The Wii U is proving to be a disaster for Nintendo. The company shipped just 390,000 units in the last quarter, and estimates suggest the original Wii has outsold the Wii U.
A part of the reason is price, of course. The Wii is much less expensive. My problem with the Wii U is, what is the gamepad for? When my son and I were at PAX East last March, we demo’d a few Wii U games and he barely used it (you can see it sitting idle on the table above). Perhaps we didn’t play games that take advantage of it, but it seems like this big bulky thing with no purpose.
The gamepad was helpful for typing in Scribblenauts, but he can already do that just as easily on the iPad.