"core fans" is the optimal phrase in the title.
Yes, but I'm saying a lot of core fans left, and those core fans mattered, and most of the ones that are left and pretending they don't care about graphics are lying. They care.
And ultimately, more will leave if Nintendo doesn't meet them half way.
Nope, i dont care about graphics to the exact to be mad about it, obviously i dont want Nintendo to go back to NES visuals but hopefully you get my point.
We have seen with Wii & Wii U that Nintendo has been able to release amazing & beautiful games without having hardware on par with the competitors.
Games like Mario Galaxy, Prime 3, Twilight Princess/Skyward Sword, Endless Ocean looked great upon release and games like Mario Kart 8, Xenoblade X, Captain Toad, Woolly World look great.
I personally do not want Nintendo to go into a power battle with PS/XB because im a strong supporter of a unified platform where the handheld & console share the same library. In theory, this should help Nintendo release quality games in a more timely manner and that is far more important to me than being powerful.