You heard me right, folks. I know, I know, Nintendo has always tried to sell a cheap piece of hardware. I also know that has worked out for them at points (Wii, 3ds) but it more often has lead to decreased sales from previous generations (N64, Gamecube, Wii U). This is a different age now. The playstation and microsoft devices are increasingly getting geared more towards a longer than 5-6 year life cycle. I suspect the NX won't release until, the earliest, 2017 and, therefore, Nintendo won't be caught up to the competition until then. If, by 2017, the NX launched with similar power capababilities (or even slightly greater), were going to have the same issue with it that we did with the Wii U having similar power to ps3/360. This is why I think it would be best for Nintendo to release a mega console that totally blows the ps4/xbox one out of the water and matches modern ultra powerful pcs.
This sucker needs to have 32 gig ram, at least 3-5 terabytes of hardrive, some chip no one or their mothers has even heard of yet, and anything else that would make this thing advanced as all get out! Yes, it will be expensive, but I have a plan for that too. I think Nintendo should allow their customers to pay $100 a year until it is payed off. This will encourage people to buy their device, even though it will be expensive in the long run (but $100 a year is hardly anything to gamers so it would work out fine). Ultimately, this ultra powerful device would be so much more powerful than the ps4/xbone, that by the time the ps5/xbtwo release they will be either just as powerful or barely more. This device should be powerful enough to last 10 years, which would encourage people to buy them without worry of the device being repleased, encourage developers that their games have a huge potential for legs as well as knowing the hardware won't change so they can really master making games on the device in an efficient way, as well as encourage the shareholders that Nintendo isn't going to bank their company in a new, radical idea every 5-6 years that could, potentially, be a failure as have many of their devices.
Mega powerful Nintendo home console that is a 10 year device where you pay $100 a year until it is paid off.
Mega powerful console that last ten years would cost like 4 grand... and might not even last the full 10 years as being considered high-end. That aside... the real issue I have with this is the $100 a year until it is paid off. Do you realize how many people would pay $100 to get it then just stop paying? I mean more than likely a wild ass guess would be 10-20% of people... thats a lot of money lost. I think you might have more faith in people than you should, just saying.
Personally I would like to see a console that is on-par or slightly more powerful than the PS4. Put the thing out there with a regular ass controller and no forced crazy peripheral(looking at you gamepad and kinect), price it around $300 at launch, maybe $350 tops(its been a year and a half since ps4/xbone launched, prices on that tech have gone down), garner 3rd party support once again and proceede with this Nintendo Network overhaul and launch the thing with some seriously killer AAA 1st party games with whatever the latest 3rd party AAA is as well.
I don't think we'll ever see a traditional console platform that last as long as the 7th gen did. PS3/360 were as powerful, maybe even more, than top of the line gaming PC's at the time. The price reflected that, as well as the consoles lifespan. A 5 year console cycle is pretty good imo to keep prices where they should be, and games moving forward and starting to innovate again. Things started to get really stale towards the end of the 7th gen and that has somewhat carried over into the 8th gen.