I think the guy who is the head of Gearbox (Randy PItchford?) said the Wii U is absolutely more powerful than the PS3 and 360. I believe he's making Aliens: Colonial Marines and the fact that the graphics look better than PS3/360 and the console also has to stream visuals to the GamePad says something. Now, as to whether the graphics will be better than the eventual Orbis/Durango is up in the air but most likely those will be a good leap over the Wii U. Anyone play around with SmartGlass now that it's available? I get the impression that MS is trying to leverage the fact that most people who have a 360 also have a tablet or smartphone and add a "Wii U"ish feature but it seems to be basically pointless. I also haven't played any games for PS3 and utilize the Vita in a "Wii U"ish way, which is disappointing, and I'm not sure any exist. There are cross-play games and cross-buy games, but none that seem to use the Vita for a regular PS3 game for added features. Also, Nintendo has had their retail units for the Wii U and launch games go out to the press. Look around and you can find a bunch of unboxing videos/pics. The biggest news for me was the way you move stuff from your Wii to your Wii U (both need to be on and online, use an SD card to transfer, Wii ends up being completely wiped in the process) but also any unused Wii Points get moved, too. This means that the 2000 Wii Points that I (for some reason) still have unspent will be useful! I hope the Virtual Console games work on the GamePad. One little sidenote: the Wii backwards compatibility, along with some stuff for the online store, will require a day 0 patch update. As for games being available on Day 1 as digital downloads, you'll want to get a chunky external HDD. The onboard memory is either 16 or 32 GB and full Wii U retail games can be big. I read that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is like 17 GB on its own, meaning you NEED external memory to just download the game on the regular Wii U unit. I'm excited for my black Wii U to match my fat glossy PS3 and my Kinect-era glossy 360.