I remember read the Wii reviews in Nov/Dec 2007. I hadn't played vidoegames since 1992. It sound exciting. Tennis, golf, bowling, baseball, boxing.
I got it and was hooked bigtime. I got no less than 6 of my friends to get it.
Now? To me this is a step backward. I already have an iPad. They sold a zillion Wiis to non-gamers for the motion control factor. Now they are going to a tablet?
I can't imagine going from playing motion controls to going back to 2005 style videogames. I can't imagine getting non gamers overly interested in this. Example...when the Wii came out and you had it going on at a party everybody (even non-gamer girls) wanted to play. This new one is just a videogame. I mean the tablet is cool I guess but I can't imagine a bunch of non-gamers (older people and girls) demanding to try it out.
I have read articles that said college guys used the line "Want to go back to my place and play with my Wii" and it actually worked.
I cannot imagine girls being all that interested in going back to play on the Gamepad while the dude is using the Wiimote tilted sideways or whatever.
It just doesn't have the WOW factor and the party fun of having 4 people canoing or playing tennis.
To be blunt, I would rather play my old Wii games than go back to 2005 style.
And a 3 hour max battery life? Oh man, they have to be kidding. Back in my heyday, I could play 9 hours straight. Or more.
I don't have the system, just telling you how probably a lot of people see the situation.