I was having doubts, but after seeing the upcoming games for the console, I am pretty optimistic for it. There are some really great looking first party games coming in the near future. But that's about it. past the first party games, there isn't all too much that excites me about the Wii U.
For full disclosure, I will be getting a Wii U this week. And probably a PS4 or XBox one later on. That way I would have coverage over all the games I would like to play :)
Once a Super Mario Brothers (not the New version) or Zelda game is released the console sales will certainly pick up.
The Super mario 3D world looks great :) and there is a re-release of wind waker, but that doesn't count as a new zelda
I agree for the most part, but I wouldn't call the WiiU dead yet. Software is always Nintendo's strongest suit and we should be seeing a good release over the next 16 months hopefully that should give the WiiU at least a steady level for people who need their Nintendo fix. I agree though that the WiiU at this point will be nothing more than a niche product. It won't be the Nintendo system in every household.
After this price cut, it might be somewhat compelling as a cheaper alternative to Sony's and Microsoft's new offering. I agree it won't appeal to everyone, but Nintendo still controls a great portfolio of first-party series and titles. So even without some of the big third-party developers, the Wii U will have enough exclusive titles to justify my purchase of it, at least. I just snatched up the Wind Waker limited edition this week and am thoroughly enjoying it. I don't plan to order an X-Box One or PS4 anytime soon.
I don't know that it will be an equal third console, but it should be more than enough to keep Nintendo in the market. So depending on your definition of "contend", maybe not. But it should be enough to keep them in there and appeal to a certain demographic, just like the Gamecube and Wii kept them in the market, just not the market leader.