the Wii U is an HD system, granted Nintendo is a bit behind in the aspect of graphics "technically", the fact that the Wii has sold almost 15-20 million more units than the Ps3 or Xbox 360 speaks for itself. Nintendo also claims top sales rights for console sales period with the DS. As far as I know Nintendo is actually pressing for second and third party developer's games to broaden its fanbase. I was once a die hard Nintendo fan back in the SNES and N64 days but as they lost, or rather let go of their third party games I started to stray away with franchise conglomerates like Square leaving Nintendo for greener pastures. But I feel that they have the right idea with the Wii U, and without a doubt it will stand the test of time. As far as handhelds go, I don't think anyone, not even mobile gaming on Android or iOS will ever dethrone Nintendo in this aspect. That said I am currently an Xbox owner and I love my box, but their are some exclusives from other console that I wish were there ( God of War, Zelda, etc...) but I am perfectly happy with it.