The internet wasn't a thing for anyone back then but gaming mags and such were the criticism was a common notion among the media and developers.
I don't think you understand what you're arguing with this part them being comparable is the point as NS hasn't reached handheld price point range yet.
PS4 also haven't reached mass market price like PS2 on 199 and 99 price points when slim model and PS3 launched. This can be an endless argument if we try to say one should be considered different than the other.
Magazines here as far as I know didn't complain about SNES.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"