The N64 still sold decently though and had several of the most iconic, highly regarded and fondly remembered video games in history. Neither Wii U nor Gamecube can really claim as much.
Several? Take out OOT (which BOTW was made during the Wii U years) and Mario 64 and which games are you talking about? I'd also argue the regard in which Splatoon is held and will be. I'll give you Golden Eye, but I'll take Bayonetta 2.
Selling decently also does not negate the fact that it is the sole system that has put Nintendo in the situation it is in now with 3rd party games (or more so the lack of their major franchises ).
Bayo 2, great game though it is, isn't remotely on par with the likes of Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie, Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, or even Starfox 64 in terms of being iconic and fondly remembered. Millions of people look back on those games as synonymous with the mid to late 90s, basically nobody will look back in 20 years and say Bayo 2 was an icon of the 2010s. Wii U itself will be virtually forgotten by then, yet the 64 has endured as a beloved and landmark system.
And the 64 is not by any means solely responsible for Nintendo's third party situation. Subsequent systems also contributed to that too.
Last edited by curl-6 - on 05 December 2018