Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently spoke with CNN about the Wii U, and said that he believes people will understand the system after they have spent some time with it. He compared the console to the Nintendo DS which also had quite a few skeptics when it launched, due to the fact that they didn't know what to make of a system that had two screens to look at it. Miyamoto feels that over time, players will view the GamePad's touchscreen as essential.
“There was a period when we first released the Nintendo DS that people would say there’s no way people can look at two screens at once. I almost feel like, as people get more familiar with Wii U and these touchscreen interfaces, that there is going to come a point where they feel like ‘I can’t do everything I want to do if I don’t have a second screen’.”
Miyamoto went on to say that he feels the Wii U is more than just a game machine and is "ideal to have in the living room" due to its many practical features.
“I feel a device like Wii U, with its ability to continue to offer new features and that network connection and the connection to the TV and the interface, really makes it feel that it’s more than just a game machine, but something that offers a lot of practical use and practical purpose in the living room. I look at it as being a very useful device that can do many different things and therefore really seems to be the device that’s ideal to have in the living room.”
In addition, Miyamoto also said that Nintendo's "immediate objective" is to improve the stability of the Wii U and "make it a little more convenient to use from a system standpoint." A system update is due later this month which is meant to stabilize the OS and improve loading times.
Source: CNN via My Nintendo News, Polygon