The OP pretty much sums up my feelings towards Nintendo these days. They've made questionable decision after head scratching decision generation after generation in spite of their success, and they've really screwed the pooch this gen with the Wii U to the point where it's really going to be tough for them to make a comeback, far beyond the predicament they found themselves in at the end of the N64's and GC's life cycles.
Edit: Rare was also a hugely disappointing fall from grace for me, going from putting out absolute must own gem after gem during the N64 days with so much potential heading into the 6th gen to the fantastic looking but underwhelming Starfox Adventures on GC and their subsequent software output on M$ consoles, hitting a low point with BK Nuts & Bolts and being reduced to making casual / party games for the Kinect.
Wait you bought Nintendo consoles after the GameCube? Could have fooled me.
Sure did... bought a Wii and a DS within a year of each respective system's release. Had a lot of fun with both of them, but then Nintendo let the Wii die a slow, painful death from 2010 onwards with major releases being few and far between.
Then after they pulled the plug on the Wii, they released the Wii U with what was probably the worst console launch since the Saturn... overpriced compared to its competitors with hardly any compelling software, and no real 3rd party support to speak of.
As for the 3DS, I also held off on picking one up because again it was way overpriced at launch with no compelling software outside of a couple of N64 ports, and the only game on it that I've actually wanted to play since its release was A Link Between Worlds, which I borrowed from my cousin and beat in less than a week. Since then I've had no reason to pick up a 3DS either.
On 2/24/13, MB1025 said:
You know I was always wondering why no one ever used the dollar sign for $ony, but then I realized they have no money so it would be pointless.