With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Wii U, I figured that this would be the right time to post a thread on my thoughts on the system so far. I can't say I really have any problems with the hardware itself. The box is small and sleek with a nice glossy finish, almost like a longer Wii. And while I'm not exactly a fan of the way the Gamepad attracts fingerprints, it's pretty sturdy and isn't offensive aesthetics-wise. I would have preferred a higher resolution on the tab, it's decent enough and games look just fine on it. Now while the OS is a nice improvement over the Wii, it's quite lacking in a number of areas. There's no dedicated video or music player, there's no achievement system, there's an account system but it's still tied to the system unless you contact Nintendo to transfer it. More often then not, I find myself lamenting things I can't do on the system rather than being surprised by all the new things it can do. Playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted and want to play my own tracks to replace the in-game music. Oh wait, there's no custom soundtrack support. There's still no achievement system. There's an actual friends list and chat system...but no easy way to access it. Want to use text to communicate, open up Miiverse. Want to video-chat, open up the dedicated Wii U Chat application. It's one big mess. ...and so on. Now the game library is quite barren, to be expected with a console that's only been out for a couple months. There are a few gems in the rough, though. ZombiU: Pretty much the premiere third-party exclusive. It's survival horror done right. Sure it's not perfect (would have preferred more melee weapons for one) but it excels in certain areas and is certain no Red Steel. It also showcases the potential of the Wii U Gamepad better than any Nintendo-published game currently does. New Super Mario Bros U: The NSMB series is getting a bit long in the tooth, that much I'll admit. Even so, this is still a solid entry. Level design is just as solid as you would expect from a 2D Mario and the new Challenges mode is pretty fun. Really not worth $60 though, I'd wait for the price to drop. Need for Speed: Most Wanted: If you have a need for speed, this is well worth the purchase. Superior console version visually and performance-wise (something that can't be said too often with Wii U multiplats) and comes with free DLC. Lego City Undercover: Think GTA but with Legos. It's a pretty well-made game, the writing is pretty funny and the level design is great. Surprisingly good. And really, that's pretty much it. Sure you could bring up all the other ports (Injustice, Batman, etc.) but really, if you're buying a Wii U, you probably already own a console that can play those games. You're here for exclusives, not ports. There are quite a few interesting exclusives coming out in the future (TW101, Pikmin 3, Bayo. 2) but that's a long way off. Considering how Nintendo was touting how great the Wii U's "launch window" was going to be prior to launch, it really is a disappointment. I got the Wii U at half-price so I'm pretty satisfied, although that probably wouldn't have been the case if I got it at full price. The OS may be lacking and the game library is small but hopefully that changes in the future. The system has potential, I'm just waiting on Nintendo to realize it.