Slated to come out towards Christmas (the leaked date is November 18) of this year the Wii U is more than an upgrade, but doesn’t change the formula that made the Wii accessible. It focuses on intuitive gameplay and shallow learning curves. If you upgrade to a Wii U, you can keep everything from your old Wii. It plays Wii games and uses Wii remotes. Nintendo sold the Wii on its value and they will use all this backwards compatibility to convey value into the Wii U.
Backwards compatibility is not the cool thing about the Wii U. The Wii U is in HD, the first time Nintendo has thought it was important to have HD in a console. There’s also a new controller. This is probably the coolest thing about the Wii U. The new controller has a touchscreen built-in. And a camera, gyroscope, motion sensors, position sensors. This all makes the controller the most interactive and submersive controller ever created. Here’s a trailer that shows how incredible this new controller is going to be: