1) It's more expensive because of the useless tablet. Unless they remove it, its price will never drop to the Gamecube's levels.
2) Why would those games do better on Wii U than they did on Gamecube? Mario didn't. Again what do we know?
3) Even if theings turn around to Gamecube levels, it would fail to beat it because right now the Gamecube is DESTROYING it. It would have to start destroying the Gamecube to even catch up with it...
I am not saying the Wii U can't do better, I am saying there is zero evidence that it will, and tons of evidence that it won't. Anyone who says it WILL do better, is delusional.
There's plenty of evidence it will, you're just choosing to ignore it.
1. "WiiU will never drop to Gamecube price" ... seriously? You think Wii U will never hit $199 with the tablet? Manufacturing costs reduce with time.
2. Because those franchises have grown since then.
3. Gamecube was the car with good acceleration but no top speed. Wii U is the car with shitty acceleration but a higher top speed. (Key games arriving later, higher starting price point)
1. That $199 won't happen until 2015 at the earliest. That's a long time from now.
2. Those franchises grew with the success of the Wii, with the WiiU doing much worse it's very likely that Mario Kart and Smash Bros will return to Gamecube numbers.
3. Several key games have already arrived and they have done litte to push hardware. NSMB sold 30 million copies on the Wii, why didn't that become a huge hardware pusher for the WiiU?
Its not just price that matters but also competitors price. Gamecube was always cheaper than its competitors by $50-100, for the first year Wii U was $50-100 more expensive than its competitors. Going into next year it will be $100-200 cheaper than its competitors and if possible I say they drop the price to $250 for the NSMBU/Luigi bundle and release a $300 Mario Kart 8+Nintendo Land+Wiimote/Wii Wheel bundle in April.
With the casuals leaving Nintendo, that pretty much leaves just Nintendo core franchises to do all the work and in the first year for Wii U that was pretty much just 2D Mario/Luigi and 3D Mario. There was also a 10 year old Zelda remake and the extremely niche Pikmin. So as far as big hitters go it was all Mario this year and even he cant push a $300+ console on his own. Donkey Kong/Mario Kart/Smash Bros are some of Nintendos biggest hitters and they will help Mario to give Wii U a nice selection of Nintendo system sellers and thats when smaller Nintendo titles can thrive, once the install base is at a respectable level.
U have to remember Gamecube had Smash Bros, Luigi Mansion, Pikmin, 3D Mario, Star Fox, Metroid Prime, Animal Crossing and $50-100 cheaper than comp in its first year vs 2D Mario/Luigi, 3D Mario, Pikmin and Wind Waker and $50-100 more expensive than comp in its first year. So while Wii U started out worse than Gamecube, it def has more room for improvement.