To anwser this thread i would lose interest in Nintendo like most people did with Sega. Nintendo games are unique and require a unique system, otherwise there games will be all the same.
About settling with whatever Nintendo make, well maybe true about the 3rd party market however you buy an iPhone for there software much like Nintendo with there software.
Sony on the otherhand decide to sell there systems over $800 and force you to buy a DvD or Blu-Ray player, thats telling people to settle. Nintendo has alwas been very generous about there system pricing and they dont throw in anything that true gamers dont want.