Nintendo have been messaging existing Wii owners on the WiiConnect24 channel in order to tell them that the Wii U is not just an incremental and optional upgrade. A little on the desperate side, perhaps, but every little helps.
“Did you know that you can play nearly all of your existing Wii games on Wii U?" asks the new message, as reported by IGN. "Your Wii controllers and many Wii accessories can also be used with a new Wii U console — along with any downloaded games, save data, and other info stored in your existing Wii console."
“Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It’s not just an upgrade — it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment. The second screen on the included Wii U GamePad controller enables never-before-seen ways to play games and enjoy TV. And for the first time ever, you can see Mario and your favorite Nintendo franchises in glorious HD.”
ASDA slashed the Wii U's asking price by another £50 today in order to combat sluggish sales, which Nintendo blames on a lack of first party exclusives and terrible, unhelpful and invisible advertising. Though I personally feel that this WiiConnect24 message actively makes the Wii U sound even more like an upgrade, just a fraction of the existing Wii install base buying the new console would help Nintendo's outlook tremendously.