"Wii." Therein lies the major problem...the name itself. Not just the name though, but the constituents that came with that name ‘Wii.’ Original Wii controllers work with the system. This detracts from its novelty and ability to stand alone and unabated as a true, NEW, next gen console. It's backwards compatibility. Another detractor. Why would grandma and grandpa buy another Wii that plays the same games? Price. Although price certainly helped sell Wii systems, selling many more original Wii's than prospected is also a poignant reason as to why the Wii, U, didn't/isn't selling.
Grandma and grandpa as well as middle aged workaholic, soccer mom, and ‘he who does the fad thing’ are casual gamers. They don’t even know when (or what) next gen is but they do know ‘alike’ which is much more important in the decision to purchase or not purchase a Wii, U. The separation of “Wii and U” is being obviated because this is how I believe consumers are viewing the Wii U in general…as a Wii with something else added to it. As in, the Wii U has ambiguity surrounding its properties. Not just based on the name but because the name is magnetic and contends to a flashing beacon of warning signals of ‘same’ or similar. And adding up its parts – low price, Wii controller compatibility, backwards compatibility, and name – equals new Wii and not ‘Brand New Better Console.’
I’m sure sales projections of the Wii, U, was to a degree, partially based on original Wii sales. Too bad grandma and grandpa don’t keep up with the times. Nor does soccer mom.
Nintendo needs to appeal to hardcore gamers now...it's their only hope. Why? Because the Wii, U is losing steam quick and hardcore gamers will play if the games are geared with them in favor and are more likely to drive sales and popularity of video games which can sell units. Strange enough...I almost purchased a Wii U but I already have a Wii.