Nintendo is launching their next-generation video game console today, the Wii U, and just like the last one, it seems to be garnering more than its fair share of incredibly mixed reviews. The bottom line on original Wii was "best selling console collecting dust on the shelf" as hard-core and online gaming went to Xbox, and casual gaming to iOS. Now, however, Nintendo has added it's own iPad-like tablet controller to the Wii U, along with HD graphics, and perhaps even better online services.
Again, however, reviews are incredibly mixed. The Wii U tablet is sometimes a mirror, sometimes a second screen, but always a resistive touchscreen like phones pre-2007, difficult to use and flummoxing to understand. Nintendo's first party titles, including Mario, of course, are great, but good third party support is as questionable as always. I bought a Wii at launch and played it quite a lot at first, but haven't touched it in over a year. I'll be waiting on the Wii U.
Gone are the days I'm willing to buy Nintendo kit no questions asked. They haven't kept up with the times as well as I wish they had. Never mind not making Mario for iOS, that's their right and decision, but the Wii U just looks like the wrong solution for modern gaming, especially with the "Xbox 720" and "PlayStation 4" on the way -- and iOS encroaching on the living room with AirPlay. It looks complex and confused, and I'd rather see where it's going before I put any money into it.