The Wii U works well in the living room though. Nice to have at least one HD TV in the house, not that I have any games that takes advantage of it quite yet. The tablet is very neat, both as a controller and for what features it has. As far as first impressions go, it is very responsive, touch screen works well, and when I heard that the tablet can function as a TV remote, I was impartial to it, but when it comes to actually using it, it is so much more convenient to be able to adjust the TV volume without having to let go of the game controller to grab the TV remote to change things. What's even neat is that the Wii U doesn't have to be on to use the tablet for the TV remote features! All you had to do was input what brand of TV and even cable box you use, and that was enough to get it to recognize the signals for our Samsung TV and AT&T cable box. In the end, though, Nintendo managed to put all the features of a Nintendo DSi into the console experience with the tablet. The tablet DOES contain a touch screen, camera, microphone, and more.
As for the console, I can tell that internet integration is a big part of the Wii U. It's all about the Nintendo community now with all the other players who are playing the Wii U. Even in the menu screen, you see Miis walking around and sharing comments and drawings that people have given regarding a game through speech bubbles. In that sense, it certainly makes it harder for Nintendo to make the Wii U a kid-friendly console. Thankfully, it DOES have a parental control setting for those who care, but I have no reason to touch that at all. >_>
The only game we have for the Wii U so far is Nintendo Land, and it certainly plays pretty well. I wish we had more Wii Motion Plus controllers though to play more multiplayer games with more people. As of now, we only have one Wii Motion Plus, and the tablet, so we're a bit limited in what games we can play with a group of friends. Either way, the game is pretty fun for casual play with friends. Game Grumps sure showed me that, which got me interested in Nintendo Land in the first place.
The problem I have now is that since the Wii U isn't backwards compatible with GameCube games, I no longer have access to them with the current setup. Even worse, Wii U can't use GameCube controllers either, so Wii games that I play with GC controllers like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and such would have to be with the Wiimote. I don't even think the Classic Controller works on it, now that I think about it...
That's all I have to say about the Wii U so far. Being that it's out in the living room, I can't say that my gaming situation has changed much however, so who knows whether if I'll have a more detailed review for this out any time soon.