The Wii U was a train wreck, just horribly conceived and executed in virtually every possible way from its core design to the name to the marketing to the games to the lack thereof. Nintendo didn't just drop the ball, they then tripped over it, fell down a flight of stairs, and landed in a sewerage outlet.
Sure, it had some amazing games like Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2, but in between them was months and months of droughts that made the Sahara look like the Amazon. Plus, many of their big games for it were disappointing missteps.
All that being said, I can't bring myself to hate it, it's just too much of a pathetic underdog, like a deformed puppy you just help but feel sorry for.
At the end of the day, it gave birth to one of the greatest games of all time in BOTW, an awesome new IP in Splatoon, and a far superior successor in the Switch. That's its legacy; it may have been shit, but that shit fertilized the fields from which Nintendo's current resurgence has sprung.
Last edited by curl-6 - on 22 November 2018