Wii U fails to impress CNET UK readers, according to our poll

Over half of those who responded to our poll on Nintendo's new Wii U are unimpressed with Nintendo's efforts. Just 35 per cent of respondents said they liked the look of the quirky new console.

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Nintendo's impressively crazy new home console, the Wii U, has failed to make much of an impression here in the UK, if our poll results are anything to go by.

Last week we asked CNET UK readers to vote whether your heart was set alight or rent in twain by Ninty's follow-up to its monumentally successful Wii. The Wii U comes with a massive controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen bang in the centre and more buttons than a job centre at the end of pantomime season.

But even outputting video in glorious HD wasn't enough to impress those who voted in our poll -- when we asked the question, "What do you think of the Wii U?" 106 of 194 respondents ticked the box marked, "Horrible! Remove it from my sight immediately!" That's 55 per cent.

A slender 35 per cent voiced their support for the console by choosing the option marked, "Great idea! Top job, Ninty!" The remaining 10 per cent showed their indifference (or confusion) by answering "Wii whuh? I'm all about Angry Birds."

One commenter on the poll said, "Why did they have to try redesigning the controller again anyway? They should have been putting the effort into making the console."

Another heartbroken respondent said, "Seriously... this controller well it looks like a horrid cross between an Atari Lynx and a Sega Game Gear..." One was more positive, however. "Looks very good -- yet again Nintendo lead with hardware innovation and follow up with great games now in HD too."

So what's with all the hate? Well, while the Wii was certainly innovative, it's fallen out of favour with many gamers. Blurry standard-definition graphics and a quirky controller meant most game developers focused their efforts on hardcore titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 instead. The Wii U is no less quirky, and could suffer the same fate as its wand-waving predecessor.

On the other hand, perhaps once people get their sweaty paws on the Wii U, it'll all make more sense. We haven't closed the poll, so if you still want to weigh in, feel free (be sure to hit 'Like' on our page while you're there though), or let fly in the comments or on our Facebook wall.