…is that the Game Industry wants it to succeed.
What was so much fun about the Wii was that the Game Industry didn’t want it to succeed. The big gaming companies were so heavily invested in the PS3 and Xbox 360 with only token support for the Wii. When the Wii took off, there was lots of hoping and praying it would be a fad.
With the 3DS and Vita, much of the Game Industry is interested in smart phones and tablets. The 3DS succeeding or failing doesn’t matter to them.
The Wii U is a very different story. As the reader can tell, there is much heavier investment across various game companies with the Wii U. There is also the incentive that if the Wii U becomes a hit that ports of Xbox 360 and PS3 games will start selling.
Always follow the money.
I bring this up because the reason why the Wii was always ‘doomed’ even though it was sold out for years was because the Game Industry didn’t want it to succeed. The Wii U, in comparison, will never be presented as ‘doomed’ (even if it sells like the Vita) because there is too much money riding on the Wii U.
I believe the general market has become very aware of the Game Industry and enjoys sticking it to them. In other words, if the Game Industry wants the market to be one way, bet on the market doing the opposite.