The graphical capabilities of the hardware is something that’s been “hard to explain” — even developers have struggled when explaining it. However, Shigeru Miyamoto was a little more specific in his explanation.
In an interview with Gamespot, Miyamoto said that the Wii U may not “necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now.” The reason behind this decision seems to be pricing concerns, and that parents may not purchase the console after a certain price limit.
“We’re very sensitive to pricing because people have generally only a certain amount of their spending that they’ll devote to entertainment,” said Miyamoto, indicating that the touchscreen controller might be “somewhat reckless” from a pricing standpoint. But, the idea for the tablet style touch screen controller isn’t a late addition, Miyamoto added.