Wii was only ever 'ok'
Poor Nintendo. We've got a Wii at home which still gets used regularly. But, as the kids grow up we won't be upgrading to a Wii-U. Instead it will be either an Xbox or PS3 / 4 / 5. The games are 'ok'. It's easy to use and I happen to like the controllers. (The Lego series of games have kept the Wii going for us [buying them second hand mostly]).
So why not buy a Wii-U?
Sadly for the Wii it never had anything going for it to keep hold of the user in the Nintendo ecosystem:
- Limited graphics
- Dull built-in apps (The Mii plaza became boring after creating the first Mii)
- Crappy email app (who wants to send/remember email to <crazy-long-id>@nintendo.com?)
- Nintendo discontinued the Weather channel which was the only built-in app the kids actually ever bothered looking at.
- Limited web browsing via the Opera channel (free, then paid for, then free again.)
- Ability to play DVDs? No.
- Ability to play music collections? No.
- Ability to integrate? Beyond the Youtube channel - No.
- Live chat with fellow Wii players? No.
- So many people I know still have Wii consoles, did they ever link them together after all these years? No - because there was *nothing* to do once linked.
The Wii *should* have at least been a home entertainment system with better than average games and a better multiplayer environment. A throwaway console.