So I just got a WiiU as an early xmas present for us from the GF.
So far I really like the console as I expected, but as I expected there are some "drawbacks" as well.
Everyone says how great the controller is and how wrong anyone who says it's not has never tried it. Well now I have tried it and my experiences as far as ergonomy are not that rosy, I have fairly big hands. the only controls I can reach comfortably on the controller is the sticks ZL/ZR, I can reach the R and L buttons as well by holding far less comfortably. with index fingers on the ZL/ZR buttons.
The direction pad and YXBA buttons are much to far down to use effectively, B I can barely hit at all and in Black Ops II I usually hit A instead of B because of the terrible placement. also I don't understand the decision to not make the triggers analog... The Handle bumps on the bottom that's supposed t make it easy to hold/grip are also much to small for me and does absolutely NOTHING. they'd need to be 2-3 times as big at least to have any effect.
My GF on the other hand she thinks the whole thing is to big and can't hold it comfortably.
So, so far It's not working out for big or small hands very well.
As for the Screen, the ONLY real practical use for it I've seen so far is in Maria and being able to "disconnect" the game from the TV. I've seen no games make good use for it in any other why that couldn't have been done better by just using the screen on the TV. though I love being able to play Mario on just the screen. the menu system with the split between the pad and the TV also feels unnatural and unnecessarily... uh... not complicated but... gimmicky and just ... unnecessary. Rayman legends does make good use of the controller in how you control some of the level, however that has nothing to do with the screen and just the motion of the controller. the touch controls, don't really add anything to the game. I mean if you're buying a Rayman/platform game, then you want to play a platform game, not click other stuff while the computer does the playing.
Also patching, this console has been the worst experience for me as far as patching goes, not only did we have to wait for the huge first start patch. but EVERY game has had a patch, and my console patch experience so far is purely 360, which downloads and applies game patches in seconds. that can not be said for the WiiU. it takes quite a bit of time to both download and apply game patches. Room for improvement here, but luckily patches shouldn't be happening to often.
As for games.
Mario U is of course awesome, good old Mario game play, just plain fun, though not something I'll play for hours on end at a time, but I can put it short to long sessions every now and then. and I can just play it on the pad when I'm a bit bored doing other stuff. Was a bit hard to get into due to the controllers and bad ergonomy at the start, but I can cope now. but I would have played a lot better with a 360 style layout, that's for sure. It's also weird that you can't play multiple people with one person using the pad, but everyone has to use a wii remote. and the Wii remote is a horrible control for the game. bad button placements, ever worse ergonomy, and you have o shake it to do the spin.... seriously... that's just unplayable. I hope the pro controller works with it instead.
Cod BO II is ... well it's Black Ops II. doesn't make much use of the pad, other than the ability to display the game on it, good on them.
Tekken Tag, is pretty much just Tekken, doesn't really use the controller, suffers a bit from the bad ergonomy of the controller. probably better with the Pro controllers. we haven't played this much as it was primarily got for us to play together. and they where out of pro controllers.
Overall I'm loving the console, but nothing has rally knocked me back as super impressive over the 360. and there are some performance issues here and there. But it's got Mario and it'll have Zelda at some point, that alone makes it great
haven't tried Nintendoland yet as I haven't seen much point with just the pad and a remote. Probably give it a whirl when I get more tired of Mario
Also need to figure out a way to stick the sensor bar to the bottom of the TV. but the tv is to this for the glue pads to work, and the table under it is FAR below the tv with the tv hung on the wall. and while placing it on top of the Kinect sensor seemed like a good idea, that didn't work very well since the Kinect lights confused the remote and made it all jerky and weird.