 and the XB1 and having stumbled at launch I would agree that Nintendo will have a hard time taking the number one spot in the 8th generation console war. However, If their current triumph with the 3DS is any indication they will still definitely turn a huge profit which is really all that matters. With the two new power house consoles From Sony and MS practically being clones of one another Nintendo is the only company offering a truly unique GAMING experience and is definitely the company that puts the greatest emphasis on family fun and family play which will be essential in the coming holiday season.