I'm seeing my name getting thrown around a lot, so let's get a few things straight:
1. I don't hate the new name because it has the name "Wii" in it that I associate with a really terrible console. I hate the name "Wii U" because it's a terrible name that you have to explain for it to make anything approaching sense. It also looks terrible in writing and makes me feel like a fool saying it. I was prepared and even ok with seeing the Wii brand used again in this name. This is just a really crappy application of it.
2. I'm happy the new console may have the technical firepower of current generation consoles, if not better. I have few issues there unless it's only as powerful as current generation consoles, which will hurt it when the new Playstation and Xbox release with better specs. It could be the Wii issue all over again.
3. My main issue with the Wii U 3rd party support is that we got a demo of 3rd party games that are already going to be on current generation consoles earlier. I have a 360 and a PS3. Why should I care when they didn't show off any 3rd party exclusives, and they showed absolutely zero Nintendo 1st party titles? Why should I buy this device?
4. That controller is an abomination. Setting aside that Nintendo didn't give me any reason to think this touchscreen will do anything to "revolutionize" gaming that hasn't already been done on the DS, the layout is terrible and just hurts to look at. And what's with forcing the 3DS' circle pads on us? What was wrong with analog sticks? The entire controller just feels like Nintendo wanted to design another handheld but decided instead to make the handheld a controller. It doesn't look like a good controller for consoles.
I was prepared to be invested in this console, as I was a lifelong Nintendo gamer until this generation. This press conference was terrible, though, and Nintendo failed to give any reason why anyone should buy the Wii U. Everything it does is done just as well or better by consoles or handhelds already out on the market.