Is Wii U part of this current generation which will last until 2015, or is it the fist of the next generation lasting from 2012 until 2022? This question is not about if it is "good enough" or 'changed' enough, as much as I question timing. I think you can argue both sides. I'd welcome "reasons" for why it is or isn't next generation. (Games, store/GUI/desktop, back-end tools, and other factors could be used to argue the point.)
Yet, a week before it launches,what do people "feel" about Wii U's place in the cycles? Is it 'truthy' to call it Next Gen?
I see the system as the last Nintendo Wii model of the current generation fitting in with PS3 Super Slim w/ Move or XB 360 Slim w/ Kinect. The PS3, and XB360 will be lasting and see support for a few more years from what pundits are saying; therefore, with the specs of Wii U are in line with those system I see Wii U as part of the current gen. I do not see Wii U not kicking off a new generation as a bad thing or a slight, I see it as what would be its logical niche because of the game it will run.