Throughout the current (8th) gaming generation there has been an unnecessary, unfounded, illegitimate disdain for Nintendo's 8th gen gaming console known as the Wii U. There are a few things that people have come up with to excuse their ignorance of the consoles brilliance and instead cling onto a console that has had very little of any value for the entire time it's been released so far.
First thing is people say that Nintendo's marketing team is the failure. They didn't properly inform the 'casuals' that the Wii U is an entirely new gaming console, so they just thought it was a gamepad meant to work with the Wii. You have to be pretty braindead and unable to perform simple problem solving in order to conclude that a picture of a different console and a gamepad = peripheral for something I already have. These are the same people who understand that iPhone 6 isn't just an attachment to the iPhone 5. These are the same people who watch infomercials and decide that they need this NEW upgrade to the same thing I already have. These people aren't this dumb, they are able to see a new version of something when they see it, if that's all it is to them. Therefore they didn't see the Gamepad, ignore the console on the box, and think "Oh I bet thats a new thingy for my Wii!". Granted, there are a few people who thought they could buy a Wii U game and play it on a Wii.. but those are the same people who thought a CD is a fancy record that you could play on your turntable. Why would you try to market to them in the first place? You wouldn't and Nintendo didn't.
Second thing people will say is that Nintendo is too gimmicky and the gamepad is a clunky, useless piece of plastic with a cheap screen that serves to drive the price of the console package up by about $70 and has a crappy battery life. And what I have to say to those people is Ayyyyy. Seriously though, have you ever played with a Dual Shock 4 for over 4 hours? It's pretty much unanimously agreed that the Lightbar on the DS4 is completely useless and a waste of the battery. When the PS4 first released, people were reporting the wearing off of the rubber on the DS4 analog sticks. The trackpad on the DS4 is also useless, what game uses it for anything other than a Start button? It would have been much simpler to stick a start button on the controller. Thing is, the track pad was just Sonys answer to the touch screen on the Wii U Gamepad. And nobody is using it. The battery life of a DS4 is 4 1/2 hours at the most. Granted, the Gamepad doesn't do a lot better in this area but at least Nintendo offers a battery that extends the life of the Gamepad by about 3 more hours. General consensus is that the Gamepad is actually a pretty comfortable, lightweight standard controller with a screen that offers off-TV gameplay, or an extra screen for the developer to utilize to get all the clunky menu stuff off your game screen. Anybody that has used a Gamepad hasn't mad much bad to say about it. Those who have not used one, or those who consider themselves traditionalists (but aren't because the DS4 is not a traditional controller, it's only shaped and sized like one) are usually the ones who make up reasons to hate it.
The third thing people will say for why they don't want a Wii U is that the games it offers are too childish or cartoony, or that it doesn't have enough games to warrant buying. The reality of this is that Nintendo tried to address this issue and people kicked against it. Nintendo tried to provide reasons to own a Wii U by offering things that would not be anywhere else. And people literally went on anti-Nintendo tirades saying that its better that the game didn't even exist than for it to be on a Nintendo console. This attitude does not incriminate Nintendo at all, it instead incriminates the people who wanted the game that Nintendo funded/paid to have made for them, but told Nintendo that Nintendo is not good enough for them. This is literally an anti-gamer attitude. I have no other way to put it. To want a game, and after its made, tell the one who funded it that you wont buy that game just because it's not on a console made by a company that shares in your egotistical workstation graphics dudebro hardcore superiority complex is ANTI GAMER. You, at that point no longer belong to videogames, you then belong to Sony. You are the ones Sony was referring to when they said that their fans will buy whatever they put out because Sony feeds your need to retain a masculine/mature image in your gaming persona. You are no better than a girl-gamer. You resort to Sony to retain all of your insecure needs to be manly, to feed your superficiality in feeling mature.
I have been accused by people of being anti-Sony, or that I hate everything that isn't Nintendo. That is not true, and these people know it. The fact that I own a Playstation 4 negates those claims. I don't have to play every game published for PS4 to be accepting of Sony as a videogame provider.
Now with all that said.. the Wii U isn't a trash console and Nintendo isn't some kind of anti-gaming boogeyman company that everyone who takes themselves too seriously needs to run away from to retain an image. I am a bit frustrated with Nintendo right now because of how ambiguous they're being with their release dates. But nobody is doing well with this right now. Nintendo makes games. It's what they do. It's what they love. It's all they invest in. Those are facts. Videogames are not a second venture, or a sideshow to support other branches of their global company. Nintendo = videogames. And to be anti-Nintendo is to be anti-videogames. Players and developers alike.