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Nintendo focusing on mobile hardware has been it's biggest success in the gaming market.

I consider myself a "mature" core gamer who loves a good AAA FPS game... Or jump into an Real Time Strategy like Company of Heroes or a Turn Based Strategy like Civilization... But also throw myself into Dragon Age or Final Fantasy for that RPG/JRPG fix.

But I also gravitate back towards Nintendo's mobile console for my Zelda fix.

Every platform has it's strengths and weaknesses, Nintendo currently is playing to it's mobile console strengths where it was always a leader.
For all intents they have exited the fixed home console market, which always saw less and less sales with each successive home console release until the Wii came along that had that casual audience appeal, but that was likely a 1-time only deal.

So... Does Nintendo suck at making Core gamer consoles? No. Their consoles have always had an appeal, with some of the best games of that generation with solid hardware up until the Gamecube.

NES: Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby Adventure.
SNES: Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid.
N64: Goldeneye, Perfect Dark.
Gamecube: Metroid Prime, Twilight Princess.

Every Nintendo console brought something new to the gaming world with it's titles with impressive visuals for the time. Sad they gave that race up, but I am enjoying their portable console focus this generation.

--::{PC Gaming Master Race}::--