Something I've come to realize in the discussions of this thread is that even though the Wii was initially crazy successful and had a shorter replacement cycle than its competitors (while still taking 6 years to be replaced), the problem lies in the Wii's specs and approach. The Wii had pretty garbage specs (even for 2006 standards) and that hurts the longevity of the console in terms of first and third party support. The Switch is a different case because it's a hybrid. Yes, its specs as a home console can be pretty garbage. But it is a clear generational leap over the 3DS and Vita in terms of the handheld market. Plus, the motion controls on Switch are more tastefully integrated.
So even though I do believe the Wii was killed off too early, they really would've had to shift the focus to justify waiting until 2013 for a successor. We would've needed more first-party support like Star Fox, another Mario spin-off, and maybe some remakes. We also might have needed a Wii Pro or something in 2010 or 2011 with at least 128 MB of RAM, a slightly faster CPU and GPU, and HDMI support.
Wii's specs weren't a problem for either first or third party support. Nintendo were clearly comfortable building games to that spec, while games like Modern Warfare 3, Rayman Origins, de Blob 2, Conduit 2, etc in 2011 showed third parties could also easily make games for it if they wanted. But why would they when Nintendo themselves stopped properly supporting the platform?
Wii's specs had nothing to do with Nintendo moving on prematurely.
The Game Boy and PS2 are the best examples really, they got games released for them for a few years while the new platforms came in.
We know that it worked in those cases, the question is, would it work in the cases where it wasn't done or wasn't done properly (Wii, SNES, DS).
SNES was well supported up until its replacement and even got significant games after that like Donkey Kong Country 3 and Kirby's Dreamland 3.Last edited by curl-6 - on 11 August 2020
Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.