If you want the basic Wii U experience, buy a Wii with games and draw a U on it. At least then you'll save a couple hundred bucks.I owned it for the first year of its life, and was extremely disappointed. Its library of games is growing for someone who hasn't bought it, but once you actually own the console and are waiting for other games, expect one retail game every 3-4 months. And if you don't like it, that's too bad. 2 at Christmas since you've been such a good boy.On top of that, It's all the same games you could get on other consoles. You got your new New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, Monster Hunter Pikmin, and coming is a new Zelda and new StarFox. And finally, the elephant in the room: the Gamepad. This was Nintendo's new device to beat the dead horse we call motion gaming. Rather than making it an extra peripheral, the console is centered around it... Or was. In some release games, the GamePad had some interesting features in games to try and change up the standard. ZombiU is probably the best example. Your backpack would be on the second screen, and you could switch out weapons in your hand and choose what to use to attack with. That's neat.Now, all that is being abandoned. Modern games like Donkey Kong Country don't even use it in game except for off TV play, and Mario Kart 8 decided to just use it as a horn. While you're still forced to keep it on for most games, the GamePad (in newer games) has such a low functionality that, unless you want to play HD games on a 6 inch screen, it's just not worth it.Nintendo will always be a company I admire for their IP and ability to think outside the box. But this isn't "outside the box" for Nintendo. It's just a Wii with some slight changes.When Nintendo gets back to their roots and makes a new console, I'll be in line day one to get it. But this isn't it.