...Because the current one isn't selling and there's a precident for Nintendo product redesigns? Logic.
It is selling, just not really well.
It is now selling at a profit and has many BIG games coming this year alone, thus sales should marginally increase, thus more profits.
Nintendo has never redesigned home consoles until the end very end of their life ... my points above and summary of what Iwata said show Nintendo does not see WiiU at the end of its life.
It's not selling. I obviously know that it's selling something. It's not sell "just not really well." It's sales are abysmal. Shameful. Terrible. Atrocious. Bad.
Marginal isn't good enough when your system is selling as poorly as the Wii U. I love Smash and Kart, but they aren't going to change people's minds about the thing if their minds are already made up. I don't think the Wii U's not worth $300, but the vast majority do. Nintendo can't afford to cut the price as is. Releasing a cheaper Wii U along side the original with cheaper parts and, sorry, no gamepad would allow them to sell the system for cheaper while acrewing more profit. Bundle that with a redesigned pro controller plus with new NFC capabilities and a software patch update, and they have the Wii U's version of the 2DS, only more people would buy this one.
Nintendo has also never posted three years in a row of losses. We need to get out of the mindset that the Wii U will have a "long life." I still think their new hardware will be out by 2016. Nintendo's not going to say that the Wii U is ending soon. That would be stupid. No one would buy a console with an expiration date, but there is one.
Wii U will get great games. It's a great console, but it's stupid to keep thinking that a company as big as Nintendo will continue a console expected to sell 3 million units in the next year for many years to come. You can't even say it's the new Dreamcast. It's selling less than that. Nintendo is not even expecting it to outsell the Dreamcast by this time next year. That kind of failure can't be allowed to continue "because it's finally starting to sell at a profit."
Two Wii U models. Side by side. Wii U Deluxe includes the Gamepad as per usual for $300. "Wii U Pro" includes Pro controller and no gamepad for $200. Gamepads are now sold separately for like $100. Both sell at a profit. Nintendo pleases everyone. The end.