Back in August we had a house fire which destroyed much of the contents by heat & smoke, including my Wii & PS3. Insurance will replace both, but I'm debating whether I should replace the Wii with a Wii U or not.
Actually, the first question is whether to replace them at all. I mean, my free time is fairly limited, and we try to limit my son's game playing time. So why drop $$ on a console which doesn't get used?
The PS3 will get replaced because it's a decent Blu-Ray player (although it's non-HDMI audio is limited). And my son will have his 3DS and my wife an iTouch. So there's no shortage of games machines around.
OTOH, the insurance will cover the Wii, so no cost to me. That also means I can still play the GameCube games (assuming I can buy some controllers somewhere) and will have access to the Homebrew channel.
But I won't be able to play any Wii U games . . . not that the launch batch has any true must plays. Sure, New Super Mario Bros U is "the best 3D Mario in decades", but I've never been a super big fan of 2D Mario, I prefer the action-adventure style of SM64 and Zelda. So while I can perhaps see getting a Wii U at some point in the future, I can live without for the moment. But that also means any games come with the sticker shock of buying a new console.
But, if I replace the Wii with a Wii U then the insurance will pick up some of the cost and I'm future proof for the moment. But I'll lose GameCube compatibility (eBay, since I sold mine at a garage sale...) and the Homebrew channel (although I can get emulators for the PC). Which is what I'll probably do, but not today. I wonder what Black Friday & Boxing Day sales will bring...