Yeah, bind the world against it. The WiiU did bad, this is a fundamental marketshare killer.
Since the third generation (and with a single exception, i.e. the 5200, even before that), every single console has had one immutable promise associated with it - that being that this one machine is all you will need for this generation, however long it is. Doesn't matter if its a game from 2006 or 2013, my day one Ps3 will play it. Thats a full generation of gaming for a one time fee, which justifies the price tag, and helps to differentiate it from PC's. At worst, you have what Nintendo did with the N64, an add-on for the console you had to buy with the expansion pack. And even then, they were subtle about how they did it to avoid a backlash.
Every manufacturer is pretty much on board with this, and will launch their consoles at the same time. Its why you'll usually see a generations consoles launch within roughly a year of each other - at most, 2 years. Thats partially why we even have a concept of generations, along with power differences.
But this? Sony and Microsoft are both planned well into 2017, with some saying even 2018 for Sony if people are right about the FF 7 remake. This generation is just starting, but Nintendo want people to buy another console from them? Why the hell would they do that? Heck, whats the guarantee that Nintendo won't pull the same shit a third time, and you'll be out another couple hundred bucks on a console?
The only way this console can work is if they actively pay Gamestop and Best Buy to take them, and then tell people that they can trade in their WiiU's for an NX for free. Otherwise this is just asking fans to pay because of Nintendo's huge mistake. And with their already incredibly fractured and small fanbase, thats a way to destroy it completely.
And this is without even looking at the other issues. No optical drive? Leaving aside how this manages to remove the console once again from the home theater position, and with it removing something needed in its favor, AND ignoring how this means there will be no backwards compatability, which will just further piss off the people who did buy WiiU's, this means Nintendo are either moving towards an online distribution only system, which is completely insane for a console and has every problem that the Xbox One originally had except worse, even IF Nintendo had a coherent and proper account system, or they're moving towards the use of USB's or SD cards, which is more expensive and would lead to piracy worse than any console before it. Which would in turn provoke an overreaching response that would further piss off customers.