Personally though there are Wii U games I would like to play but I think I'll hold off on buying the console until I see what the game library looks like in the long run.
steephen- I'm not following your logic. Releasing a system in 2012 with the graphical abilities that we've seen from 2006 just doesn't make any sense to me. Nintendo may be able to pull it off, but I wish they wouldn't.
I don't see that happening until probably the 2030s (at worst); Nintendo is the wealthiest video game company ever right now and the Wii U will rival the worldwide sales of the PlayStation 3 at the very least. Even if they do place last in every region (which I think is unlikely to happen), I still see them making a couple more consoles and continue on with portables.
I predict the Wii U will sell around 68-72 million units and be the highest selling console of the next generation; handhelds will continue to dominate sales with the 3DS and Vita selling 98 and 55 million units, respectively. Mobile phones and tablets will have some impact on this next generation, as well.
Looks like you can get one in store at Walmart on the 14th.
I think the Wii U will be quite successful. Other than the great Nintendo games that will come out for the console (and don't take that statement lightly) there are some other unique functions that could help to sell units.
I'm intrigued by Miiverse. It seems like Nintendo is almost doing a Facebook type social media program that is focused only on gaming. We'll have to wait another month or so to see, but I can imagine that it would be great for getting people together that like to talk about games (like this site).
TVii is interesting too. It seems like that software will make it a lot easier for someone who is trying to replace cable with Netflix, Hula, etc... Plus it will turn the Wii U gamepad into your remote control.
I also like the video phone functions of the Wii U gamepad. It seems like you would only be able to use it with other people that have a Wii U, but it's still a cool idea. And if anyone else in my family gets one, then we're likely to put it to good use.
Granted take it with a grain of salt, because I've been on board from day 1. I have my Wii U pre-ordered, and I will get mine on the day it's released, just like I did for the Wii, Gamecube, N64, and SNES!