|Arius Dion said:
Soundwave made a good point. This is the first time in Nintendo's history where financial losses are a regular occurrence. 1 loss in 25yrs prior to Wii U's launch. This alone should show Nintendo that the direction they took, both in handheld and home console was bonkers. Something will need to give because this is a business, and the aim is to make money, not lose it.
I don't know if there's much Nintendo can do though really, without sacrificing what makes them Nintendo.
The thing with their consoles is most people (minus fanboys who are only like 0.05% of the audience), don't really care about the console they buy per se. They just want the best "format". That means access to the most games, which Nintendo never has. A generic console called "Box" with minimal advertising head to head would beat Nintendo most of time if it just played third party games and not much else.
It's nothing personal to Nintendo, it would the same if I offered you one cable box that had 20 channels versus another that has 100 channels or a movie format, one which is supported by 5 movies studios and the other is only supported by Disney. Most people would chose the non-Disney one.
The handheld collapse is because of the smartphone/tablet market too ... not much Nintendo can really do about that.
Pretty dark days for Nintendo, probably the darkest in their game history.