The Wii U held up for at least 3 years. If you think 50 bucks spread over 3 years is too much you should not be buying consoles.
Well, the thing is that PS2 cost me $150 total back then, and held up more than 3 times what Wii U did... 3 years is laughable. So, why wouls someone would want to pay more for less?
The topic here is not that $50 bucks is too much, but $50 bucks is too much compared to other options. And yeah, I think Wii U was my last consolo (talking about nintendo at least)
"We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us" - Andrew Ryan, Bioshock.