i guess i didnt think it needed to be stated explicitly but yeah, that is what i meant. true nintendo could regain it but the 3DS launch had not mainstream fanfare around it. not like nintendo used to have. not like apple has with every stupidedly minor detail of anything they do. but you're absolutely right, the main stream is fickel.
that's exactly why i could see the wiiU being a collasal failure. when you target the mainstream exclusively and ignore the base as nintendo did this last gen, then you have a huge risk/reward factor about whether or not you actually hit with the mainstream. I'm really curious to see which side of the coin nintendo lands on with this.
Being that the DS also heavily targeted the mainstream, the 3DS launched with little fanfare, and the lack of swooning by the media hasn't seemed to have hurt the 3DS, what evidence do we have that this lack of attention will hurt the Wii U ...
One of the core strategies of Nintendo is a focus on local multiplayer which has been abandoned by Sony and Microsoft (and Apple doesn't even try to approach). There are tens of millions of people who will be buying a console to play games with their room-mates, girl-friends, and children in the next generation and by default Nintendo will capture these gamers; because they will be the only company who has decent quality local multiplayer games.