The WiiU had been on my want list for a while and after over a year of waiting I was genuinely not disappointed.
The main pro of the console is the gamepad. This enables off TV screen hand held playing, motion control and extended in game play. An example of how it enhances play is with Rayman, ZombieU and Wind Waker especially. The two screens allow for a lack of having to pause the game to control and switch between items, rummage through chests, unlock doors, look at maps, switching between characters, use of touch screen for extras in certain games and as a plus it couples as a TV remote.
The wiiU enables HD game play which is a massive plus that I don't think Nintendo advertised enough. Additionally this 32gb premium has a mass memory compared to old consoles with an added availability of saving on to sd card or memory stick (to download games once the hard drive is full you will need an external hard drive that either plugs into the wall or uses a Y cable. Games CANNOT be downloaded to the SD card) stands and chargers for the gamepad, stands for the console and a sticky sensor bar.
I received this with a Zelda HD download which came with a beautifully Zelda themed decorated gamepad. The game is jaw dropping in HD and the changes have made the game even more desirable. The obvious and one of my favourite changes apart from enhanced HD graphics is the use of the gamepad. Items and map can be accessed without pausing and the motion sense seems to work perfectly when aiming projectile weapons such as arrows. The other changes are worth mentioning as they do enhance playing; speedier treasure grappling, speedier sale for purchase, songs available on gamepad screen so you don't need to memorize them, extra wallet room and the use of 'bottles' which you write a message on and it throws it to miiverse where other people can interact to your message or pictures (available in most games but using messages in bottles which you then collect in the sea and find other peoples messages is a nice touch to a water based game).
I can't recommend this device enough, the expanded Eshop (indie games and the virtual consoles are growing rapidly) online interaction, use of photo to create a mii, HD graphics capability, expanding development of games and the touch pad are all wonderful parts of the WiiU that are a must have. The use of the touch game pad is hard to describe of how interactive, sensitive and truly unique it is, but I believe it is a step forward in Nintendo technology.
Five out of five. A must buy for all Nintendo lovers; it enables a mix of controller based play for hard core gamers and motion control for gimmick and enhanced playing. (ALSO HAS A WII IN IT SO YOU CAN PLAY WII GAMES)