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No, because the 3DS and Wii U were the worst consoles they put out aside from the Virtual Boy.

Your huge paragraphs were a pain to read, not only because of wall-of-text-syndrome, but also because of their content. I strongly disagree with your assertion that Nintendo was directionless, tone deaf or whatever other adjective, because it's more levelheaded to do more than merely look at the market performance of their botched consoles. When looking at how they've been talking about their next generation console NX, there were lots of positive signs in 2015 and 2016, and obviously the launch of Switch proved that Nintendo wasn't even remotely close to being a hopeless and oblivious company.

2015 and 2016 were the two years when it was most visible that Nintendo was in survival mode to get their financials in check. Two years that had to be scaled down in terms of pedigree of the game output, but that tradeoff was more than worth it.

2011 and 2012 give 2015 and 2016 a run for their money though. While the game output was better during those years, the Nintendo behind the scenes was much worse. In 2011 the 3DS had extended software droughts and after the price cut and a recovery, a Nintendo representative came out to state that the 3DS taught them software sells hardware. As if that is a lesson that should have ever been in doubt, but Nintendo really believed that 3D will sell the 3DS on its own. Everything concerning the Wii U in 2011 and 2012 spelled upcoming disaster.

Come to think of it, I'd actually pick 2011 and 2012 as Nintendo's worst years, because my mood at the time was very aggravated because of how apparent it was to me that Nintendo would piss it all away in the upcoming years. Whereas in 2015 and 2016 I was quite happy because fat years were coming up.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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