IDG Answers is a community of experts who are passionate about technology. Ask a question or answer one below.
I'm in. I'm not naturally a Nintendo gamer, I was a Sega guy, then PlayStation and XBox. But when I had my first child, I took a new approach to gaming, and that meant a shift to Nintendo. Let's face it, as much fun as it is to decapitate a flock (murder?) of zombies, if you do that while a 3 year old is sneaking a look around the corner, you are in for some sleepless nights. On the other hand, not too many sleepless nights are the result of koopa confrontations.
Honestly, I'm not as excited as I was for the last generation of systems, in part because the WiiU doesn't seem to be moving the audio/video side of the experience much beyond where it is now. On the other hand, Nintendo does things differently. The Wii wasn't much more powerful than a GameCube, but it had innovative controls that significantly changed the gameplay experience. Also, you can pretty much count on Nintendo's 1st party releases to be slick, cleverly designed discs full of fun.
The really interesting thing will be how the gamepad is integrated not only into the gaming experience, but also the non-gaming video experience. It remains to be see how well it does this, but there is a good chance that the WiiU could actually establish itself as the hub of all living room entertainment.