Well, I would comment something defending my original argument, but no. Because you are actually right. The N64 was a very powerful piece of hardware, not THAT far from the DC.
My point really, is that DC was more powerful than the consoles of its time.
I know it's not an exact comparison, but I find the DC and U to share a few things in common. I'm not saying either that the U will be WAY below the other new systems. I actually just want to see how good or bad it really does, performance wise, because horse power don't make the best console, but it's still fun to compare and see how they do.
I just can't help but to compare it to the DC at times, but as I said, only time will really tell.
I've also made similar claims. I feel that if Nintendo doesn't play their cards right, the Wii-U could end up similar to the dreamcast for them. The problem with that generation was simply the gap between the least powerful console and the most powerful console was insane. The dreamcast vs the original xbox basically. Then in the middle you had the PS2 then the Gamecube. The amazing thing about the gamecube was it could produce visuals similar to the original xbox thanks to its powerPC chip. Really made it shine. Basically Nintendo made PowerPC popular. Yeah I fully understand what you're saying about the Dreamcast/Wii-U. For some developers I'm sure it feels simply like a bridge to next gen, and not the full package. It will be interesting to see how this pans out for Nintendo. In the past it has shown bad for companies to release their console too early.