I haven't really followed Nintendo's handhelds as with the exception of 3DS I never owned any. It's just that in isolation the 3DS just seems to me a poorly designed piece of hardware. Switch for example is vastly superior in concept and execution.
I think he had some valid comparisons though.
Nintendo didnt have color until 1998 when Lynx had one in 1989.
They didnt have a backlit screen until 2003 when Game Gear had one in 1991.
They didnt have a touch screen until 2004 when Game.com had one in 1997.
They didn't have a control stick until 2011 when Tapwave Zodiac had one in 2003.
When the herd loses its way, the shepard must kill the bull that leads them astray.