The current wii can't support this controller. The wiiU supports at least 5 way Multiplayer, which is kind of cool. They haven't actually shown ANY first party games yet. Only smash brothers have been mentioned. I agree that only one New Controller per system is crazy but they are looking into changing this, however thats the "U" part of the console and the old WiiMote/nunchuck is the "Wii" part. Is it a good idea? No idea, I haven't seen enough yet. Really and truly we need to see the first party launch game, and if THAT interests people half as much as Wii Sports then Nintendo has a winner, if not, it's going to be just "ok".
The third party games is a major reason for the WiiU's design, but this isn't a bad thing, or at least it doesn't have to be. Improved graphics isn't the best reason to upgrade but at least it is a vaild one. A game system that is flexiable enough to support a wide range of game designs might be a good thing, motion controlled gaming practically forced 3rd parties to make games to use that tech, even games that didn't naturally use it.
This was a bold idea by Nintendo but in many cases it didn't work. So now Nintendo is giving companies the option of many different control methods - and hopefully the games they will create will offer us this choice too. ( I really hope game designers will let us use IR from the Wiimote instead of just Dual sticks for FPS games!!)
It has to be noted that quite a lot of Super Mario Brothers Mii has been demoed, I saw quite a long Youtube vid. My gut feeling says that you believe this will really come out but your feeling too annoyed at nintendo to admit it But if your so sure..then I'll offer you a bet that a 2D mario bros will be either be out or at least announced for WiiU within a year of the consoles release. Signature Bet.
You mean the current Wii can't support this controller in a five people multiplayer way, right? That isn't exactly a good reason to make people buy a whole new console. Nintendo's Wii U presentation was poor all around.
Don't buy into the lame excuses third parties made in order to not support the Wii. That console offered different control methods as soon as it launched. Sure, developers had to think up a control scheme for the Wiimote/Nunchuk, because that was the standard controller that came with every system, but nothing stopped them from supporting the Classic Controller as well. Isn't it amazing how a launch window fighting game like Guilty Gear does exactly that while later games apparently don't come to the Wii due to its controller that isn't suited for such titles?
Third parties have been acting just like hardcore gamers who refuse to play Nintendo systems. It's obvious that they do not like Nintendo, but they try to mask it by coming up with "valid" excuses. The thing is that Nintendo doesn't even need third parties to have a successful console. It was Nintendo who made the Wii successful and if they had released more games we wouldn't have to have suffered through so many droughts. There are plenty of Wii games Nintendo released only in one or two regions and then there's Skyward Sword, a game that had over 200 people directly working on it over the course of five years. Now imagine what all those people could have made, if nowadays Zelda wouldn't take so long to complete.
Regarding the bet, I'll have to take a look at the demos first. I'll come back to it, if I don't forget about it.