I am not going to beat around the bush and I don't feel the need to write a lengthy blog post about this, but I messed around with a Wii U at Gamestop, today. If the Rayman demo is in ANY WAY indicative of what playing games on the Wii U is going to be like, I am going to pass. Constantly looking from one screen to another with little indication of when I am supposed to be looking at the gamepad instead of my TV is less than ideal. It took me a good minute and a half to figure out how to choose a level because it didn't occur to me to look away from the TV to the game pad. It just wasn't intuitive, at all.
With that said, I didn't mind the controller, at all. It's a little heavy, but some of that could be the tethering. Button placement and all that felt pretty good and it's the closest Nintendo's come to a damn normal controller since they set the standard for them with the SNES. I actually kind of liked browsing through the menus on the touch screen and then selecting what I want to do, that way. For the most part, I was pretty positive about everything until I actually played a game.