Five Things We Love About the Wii U
In a bid for your entertainment center, Nintendo integrated television functionality into the Wii U and titled it "Nintendo TVii." The plan is to allow parents a chance to watch their shows while the kid plays the new Mario title on the controller nearby. This cuts down on the number of TVs in the house and also gives kids the ammunition they need to hopefully end up with a new console under the tree come Christmas.
2. The Not Having to Buy Accessories
Nintendo's modus operandi for the past 2 console generations was to release expensive peripherals for AAA a year or so after a console's release (Wii Motion Plus, card reader thing for GBA). The Wii U seems like it has the majority of stuff you're going to need for it, and the peripherals you're going to buy are probably going to be the ones available at launch.
1. It's pretty dang fun
During the hour we had to play around with it, the console seemed like a combination of modern gaming and the classic Nintendo feel. The sidescrollers are there and Mario will speak in a high-pitched voice again, but the childlike glee of tilting a controller and watching a cart move around the screen is something that'll be fun for gamers of all ages. Check it out, pick it up, or wait for a friend to do it and mooch off of them.