We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different.
The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad, only on the TV in Wii Mode. For those hoping to play some conventionally controlled games — particularly those from the VC — on the new controller, this may be disappointing. Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata stated that at the present time, Nintendo can't satisfy gamer's desires to play their transferred Wii Shop catalogue on the new controller; you should keep those Wii Remotes, Nunchuks and Classic Controllers handy.
However, Iwata did mention that there are plans for a Wii U Virtual Console that will be compatible with the Wii U GamePad in the future. What do you make of this news: is it a surprise, or was it to be expected?