That Wii U story is bunk. It talks about a developer working on a system as it is being formed - guess what, hardware iterations and documentation fluctuate profusely during that period - and being flabbergasted that Nintendo want to do something that isn't aping its competitors for their online presence. It's an outdated story at best and outright irrelevant at worst.
I'm a Wii U developer. The situation described by the author no longer exists.