It needs to actually be next gen. The 360 and PS3 are still outperforming it.... the 720 and PS4 will make it look archaic.
Yep, and good luck getting 3rd party support by then.
The need to sell more consoles to convince 3rd parties to keep making games for what will inevitably be, and pretty much already is, outdated hardware.
I disagree with this argument, the Wii was obviously under performing it's competition, but still managed to completely take the market for a long while. The thing that changes for the Wii U in my mind isn't that's it's held back by old tech, because the Wii proved it can be overcome with word of mouth and iconic games, BUT, the thing Wii U does not have is a Wii Sports. Wii sports was the only thing my extended family played on the wii, the only game, that's insane. The segment of the market that made the Wii a huge success barely bought games, they had Wii sports, Wii fit and Mario kart, the Wii U needs an iconic game to spread word of mouth, or else it will lag desperately behind the PS4 and Xbox, just in pure attention or excitement. Nothing about the wii u excites me, and that's my big problem with it, it's good, but not good enough for me to consider it.
The difference between the Wii and the Wii U is in the overall accessibility though. The Wii didn't need to compete with the 360 and PS3 in terms of hardware specs, because it had something that neither of the other consoles had - instant accessibility for every member of the family, young and old. The Wii U doesn't have that, a tablet-controller will not get grandma of the couch, and hence the Wii U will have to compete with the 360 and PS3 on their turf. So I stand by my original statement that Nintendo will have to aggressively push the console, in order for 3rd party developers to have an incentive to make games for the console.