What's more odd is that the basic model doesn't come with a game, so if you're going to get the basic and a game (I'm guessing the cost is $50), then it makes no sense to get the basic model, since you'll be paying the same amount for the deluxe as buying a game and basic model separately unless you're bent on getting a white console. With both models priced the way they are, Nintendo is basically competing against itself here. One thing's for sure, there will be plenty of WiiU's in stock at these prices during launch.
I'd also like to question as to why Nintendo thinks it needs all these extra media features, Netflix and Hulu and whatnot. It's a serious question since those things probably added to the cost of the console. Would Nintendo have been better off leaving all that fluff out or is this a basic feature that everything with a screen needs to have now?
I must have been sleeping when this was announced so I am going off of your post alone for my info. (Actually, I bet it was in Japan so I WAS sleeping)
I am worried about the GamePad, and where this console fits in.
Kids are rough on stuff. Whether its Wii-motes flying through TVs or scratching up the precious game discs, the GamePad needs to be durable. Its that simple. Maybe this console is targeted more towards the "hardcore" gamers which can take better care of their stuff.
As for where this fits in, I just don't think its appropriate to compare this console to the much older X360 and PS3, even if they are relatively similar in features. I also don't feel like you can compare it against unannounced successors to those consoles.
They are getting it into houses at $299, and perhaps enough people needing their Mario fix will buy this.
EDIT: I would also like you point out the original Wii came with a game (Wii Sports) at the $250 price point
No Wiimotes on the bundles? That won't be good for someone who doesn't have a Wii or have just sold their Wii.
Yeah, I'll edit the post to mention Wii Sports.
So Gamestop is offering a $60 credit for trading in the Wii Console towards a Wii U. Am I the only one that thinks this is an awful deal?
Maybe it's cause I am heavily invested in the Wii Virtual Console :D
I would have much rather seen Nintendo sell an HD Wii as a stand-alone unit and market the Wii U controller in a similar fashion as the Wii Fit board. I don't want to hold something that large while playing a game and I certainly don't like that whatever experience is gained through that peripheral is not shared with the other people in the room playing with me. If Nintendo wanted to push this second screen idea they should have just used the DS instead of this stand alone controller (which I certainly wouldn't buy multiple of).
I have been a fan and purchaser of Nintendo since the olden days. I have a feeling of dread since the first previews of the WiiU. The big N has NEVER been about the main hardware but about great fun games and innovating new controller tech. Most of the games shown do not look remotely fun and very blah re-hashes and the tablet controller seems very lackluster compared to even cheap no-name tablets on the market. Compared to what Microsoft and Sony has brewing for next year... I think this may be the Nintendo version of the dreamcast.