I don't know about anyone else but the reason I'm being extra-flippant about Nintendo's show is because the Wii put a massive dent in my respect for the company. I'm just not convinced they care about the gamers they captivated ten years ago. From a business point of view, that's fine, but I'd agree with those who said this E3 did need to dazzle avid long-term followers. A HD Zelda, proper Mario or Metroid would have said - hey, we haven't forgotten about you, you are a priority. I definitely got the opposite impression. So even though those sort of titles are inevitable in the Wii U's life-time, the fact they're not first in the line says a lot. I am used to poor launches, lack of initial titles with pull-power. It's another thing to feel like the company just doesn't care about (or at least doesn't prioritize) these things properly.
The pretty poor battery life and halving the FPS with two game-pads is also pretty disappointing. At this point if I thought another year of work on the system would gear it up properly - I'd be all for it. To me, and I hate to be the first guy to say it, this already feels like a Dreamcast type scenario. This show would have been decent if it was last years. As others have said, we are six months away from launch. In a couple of years it's hard to see it competing with the new Sony/MS crop.
And I don't think the causal crowd (broad/ambiguous label I know) are going to be as mesmerized by the Wii U as Nintendo think. It's a tablet in a controller, it looks big and clunky and complex. It's the opposite of the magic wand that you wave in front of the tele. Furthermore, a big chunk of the stuff third-parties were doing with the game-pad could easily be done on Microsoft's silver screen thing (or whatever it's called) - on their aged, current-gen console.
At this point, my registered interest is pretty much zero. Word on a full-blown Mario or Zelda might have strung me along for another system cycle (like I was with the Wii) - not a chance on the basis of this E3. But hey, once a sucker, always a sucker. As long as nobody checks my post history all will be well whatever.
Any word on the specs? That was a big talking point heading into E3 but haven't read anything about that.
( Edited 06.06.2012 01:34 by The Strat Man )