"A capable system that is still blossoming."4.5 starson by TomOlavHundstad
Pros: 1. Backwards compatible with Wii software and Wii accessories.
2. Varied and respectable library of games going into the holidays.
3. Several games let you choose between different controllers.
4. Off-TV play with the gamepad is great and convenient.
Cons: 1. Third party titles are often gimped ports of PS3/360 games.
2. Gamepad has a poor battery life.
Summary: Nintendo has had nearly a year to make the Wii U an attractive product, and they have had a pretty rocky ride. Software releases have been scarce and spaced out, but in recent times it has received a decent slew of third party titles like Splinter Cell: Blacklist and first party titles like Wind Waker HD to bolster its library.
The capabilities of the system range from acceptable to pretty good. The online is functional, though apparently varying in effectiveness between people - for some it works, for others it doesn't. Many games are made available from the eShop on a weekly basis, and Wii backwards compatibility means that Wii owners get to play their Wii downloads (like Virtual Console and WiiWare games) without any fuss.
The backwards compatibility also means that the console can utilize Wii controllers for immediate use in multiplayer games, meaning that Wii owners have a significantly lower hurdle to jump when buying the console.
With the holiday's releases coming up, and a respectable line-up of alluring titles awaiting in 2014, the Wii U is looking to only get stronger moving forward. Recommended purchase for Wii owners.