@Claude said:Sometimes I think people want Nintendo to get out of the hardware business just because they want to play Nintendo games on their hardware of choice. I guess they think the hardware is too underpowered or the control methods too gimmicky for their liking.
Yeah, that's pretty much the way I feel. Except it isn't just about maintaining a level of visual and experiential fidelity, it's also about features and modern amenities. Nintendo has weird priorities when it comes to their devices. A portable console like the 3DS is rendered entirely not portable by a horrendous battery. The way Nintendo ignores multiplayer functionality, game patches, DLC, even game demos (until very recently) is simply behind the times. So even if the Wii was equally as powerful as the 360 and PS3 this hardware generation, it would have been the last resort console for my game purchases. The only praise I can throw its way is that at least the thing wasn't released with a known fatal design flaw that left me with a lemon of a console.
So yes, my prayers would be answered if I could enjoy the fantastic first party Nintendo games on a console that I enjoy using and, more importantly, already own. Saving about $200 to $300 would free me up to buy that many more games. Sure, there needs to be competition, but for the type of gamer that I am, Nintendo isn't that.
Before I get caught in the "game patches are a bad thing" argument, I agree, but they're a necessity and Nintendo was bit a couple of times with major issues with no elegant way to fix them.
Jesus Christ, the battery is not that bad. How often do you play portable games for stretches of 5+ hours without access to an electrical outlet at any point in time?