I don't know how to put it to you guys. Of course the Wii is a new console, it just was a new gen 6 console.
Yes, WiiBox3, you're right, it was more powerful than the gamecube, but it was still in the level of gen 6 consoles, and did little to differentiate itself from gen 6 performance-wise.
All I'm saying is what we already know, I just wanted to show that all of Nintendo's leadership saw it the same way, including Yamauchi.
That may have been how the powers at be at Nintedo felt at the time, but as we all know a console isn't finalised until they start the mass production. Even the dev kits are often very different in terms of specs (gpu, cpu, etc) up until very close to the release of a console. This doesn't mean Nintendo's leadership changed it's mind on how they saw project dolphin. It was orginally a Add on for the GameCube.
That pattent was submitted just a couple of months before they unvield the Wii console. A lot can change in a few months let alone two years before release.