Originally Posted by confidenceman
There are conflicting reports from different devs. Some are claiming the WiiU is more powerful than current HD consoles. Others are saying it's slightly underpowered (due largely to the processing resources used for the tablet). The truth is probably somewhere in-between ...which would mean that the WiiU is pretty much on par with
current HD consoles.
I don't think there are any articles stating that it's underpowered compared to the current consoles. But the majority of them say it's not much more powerful which is very sad considering how old the PS3 and 360 are.
From a purely business and economics standpoint, I highly doubt that the Wii U will match the next gen of systems unless both Microsoft and Sony are focusing purely on the bottom line. Because Microsoft and Sony have traditionally been willing to lose money on the console to jump start sales of the next gen.
Nintendo does not have a track record of losing money on consoles. The first device ever in its history to lose money is the 3DS. And they didn't want to drop the price on it. but the 3DS launch was bordering on disaster. For Nintendo to make money on the console and be significantly more powerful than current gen systems, they would have to sell the Wii U for well over $400. And Nintendo will not sell a system that high. The only way for Nintendo to sell a system that high is if they price the Wii U controller separately. Maybe $400 for the system and $150 for the controller. They can't make money selling multiple Wii U controllers per system because the system only can handle one at a time (pretty crazy considering this is a multiplayer world now).
It's hard to know because Nintendo has to make money on everything they sell. If you go by Nintendo's need to make money on every device, then you can't possibly reason that the device will be reasonably priced and be powerful.
Nintendo banked so much money this generation that it's quite possible that they go all in with the Wii U. But I highly doubt that. Historically, they just sit on the money for the rainy day. Or the rainy generation.