With a lot of discussion out there about the Wii-U and the future of Nintendo I wanted to pose the question: Rather than "giving up" and going software-only, should Nintendo drop home consoles and go handheld-only?
I think handheld platforms represent a much better showcase for the games Nintendo excels at making. Their choice to stay a step behind in regards to hardware horsepower in favor of the "unique" Wii-U screen's experience (coupled with their failure to embrace HD resolutions at all prior to the Wii-U's release) seems to indicate that their hearts really aren't in it. Does the Wii-U offer anything in the way of gameplay experience that the DS/3DS coupled with a NFC sensor couldn't provide? Unless you insist on seeing graphics on a larger screen, I would answer "no." Even Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, what I would consider their best efforts to date wouldn't suffer that badly on the 3DS XL if they'd done it right and put dual sticks on it.
Granted, it would still be weird to live in a world without a dedicated Nintendo console under the TV but it would allow them to focus and really nail the area where they've not once given up dominance since 1989 or so.
As a sidenote, I'd love to see them take a page out of Apple's book on this. Catalog titles as downloadable apps, some sort of subscription service as suggested on the Bombcast this week, some sort of development studio (maybe WarioWare branded, maybe not) to let people develop and share games, digital distribution option for those who want it, more of a regular cycle for hardware updates (thus allowing a timeline for people to plan purchases ... right now I'm unwilling to buy a 3DS because I'm afraid they'll release a dual-stick model further down the line).
Not that they couldn't do all this now, but should the Wii-U turn out to be a burden, it'll be hard for them in this age of disappearing capital to come up with the resources they need to turn things around in other departments.
What do you think?